Last week we told you about Auxo, an innovative concept for the iPhone app switcher that was brought to life in the form of a jailbreak tweak. Auxo takes the bland iOS multitasking bar to the next level with live app previews, gestures, settings toggles, and more. iPhone jailbreakers on iOS 6 can now install Auxo in Cydia for $1.99.
Unlike Apple’s stock app switcher, Auxo shows you live previews of apps you have running. You can use swipe gestures to close apps or kill all running apps at once. Auxo also comes with an enhanced music player that gives you basic controls and even the ability to view album artwork. Swipe to the far left and there are toggles for various settings, like Wi-Fi and Airplane Mode. If you hate having to go into the Settings app to constantly toggle Wi-Fi or change your screen brightness, then Auxo is a breath of fresh air.
Unfortunately, Auxo is only available for devices that can be jailbroken on iOS 6. That currently means the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and fourth-gen iPod touch. The makers of Auxo promise that an update with iOS 5 compatibility will be pushed out in Cydia next week. The tweak is also iPhone-only right now. An iPad version is coming in early 2013, which will be particularly great for viewing the live app tiles on the iPad’s larger screen.
Auxo definitely looks tailored for the iPhone 5’s taller display, but potential jailbreakers have to wait for the Chronic Dev hackers to release the iOS 6 jailbreak for Apple’s newest devices, including the iPhone 5, third-gen iPad, fifth-gen iPod touch, and iPad mini. Once the jailbreak is out, Auxo will probably be one of the first tweaks that many install right away. I know I will.
There are two really cool things about Auxo. Firstly, it started as an iOS concept that was brought to life and released in a matter of weeks. That’s an impressive feat that speaks to the innovation in the jailbreak community. If Apple won’t implement it, then others will build it. Secondly, the tweak really is a great improvement upon the iOS experience. It’s clean, minimal, and polished.
If you have a compatible device, you can get Auxo now in Cydia. For the rest of you waiting for the iOS 6 jailbreak, hang in there.