Return is a new tweak coming out soon by William Vabrinskas for $0.99 on the ModMyi repo through Cydia. Return will display the most recently opened apps above your Control Center for ease of access. Additionally, the tweak also allows you to clear them if you so choose. Every time you open a new app it will push the one at the very right out of the screen and shift the other three over to make room for the new one. It’s very simple and has a native feel.
There currently aren’t any options, but he’s got a preference pane and he plans on adding in some settings for choosing the amount of apps displayed, favorites and paging if it’s requested enough. I mentioned to him that it would be really cool if he could add in a button to go back to the home screen and he says he will look into it if people are interested in that enough as well. For now I made a home button shortcut with Polus to get me by.
Overall there isn’t much to Return — it’s simple, small and yet very effective for it’s intended purpose. William likes to use elements that are present within stock iOS and that lends a very vanilla feel to his tweaks. If you look closely at my screenshot you can see a familiar little “x” in the top right corner of the darkened view. It’s the same exact one that is in the Notification Center and does almost the same thing, except that it will clear the apps in the Return view rather than clearing your notifications. He’s also rounded the corners of the Control Center as well as the darkened view for aesthetics. As someone who doesn’t normally appreciate rounded corners in apps and things like that, surprisingly I really like how it looks here.
When he first sent me the alpha build I said something really dumb like, “Man, if you put some toggles and media controls in there you’ve got an Auxo competitor.” He came right back with, “Dude, they’re in the Control Center…”
This brings me to an interesting point — almost anytime there is a tweak that lets you quickly switch apps or really anything to do with toggles, etc. — people automatically start comparing you to Auxo. This is both a good and a bad thing. A3 Tweaks has basically become a main stream development team and the tweaks they produce become the standard that everyone compares everything to. In that spirit Return doesn’t really directly compete at all, it’s more of a conceptual competition. I could go into more detail about this, but I’d rather not rattle on about Auxo when I’m not reviewing it.
If you like simple, elegant tweaks and want to try something new you can actually jump in the public beta by adding William’s repo and downloading it for yourself. Just remember it’s in beta status and any issues you have should be taken as such. It would also be great to get some feedback about it as well. There are also some other things he’s working on in there that you may want to check out, just remember it’s all beta software so be careful! When it’s released it will be pulled off the repo and he will only continue supporting the paid package he releases to ModMyi. Additionally, the beta also won’t be quite as polished as the one he submits.
There will also be a little giveaway when he releases it and the details for that will be included in the comments of the Reddit post for this article.
Thanks for reading and I hope you like Return as much as I do!