Ever since the iOS 6 untethered jailbreak was released three months ago, the jailbreaking community has released arguably the greatest tweaks and themes we’ve seen to date. Cydia now has several great offerings that make jailbreaking your iOS device all that more enticing, and we’ve got a roundup of some of the best jailbreak tweaks for iPod touch 5th gen ahead. As you would expect, these tweaks are cross-compatible with the iPhone 5.
I didn’t think much of TypeStatus when I installed it, but this simple jailbreak tweak is quite convenient. When someone else with an iMessage-enabled iPhone, iPod touch or iPad is composing a message to you, this tweak displays a small conversation bubble in the top-right corner of the status bar. In the several weeks that I have had this tweak, it’s grown on me tremendously. TypeStatus, developed by Hashbang Productions, is free on Cydia in the BigBoss repository.
This jailbreak tweak is essentially a background process, assigning multitouch gestures or actions to carry out certain iOS tasks. For example, you could enable a triple press of the home button to open Safari. Renowned jailbreak developer Ryan Petrich, who has released countless tweaks on Cydia, is the creative brainchild behind Activator. Hands down one of the most underrated yet incredibly useful tweaks out there. Free on Cydia.
For users that like to customize their iPod touch, BytaFont is a packager that houses all of the custom fonts you install. This tweak allows you to seamlessly enable or disable a custom font across the iOS platform or certain elements — the keyboard, lock screen and so forth — only. BytaFont itself is free on Cydia, and usually installs itself automatically when you download a font. There are hundreds of free fonts to choose from on Cydia, with Roboto Light being the one pictured above.
Winterboard is your central playground for enabling or disabling themes or custom icons, docks or navigation bars. Virtually every aspect of iOS that can be customized is done through Winterboard, unless you prefer to install themes manually via SSH. Dreamboard is a noteworthy alternative that does basically the same thing, but with more complex or animated themes. Winterboard is free on Cydia.
Velox, arguably one of the best jailbreak tweaks, adds context menus to native apps and certain third-party apps. The tweak greatly expands the functionality of the home screen. Make sure to read our hands-on look at Velox, $1.99 on the Cydia Store, for further details.
Auxo enhances iOS multitasking on iPhone, iPod touch and soon iPad by adding card-sized previews of each app, improved music controls, and quick toggles. The tweak has been available on the Cydia Store for $1.99 since December.
iFile grants you with mobile access to the iOS root file system, directly from an iPhone or iPod touch. With this access, you can open and edit files within the iOS platform, but you must be careful if you’re a novice. iFile is free on Cydia, but a full license costs $4.00.
While this tweak will perform its traditional job of removing image ads from any web-based user interface, namely Safari or Chrome, I value AdBlocker for its ability to remove video ads from the third-party YouTube app. For me, that functionality is alone worth the $2 that AdBlocker costs on Cydia in the BigBoss repository.
BlurriedNCBackground adds, as you would imagine, a blurred background to Notification Center. It’s a free tweak on Cydia.
This is only part one of the our best jailbreak tweaks roundup for the fifth-generation iPod touch. As you would expect, most of these tweaks work with iPhone as well. Some even work with the iPad. Let us know what your favorite jailbreak tweaks are in the comments, and they might get included in part two of our roundup.