Below you’ll find a list of must-have apps (Cydia Packages) for your new Jailbreak 5.0.1. These apps are some of the most used apps, and will have your iPhone functioning as it should have been under iOS 5.0.1. – screenshots coming.
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE (1/07/2012)
NoLock prevented my iPhone from dimming after lighting up on a lockscreen alert. This decreased battery life tremendously. Fail.
KillBackground has been my favorite app (outside of MailEnhancer) to-date. It allowed me to create an Activator event that kills all apps, except the music app) with a Short Hold of the Home button. Score.
A Little Background
Yes, I “have a little fun” with Blackberrys, and Blackberry Themes. Yes, I enjoy building iPhone Web based apps, and iPhone/iPad ready websites. Two years ago, I purchased the iPhone and was using it mainly for business purposes, but never setup my Exchange mail accounts because I didn’t like having to type out different signatures for the different Exchange accounts every time I wanted to send an email. I have 7 different email accounts on my iPhone and 10 different email accounts total. This is an integral feature that Apple’s iPhone needs in order to establish itself as a business phone. Another feature the iPhone needs is text replacement. Rim’s Blackberry will continue to win as it offers these two features as default with its operating systems.
It wasn’t until about a year after I purchased the iPhone that I found MailEnhancer and went ahead with untethered Jailbreak 4.3.1. MailEnhancer is the only reason that I do not upgrade my iPhone when new iOSs are released. I refuse to be without it. And I refuse to upgrade the iOS until a jailbreak is released that will allow me to continue using MailEnhancer.
Now on to the goods…
The Jailbreak 5.0.1 Process & How-To
I installed Jailbreak 5.0.1 on my iPhone on Wednesday following the process found here: Jailbreak 5.0.1 Untethered (iOS 5) – iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad, iPod Touch 4G, 3G
The process wasn’t too difficult to follow. However, I had jailbreak 4.3.1 installed, so I had to backup and do a clean install of iOS 5.0.1 with iTunes prior to running the jailbreak software provided at the link above.
Of the apps that I had installed previously, I am only using about 4.
I used AptBackup (BigBoss & Chris Featherstone) to run a backup list of the apps I had installed prior to wiping the iPhone. AptBackup doesn’t backup the actual apps, it simply creates a list for you to restore those apps. Once you reinstall Cydia, you open AptBackup, hit “Restore” and it will find and restore the apps for you.
Unfortunately for me, a few apps that I used under Jailbreak 4.3.1 weren’t working under Jailbreak 5.0.1. But fortunately for you, that meant I spent a good 9.75 hours scouring Cydia finding the apps that would work, and didn’t cause Springboard to crash. hello.
The following is the list I generated of the Must-Have apps for Jailbreak 5.0.1. Enjoy!
This is great for blocking the ads that appear in iPhone apps like Angry Birds, and Safari.
Change the lockscreen camera button to a different app.
Great for using QuickReply and QuickCompose
I didn’t like having a red notification count above my icons. Black looks better.
I like to change the standard iOS font. I’m using Tuffy font this time.
This make sure that your lockscreen always shows the camera shortcut. And I use “AnyLockApp” above to replace the camera shortcut with Twitter or Facebook – depending on the week.
iPhone limits you to 12 apps per page. Inifiboard allows you to have an infinite number of apps on each page. I prefer to have one long page that I can swipe up and down – like my Blackberry, of course. (wink)
iPhone limits the number of apps that you have in your dock.
iPhone limits each folder to 12 apps per folder. Infinifolders allows you to have an infinite number of apps in each folder you create. I have quite a few social apps, so I had to move some apps into an alternate folder. This eliminates my having to do that.
iPhone folder apps have a white/greyish border which doesn’t look too great on dark backgrounds. This makes the background invisible.
This allows me to display notifications on my lockscreen.
This app allows you to have multiple signatures for your email.
This is the reason I installed the jailbreak on my iPhone in the first place. And this was the reason that I would not install iOS 5.0.1 until there was a jailbreak for it.
iPhone dims the background image on the lockscreen. This removes that.
This app creates a “lock” app on your iphone – like the Blackberry.
I actually spent about 2 hours trying to determine what was crashing Springboard. I had installed QuickLock (1) instead of QuickLock 2. QuickLock (1) was apparently for the previous jailbreak version. But the notes aren’t really indicitive of that. And I didn’t notice that there was a QuickLock 2 until I was looking for an app to replace the app that I thought was causing the crash. hello.
This allows me to make my app icons smaller. In coordination with Infiniboards, this app allows me to fit more apps on the screen and scroll less.
SmartFolders for Mail
This app allows you to filter your email.