The iOS App switcher remains mostly unchanged for the past several years, but a new iOS 6 jailbreak app called Auxo delivers a better iOS app switcher to jailbroken devices.
Auxo is a working version of the iOS app switcher concept we saw earlier this year in The Verge forums. The concept is now close to a reality, and is coming to Cydia for devices running an iOS 6 jailbreak. This means it only works on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.
After watching the Auxo demo video below, courtesy of iDownloadBlog, iPhone 5 owners are certainly hoping for an iOS 6 jailbreak in the near future.
Auxo uses cards instead of the app icons when a user double taps on the home button. This allows users to see what’s happening in the app, but that’s not all it does. Instead of a long press and a tap to quit an app, Auxo supports gestures. Swiping down on an app will quit the app. Swiping down on two apps will quit tow apps. The launcher is smart enough to warn users if they are quitting an app that is playing music in the background.
Auxo also re-imagines the music controls. Swiping left to right brings up a new screen with access to playback controls and the ability to see album art full screen.
Another swipe brings up toggles, similar to the NCSettings jailbreak app. Here users can quickly toggle eight settings like Bluetooth, WiFi, Airplane mode and more.
Auxo is coming to Cydia soon, though no price is announced. iDownloadBlog says the developers are working on an iOS 5 compatible version, but at launch the tweak will only run on devices with an iOS 6 jailbreak. This means most iPhone 4S and all iPhone 5 owners are not able to use Auxo yet as there is no iOS 6 jailbreak for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S.
If Apple is going to shake things up in iOS 7 next year, we hope it incorporates a new App Switcher like this, and the new notifications shown off by the same creator. Apple has a long history of adopting jailbreak tweaks into the stock version of iOS, and for hiring iOS hackers to come work for the company.
The iOS 6 jailbreak for the iPhone 5 is not available yet, but famed iOS hacker pod2g recently said he, “believes iOS 6 will be jailbroken.” in a lengthy interview about the iPhone 5, iOS 6 and jailbreaking. Check out the latest jailbreak news at Gotta Be Mobile.