While you’re at it, don’t forget to take a look at this tried and trusted list of the best apps available through Cydia. Some may be outdated, such as Backgrounder, now that iOS has been updated to include multitasking, but others like SBSettings are just as useful today as they were then. And if you haven’t already, be sure to download MakeUseOf’s Underground Guide to the iPhone.
This is a must-have for any iPad user who doesn’t own an iPhone. It’s pretty frustrating when, as an iPad user, you find that an app has not been optimized for the larger format. FullForce basically tricks the app into thinking it was made for the iPad’s larger screen. In order to activate FullForce with any given app, you have to toggle the feature through your Settings panel.
FullForce is not without its glitches, and doesn’t work with just any app. They have a list of compatible apps, and even that list is filled with issues. While it does solve the resolution issue, it sometimes comes at the price of using only half of the screen and at times even causes the app to crash. That said, it still is an improvement on the way that the iPad handles iPhone apps.
An example of how FullForce works can be seen with the Tumblr app. Before activating FullForce, the app, when scaled to fit the iPad’s screen looks like this:
Once FullForce is activated, it improves the resolution, but the execution still does leave a little to be desired:
To download FullForce, just fire up Cydia and search for the app. If you’re willing to pay for this feature, their sister app, RetinaPad is available for Cydia for $2.99, which simulates the iPhone 4′s retina display.
Activator used to come with the multi-tasking app Backgrounder. Now that Apple has finally integrated multi-tasking into its OS, if you want to benefit from Activator’s features, you can just download the standalone app, which is compatible with both the iPad and iPhone.
What Activator does is allow you to create custom gestures or shortcuts to access certain apps or features. From controlling your iPod, locking your screen, toggling WiFi or bluetooth on and off, launching a specific program or even taking screenshots, you can determine the exact gesture to achieve your task. The gestures you can use including shaking your device, connecting or disconnecting the power and pressing the home or power buttons.
Compatible with both the iPhone and iPad, WeatherIcon is a simple little app which adds the current forecast as a little badge over your Weather icon.
WeatherIcon doesn’t just work with the native Apple Weather app, but works with a whole list of apps including The Weather Channel, The Weather Channel Max for iPad, and WeatherEye.
If you don’t have access to your computer, where you can easily organize the apps on your iPad or iPhone, it’s a bit of a hassle dragging one icon around at a time placing it in the desired folder or changing it’s location. With MultiIconMover you can move as many icons at a time as you want.
First, you have to press down on any given icon until you activate the delete/move feature on your iPhone or iPad. You can then begin to select as many apps as you want, as long as they are not inside a folder. You can then drag just one of the icons to the desired location, hit the home button, and the rest of the selected apps will automatically be moved.
If you’ve installed a lot of Cydia apps to your iPad or iPhone, it can also be a hassle removing them. Normally you have to go through Cydia itself, unlike removing iTunes apps by simply clicking clicking a little X at the corner of the app to get rid of it. Cydelete allows you to delete Cydia installed apps in exactly the same way. Of course with most of the apps listed here, Cydelete isn’t much help since none of them leave an icon on the home screen.
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