From quick reply, to custom gestures, keyboard shortcuts, and more, here's how to get the most out of your iOS 7 jailbreak on iPhone and iPad!
Jailbreak lets you do far more with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad than is possible out of the box. For some it's an unwanted complication, for others, dream functionality come true. Part of the power of jailbreak comes from the apps and tweaks that it lets you run. Available from Cydia, the jailbreak app store, they can change almost everything about the look and behavior of your iOS device. But which ones are worth your time and effort? Which ones are the best? Here are my favorites!
BiteSMS is hands down the best replacement for the Messages app. It's been around almost as long as jailbreak itself and has always been heavily supported by the developer. It features quick reply and quick compose options with gestures that are completely customizable through Activator. You can also by credits via BiteSMS which is great for folks that send a lot of international messages since it's much cheaper than carrier rates. BiteSMS is currently in beta for iOS 7 but you can install it now by simply adding a source.
If you want a better messaging option than what the Messages app offers natively, there's no other option but BiteSMS.
Activator basically controls all the swipe gestures on your iPhone or iPad and allows you to customize them until your hearts content. Want to double tap on the status bar and launch a quick compose window for BiteSMS? Activator lets you do that, and so much more. Tweak controls for music, a swipe to email a specific contact, or to launch your camera. The possibilities are endless with Activator.
If you want to customize gestures to your personal liking, you need Activator.
SwitchSpring not only gives you a quick way to respring your iPhone through Control Center but a super easy way to kill all apps from the multitasking tray in one go. Although I really like the card interface of the multitasking section of iOS 7 and the live previews it offers, it isn't always the most efficient way to quit a ton of apps. With SwitchSpring I can kill all my apps in less than three seconds.
If you want an easy way to kill everything in multitasking, SwitchSpring is a super convenient way to do it.
SwipeSelection Pro is a keyboard tweak that makes editing text a lot easier. Instead of having to tap in between words and use the magnifying glass, SwipeSelection Pro lets you scrub right on your keyboard to fine tune where your cursor ends up. That also means you don't ever have to remove your fingers from the keyboard. There's a free version as well, but the Pro version was completely redone for iOS 7 and gives more customization options than the older version.
iFile is a full blown file manager for the iPhone that lets you browse the entire file system unrestricted since it gives you root user permissions. It also lets you view several file types that iOS doesn't let you view by default such as ZIP files. I don't use iFile itself that frequently but I do use it all the time in conjunction with other apps when I don't have a computer around and need to open a file that my iPhone doesn't let me natively.
If you need root access to your iPhone's file system or open many different file types on a regular basis, get iFile.
Before Control Center was around, there was SBSettings. Now that Control Center's here, there's still a lot of advanced options to be had and CCControls gives you them. With more toggles than you can shake a stick at, it's the best option. It even has different themes built right in to make it easier to tell what controls are activated and what aren't.
There are few things as bad as checking your iPhone in a dark room and being blinded by it with no warning. It's no secret that ambient light sensors in iPhones and iPads have never been that great. F.lux takes things a step further and actually warms the screen color depending on the time of day so you don't end up being caught off guard by a hard, bright screen.
If you have sensitive eyes and find your iPhone screen tones to harsh in dim lighting, F.lux is awesome.
Did I miss any of your favorite jailbreak apps or tweaks? If so, please add them to the comments and tell me — what makes them your must-haves?