, the long awaited untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1, is finally out and now seems like the perfect time to dive down in Cydia and look for the best apps you can now freely install on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Ranging from small tweaks to bigger changes like themes and modifying button behavior and adding gestures, these Cydia apps will not only boost your iOS experience, but make you feel free of Apple’s somewhat restrictive App Store. We look forward to also hearing about your favorite post-jailbreak apps, so let us know in the comments below, but now here are our picks.
Best post jailbreak apps
Best post jailbreak apps
1. Activator - free
Activator is pretty much a must-have application for you to install after jailbreaking. It’s used by many other apps, and what it does is basically add and change shortcuts. With Activator you can assign your home key to say do something when you triple tap it.
To get it, search Cydia for Activator and install it.
2. SBSettings - free
SBSettings has been on our iPhones for years, and it’s still there - it’s basically a dropdown where you can change brightness, toggle things like your data connection, Wi-Fi, GPS and others, all extremely quickly.
3. Zephyr - $2.99
Zephyr adds gestures so you can better handle multitasking. How? For instance, instead of a double tap, you can set a swipe up to bring the multitasking menu. Such joy will cost you $2.99 on Cydia.
4. Dreamboard - free
One thing Apple hasn’t changed much about iOS since its inception is theming. But under the official radar, jailbreakers have developed many solutions and some extremely elaborate. One of the best ways to change the looks of your iPhone and make it look different (you can even mask it as Android!) is Dreamboard. The app is doing some big changes to the system, so a backup is highly recommended.
5. Pull to Refresh Safari - free
Pull to Refresh Safari is as simple and straightforward as it sounds, and that’s what we like about it - you just pull to refresh the browser. Neat.
6. iFile - free
One thing that iOS is missing is a decent file manager, and that’s what iFile is for. iFile is also impressively rich in features - you can bookmark folders and compress files among other things.
7. DisplayRecorder - $4.99
Another straightforward app, DisplayRecorder will let you capture your screen endeavors and save them into a viewable later h.264/MJPG/AVI-encoded format. Awesome for video tutorials and screencasts. It captures video in both landscape and portrait, and is pretty much your only option for recording videos.
8. IntelliScreenX - $9.99
IntelliScreenX is an easy way to add functionality to the notfication dropdown in iOS. Toggling Wi-Fi and 3G should have been there by default and this neat app fixes this. It costs a hefty $10, though, and this might be just too steep for some of you.
9. Forecast - $0.99
Little tweaks like Forecast are the best thing about jailbreaking. Forecast for example brings the weather to your home screen. Simple, genious, and only $0.99.
10. Fusion - $2
Fusion for iOS is another little tweak that will be extremely useful for those of you on more than one social network. It pushes your status updates to various social outlets at the same time.