Jonas Gesner was inspired to create ProTube to solve a problem he was experiencing at the time — the standard YouTube player for iOS defaulted to HD and on slower internet connections videos would pause to buffer a lot, making them basically un-viewable. He decided to make an app with selectable playback quality and downloadable videos; the second iteration of it delivers a native fully featured app experience. After tackling some difficult design decisions he was able to submit the app without any trouble at all from Apple, they accepted it like any other app. He still updates ProTube which is available on Cydia for $1.99, but they are fundamentally different. The first one is almost nothing more than a web view with a bunch of features stacked in, to make it an app while the second is a fully featured native YouTube experience.
He got into to developing for jailbroken iOS after some friends introduced him to it and he couldn’t find a good theme for SBSettings. After making one, he quickly began making other tweaks and apps including Bridge and Unfold but he primarily works on ProTube now. He develops with his MacBookPro and a few test devices to make sure everything works as intended. Check out the interview by clicking the following link to see what he said and get some great advice for aspiring tweak and app developers. Continue reading this post ->