Back in June, just before Apple unveiled iOS 6 at WWDC 2012 Keynote, designer Joost van der Ree created an impressive concept video to show how Apple could enhance the app switcher, Notification Center and notification badges in iOS 6.
Unfortunately, none of the enhancements made it to iOS 6’s feature list. But iOS jailbreak developer John Coates teamed up with Joost to release a jailbreak tweak called MissionBoard on Cydia that brought the popular app switcher concept to life.
The jailbreak tweak worked exactly as Joost had conceptualised and was quite impressive, but one couldn’t replace the iOS app switcher with it as some basic features such as the ability to kill an app, quick access to music controls, orientation toggle, volume control and AirPlay control were missing.
The good news is that Coates has released a paid version of the tweak called MissionBoard Pro, which includes the missing features and lots more.
You can now access music controls, volume control with the album artwork in the background, orientation toggle, brightness slider and AirPlay control (AirPlay control didn’t work properly) by simply swiping to the left after invoking MissionBoard Pro using an Activator action.
The jailbreak tweak also gives you quick access to toggles to enable or disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Flashlight and the ability to kill all apps in the app switcher.
If you want the ability to kill individual apps, you can enable the “Always Show Close” toggle in the Settings app (Settings -> MissionBoard Pro).
You can also display the notification badges in the app switcher by enabling the “Badges” toggle in the Settings app, which is quite useful.
It also comes with the paging feature, which allows you to scroll through the apps in the app switcher 4 apps at a time, which can be enabled using the “Paging” toggle in the Settings app.
You can also see the video of the jailbreak tweak in action below:
As you can see, MissionBoard Pro is very impressive and makes it a worthy replacement for iOS app switcher. It is available on Cydia for $2.99. Please note it is not compatible with the iPad.
As always, let us know what you think of MissionBoard Pro in the comments below.