Ever since Apple introduced Notification Center in iOS 5, Cydia developers have created tons of custom widgets that allow you to access Settings or apps from anywhere in the iOS via the Notification Center.
But I haven’t been a big fan of adding them as they tend to clutter the Notification Center, which is meant for Notifications.
That is the reason I was glad to see this new jailbreak tweak called Tap to Widgets that adds new functionality to the Notification Center without taking up too much space.
Tap on Widgets is a collection of widgets for Calendar, Reminders and Notes for Notification Center. The tweak developed by Alan Yip has been inspired by the Action Widgets concept created by Joshua Tucker.
The tweak adds shortcuts for Calendar, Reminders and Notes to the Notification Center in a single row. Tapping on the shortcuts doesn’t launch the respective apps, instead it launches a sheet, just like the Twitter sheet, customized for the app so you can easily add a note, create a new event or a new reminder from the Notification Center without leaving the app.
It allows you to integrate the Facebook and Twitter widgets in the same row so you can save space in the Notification center (after you have added it in a single row, you can disable the Share Widget). It also allows you to reorder the position using drag and drop.
You can also arrange them one below the other by dragging the widgets under Not In Side-by-Side Row if you’re not too concerned about saving space in NC and are finding the buttons too small to tap.
I’ve created a quick demo video to show you how it works:
The jailbreak tweak is so well done that it feels as if it is the native part of the iOS. It’s like the NCSettings version of the widget for Facebook, Twitter, Reminders, Notes and Calendar and that speaks a lot about the quality of the tweak.
If you use these apps often then Tap to Widgets is definitely a must-have jailbreak tweak. It is available on Cydia for an introductory price of $1.99. If you’re on a jailbroken iOS device then click on the download link below to purchase and install it from Cydia.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.