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Overall, iOS is more impressive than ever with its stability enhancements, security tools, a range of applications and services, and an intuitive user interface. With every running update things get better and better for iPhone users. But do not think for a second that this is due to Apple's genius – many of these features were at least partially inspired by tweaks made by jailbreak community.

Quick response to message messages, camera shortcut on screen lock, screen capture support – these are just some of the features that were captured before Apple included them in their mobile operating system.

When iOS first came out, it was naked with very few customization options, but resourceful developers in the underground jailbreak community found ways to improve on Apple's software so more technical users could do all sorts of things in iOS like Apple never even thought of.

Many early jailbreak tweaks proved to be so innovative and useful that Apple officially incorporated them into iOS to bring iPhone's user-friendliness to a whole new level. Every year, a major new iOS software update will give users fewer and fewer reasons for jailbreak, which in turn means more secure iPhones across the board, as jailbreaking opens users for vulnerabilities.

With all that said, let's take a trip back to the memory track and look through all the big tweaks that Apple stole from the jailbreak community. You can check them all from start to finish or you can use the links below to visit all sections.

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1
. Control Center (iOS 7)

Since then introduced to iOS 7, the control center that we all have won us can be reached with a simple swipe from the bottom of the screen (it's now a sweep down from the right if you have one iPhone with face ID). Control Center includes some common system switches such as Wi-Fi, Flight Mode, Do not Disturb, Bluetooth, Portrait Orientation Lock, and Bluetooth.

Jailbreak avicionados had a similar feature long before IOS 7 was released thanks to the revolutionary SBSettings tweak of BigBoss . The godfather of Control Center tweaks, SBSettings came with options like customizable switches and widgets that would later come to later versions of iOS (more about them below). In IOS 5 and above, you can integrate SBSettings controls into the swipe-down Notification Center. Before that, swipe left or right on the status bar to open the switches.

SBSettings in the message center (left) vs. iOS 7 Control Center (right). Pictures of BigBoss / Cydia, Justin Meyers / Gadget Hacks

2. Separate Control Center Pages (iOS 10)

When Apple upgraded its control center in iOS 10, the music information got its own Control Center page – along with an Apple HomeKit page for people who used smart home appliances – to give a smaller rotary dashboard. This brilliant feature was apparently inspired by Auxo from A3Tweaks which contained a similar page-oriented Control Center layout that Apple implemented.

Control Center pre-iOS 10 with Auxo (left) vs. Apple's version in IOS 10 (right). Pictures of A3Tweaks / Cydia, Justin Meyers / Gadget Hacks

3. Floating Control Center (iOS 10)

In addition to having separate pages, the iOS 10 Control Center also removes the traditional border interface for a flattened window that gave it a floating appearance. While this was a big step for Apple in terms of design, it was far from original.

Since iOS 8, Skylerk99's fine Floater tweak had worked well for the jailbreak community, giving Modded iPhones the ability to customize Control Center's appearance and achieve the same floating effect. It would not be a surprise if Apple used tweak for inspiration and copied some of its design elements in iOS 10.

Floater's version by a floating control center (left) to iOS 10's official version (right). Pictures of Skylerk99 / Cydia, Eric Ramsley / Gadget Hacks

4. Customizable Control Center (iOS 11)

One of the most important changes in the Control Center came with iOS 11 with its full redesign and customization options. For the first time, you had the ability to hide or display items from Control Center and reorganize it to your liking without having to hack your iPhone.

If you are a regular jailbreaker, on the other hand, you will already be familiar with tweaks like CChide that made it possible for you to customize the Control Center to hide rarely used switches in favor of frequently accessed controls. In addition to that, there were also tweaks like CCSettings of plipala and Onizuka of Maximehip which added new features to the Control Center for further customization.

CCSettings customizable (left) vs. iOS 11 official version (right). Pictures of Nelson Aguilar / Gadget Hacks, Amboy Manalo / Gadget Hacks

5. Cellular Data Control (iOS 11)

In addition to providing you with customization of your Control Center, Apple introduced a Cellular Data Control in IOS 11 to enable or disable mobile data in flight. This was a great blessing for ease of use, as you no longer needed to trust the airplane mode or dig in the Settings app to turn on or off data whenever you needed.

Not surprisingly, the jailbreak community already had the feature available as far back as iOS 8 thanks to the previously mentioned SBSettings and CCSettings tweaks, which enabled you to add a Cellular Data switch to Control Center.

CCSettings with a Cellular Data Control (left) vs. iOS 11 official version (right). Pictures of Nelson Aguilar / Gadget Hacks, Amboy Manalo / Gadget Hacks

6. Low Power Mode Control (IOS 11)

Apple Low Power Mode is an excellent feature for saving an expensive battery life on an iPhone. Access to it, however, had been less than convenient whenever you needed to manually activate the battery saver before iOS 11, as the switch was buried deep in the setup app. In IOS 11 and later, you can easily enter or leave Low Power Mode by tapping a check.

Again, the jailbreak community hit Apple with the CCLowPower tweak of Cole Cabral . Tweak gave a switch for Low Power Mode in your jailbroken iPhones Control Center, which became available first in iOS 10.

CCLowPowerModes LPM control in iOS 10 (left) vs iOS 11's official version (right). Pictures of App1eFanBoy / Twitter Amboy Manalo / Gadget Hacks

7. Colored Controls (iOS 11)

To add some pizzazz to an otherwise monotic Control Center, Apple introduced colored switches to the dashboard that appeared when a specific feature like W-Fi or Bluetooth is enabled. For jailbroken iPhones running iOS 8 and higher, however, colored Control Center switches have been available using Cream tweak of CP Digital Darkroom .

Creams colored controls (left) to iOS 11's official colors for controls (right). Pictures of CP Digital Darkroom / Cydia, Amboy Manalo / Gadget Hacks

8. Transparent Notification Center (iOS 7)

Before iOS 7, all notifications and notifications received were sent to a textured solid gray background in the Notification Center panel. Apple ultimately drew the boring background on iOS 7 in favor of a transparent background. Apple eventually released the new look in IOS 11, and now has your lock screen as the background of your application center.

From iOS 7 to iOS 10, Apple took a cue from the popular BlurriedNCBackground tweak city Philippe, achieving almost the same translucent appearance at the IOS 7 Notification Center, but works as far back as iOS 5.

BlurriedNCBackground in action in iOS 5 (left) against Apple's version in iOS 10 (right). Picture of Philippe / Cydia

9. Interactive Messages (iOS 8)

Apple introduced interactive messages in iOS 8, which added enormously to the need we multitasked on our iPhones. With that you can interact with banner and warning messages, such as answering a text message or marking an email as read, all without leaving the current app you are in.

Well, Apple seems to have taken a page from the jailbreak community's playbook, as tweaks LockInfo and BiteSMS have given jailbreakers substantially the same functionality on their modded iPhones for many previous iOS versions.

LockInfo 5's interactive notification (left) to the iOS 8 version (right). Pictures of David Ashman / YouTube, Neil Gonzalez / Gadget Hacks

10. Bubble Messages (iOS 10)

Apple gave the notification center a iOS 10 makeover and gave messages bubbles around them instead of being more of a page-like list. The same basic look has been transferred to iOS 12 as proof of its visually appealing design. Believe it or not, a jailbreak tweak gave modded iPhones a similar design to what's on iOS 10 and above.

WatchNotifications from Thomas Finch Combined design elements from iOS and WatchOS to embellish the lock screen and notification centers in jailbroken iPhones running iOS 8 and 9, complete with bubble warnings.

WatchNotifications tweak (left) vs lock screen in iOS 10 (right). Pictures of Thomas Finch / Cydia, Amboy Manalo / Gadget Hacks

11. Clear All Messages (iOS 10)

With iOS 10, Apple introduced a feature that finally lets you clear all messages and alerts at once. This method only applies to 3D Touch-enabled devices from iPhone 6 S forward and causes scanning to reveal your messages, and then press "X" on the right side of the screen to open a "Clear All Notifications "button before you tap.

Surprisingly, the jailbreak community already had a tweak available on its modded iPhones running iOS 9 that performed exactly the same function. MohammadAG's tweak is the appropriate name "3D Touch to Clear Notifications" to clear confusion about its purpose. There was also OneTapClear from developer Rave that worked for non-3D Touch devices running iOS 8 and 9, but only deleted sections, not the entire Notification Center.

3D Touch to Clear Notifications version in IOS 9 (left) to Apple iOS 10 (right). Photos of 3D Touch to remove messages / Cydia, Amboy Manalo / Gadget Hacks

12. Emoji Support (iOS 5)

Emojis has become an invaluable tool in the way we communicate with each other electronically, either through texts, social media or other platforms, to convey feelings and ideas of cute little characters instead of words.

These cute icons have become so common that it's hard to believe that Apple did not officially provide in-built support for its use until iOS 5 went down with the iPhone 4 S . To give Apple credit, emojis, however, was not large all over the world until incorporated into Unicode, and S came one year after that.

However, the jailbreak community had a significant leg on Apple in terms of emoji support. Before iOS 5, you had to jailbreak your iPhone and install a tweak like Vmoji of Vintendo / ManChild Technologies if you wanted to use emoji-like icons to communicate with others via text, social media,

Vmoji 4 tweaks in iOS 4 (left) to Apple's emojis in iOS 5 (right). Pictures of Vintendo / Cydia, Byron Schmidt / Gadget Hacks

13. Keyboard Shortcuts (iOS 5)

Perhaps one of the most underrated features to be implemented in the iOS 5 iOS 5 keyboard when Apple introduced the keyboard "Shortcuts", now called " Textbyte". This feature allows you to create custom keyboard shortcuts, such as typing "ttyl" to automatically generate the phrase "Talk to You later", "ty" for "Thank You" etc.

If you are familiar with the world of jailbreaking, you probably were not impressed when keyboard shortcuts went to iOS, as a well-known tweak has given Modded iPhones the same exact functionality. And just like Apple's version, Xpandr tweak from Nicholas Haunold worked the whole system and gave you shortcuts on all apps, from messages and notes to Safari and more.

Xpand's shortcut menu in iOS 4 (left) to Apple iOS 5 (right). Picture of Nicholas Haunold / Cydia

14. Third Party Keyboard (iOS 8)

Apple made significant improvements to the iPhone Keyboard with the release of IOS 8, including Third Party Keyboard Integration. This meant that for the first time, third-party keyboard applications like TouchPal, SwiftKey and Fleksy could be added via the App Settings app, giving you features like swipe-type and customizable themes.

Interestingly, the jailbreak community seemed to be the pioneers of third party keyboard integration, as evidenced by tweaks like Fleksy Enabler, giving jailbroken iPhones as far back as iOS 6 the ability to integrate the popular keyboard app system wide.

Fleksy before Apple's official integration (left) and after (right). Pictures of Fleksy Enabler / Cydia, Nelson Aguilar / Gadget Hacks

15. Predictive Texts (iOS 8)

Another major enhancement of iOS 8 iOS 8 keyboard was the introduction of the new QuickType keyboard, which resulted in predictive text features. In a nutshell, QuickType has the ability to predict what to write next in real time, produce words, phrases, and even appropriate responses to received texts to write even more snappers, not to mention more intuitively.

As good as QuickType is calling it groundbreaking would be doubtful at best. A tweak that enabled almost the same features had been available in Cydia since iOS 7 and smashed out Apple for about a year. And just like QuickType, PredictiveKeyboard by Matthias Sauppe added a further line to the iOS keyboard to show its predictions and was able to learn new words and phrases with increased use.

PredictiveKeyboard tweak (left) vs. QuickType in iOS 8 (right). Pictures of Matthias Sauppe / Cydia, Neil Gonzalez / Gadget Hacks

16. Cursor Control (iOS 9)

Since the official launch of iOS 9, the undervalued cursor control feature made the iPhone keyboard in a 3D Touch TouchPad for extremely accurate control over the cursor location for easier editing and revision. If you're a fan of jailbreaking, you probably would not be impressed by the feature and wondered what took Apple so long to get it out.

The Jailbreak community has had this feature available as far back as iOS 4 thanks to the SwipeSelection tweak of Kyle Howells that made it possible for you to move the cursor simply by turning on the keyboard. In some ways, SwipeSelection is better than Apple's touch screen mode, as it did not require 3D Touch to enable and extend the feature to all (jailbroken) iPhones. Of course, iOS 12, you no longer need 3D Touch, but it took eight iOS versions to do what this tweak could already do.

17th Keyboard Key Keys (iOS 9)

In the long run, one of the biggest problems with the iPhone keyboard was visually locked to uppercase letters, making it difficult to tell if you are writing in uppercase or lowercase letters until you tap on a key. Most amazing of all, Apple stuck with the same system up to iOS 9, when it finally carried lowercase letters on the keyboard for convenience.

Before Apple fixed the issue, ShowCase tweak from Lance Fetters was a fixture on many jailbroken iPhones, as it gave users this essential functionality that Apple took so long to roll out.

keys with ShowCase (left) vs. Apple in iOS 9 (right). Pictures of ShowCase / Cydia, Faisal Hussain / Gadget Hacks

18. Enabled Keyboard (iOS 11)

As iOS smartphones became bigger with the introduction of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, single-person typing became much more challenging, especially if you had smaller hands. To fix this, Apple introduced a keyboard setting in iOS 11 that made it possible for you to set either the left or right side of the screen to make device typing much more comfortable.

With larger iPhones already available because iOS 8 is safe to say that Apple's key function with one hand was given three years late. Fortunately, the jailbreak community went up to the plate and made a home run with OneHandWizard of TheAfricanNerd (a more advanced Reachability tool) and sharedRoutine . In fact, tweak took it much further than just united keyboard functionality and applied this feature to the entire system for increased accessibility.

OneHandWizard (left) vs. Apple Warehouse Keyboard (right). Photos from OneHandWizard / Cydia, Amboy Manalo / Gadget Hacks

Since there was official third party support since iOS 8, many users could only download and use a keyboard like Word Flow from the App Store instead of using a jailbreak tweak , but it is still fair to say that Apple did not come up with the idea without inspiration from others who develop apps and tweaks for iOS.

19th Pull messages (iOS 10)

With iOS 10, Apple introduced a feature for messages that let you print your message, from handwritten text to simple drawings. This is achieved simply by rotating your iPhone in landscape orientation within a conversation page inside the Messages app and then on the pull-down button at the bottom right. In addition, Digital Touch, which lets you send animated drawings via an iMessage app.

Apparently, the jailbreak community has long had a tweak that gave you the ability to write or draw messages to friends and dear. Most impressed by everything, Grafiti of IanP also worked on popular messages and social media like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Mail.

Grafiti tweak (top) vs Apple handwritten notes in iOS 10 (bottom). Pictures of IanP / Cydia, Eric Ramsley / Gadget Hacks

20. Announcements (iOS 10)

To make announcements even more fun and interactive, Apple officially introduced stick support for its embedded messaging software on IOS 10. With it, you're free to place small stickers and decorate your texts to your heart's mind content.

While we thank Apple for finally giving us the opportunity to pepper our messages with cute stickers, it's worth confirming that the introduction was far from groundbreaking. Jailbreak community was far ahead of Apple in this regard and was the first to announce stickers in Messages with StickerMe tweak of Alexander Laurus back in iOS 8, who used Facebook Messenger stickers.

StickerMe stickers in iOS 8 (left) vs. Apple's third-party option in iOS 10 (right). Pictures of Alexander Laurus / Cydia, Dallas Thomas / Gadget Hacks

21. Delete individual calls (iOS 5)

It's hard to believe, but the ability to remove new calls on an individual basis did not arrive on iPhone until iOS 5 was introduced. Before that was the only option you had was to delete all your recent calls at once. So if you would like to delete conversations one by one, then the only option you would be to jailbreak the device and install a tweak like Call Remove from IArrays to enable the deletion of specific numbers. [19659126] 60 iOS features Apple stole from jailbreakers ” width=”320″ height=”320″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>

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Call Delete Options (left) vs. Apple's way to clear individual calls (right). Picture of IArrays / Cydia

22. Blacklist People (iOS 7)

With iOS 7, Apple finally gave you the ability to block phone calls, messages, or FaceTimes from specific numbers. Before it was the only way to block harassment or simply annoying bidder, through a jailbreak tweak was appropriately called iBlacklist of spectro and hdsq2. Tweaket was far ahead of its time, and just like iOS 7 it had the ability not only to block phone calls but also expand to FaceTime calls, SMS and iMessages.

iBlacklist (left) vs. Blocked Messages menu in IOS 7 (right). Image of iBlacklist / Cydia

23. Use Cellular Data for FaceTime Calls (iOS 5)

When introduced for iPhone 4 and iOS 4, FaceTime was limited to Wi-Fi, which allowed FaceTime calls to make your mobile phone data connection impossible without a jailbreak. Apple raised this issue with iOS 5 and finally released FaceTime calls wherever you are.

As mentioned above, the jailbreak community already had a solution to enable FaceTime calls using your mobile data thanks to the popular My3G and 3G Unrestrictor tweaks. These tweaks essentially spoofed FaceTime (and other apps) to believe you're connected to a Wi-Fi network that masked your cellular data connection and enabled the app to work normally.

24th Private Browsing (iOS 5 & iOS 7)

Apple introduced private browsing for Safari on iOS 5 and allowed us to surf the web in unprecedented privacy. In this mode, Safari is prevented from logging browser history and all associated data, which essentially hides your tracks from curious individuals, such as a nosy wife, for which you are planning a special anniversary surprise. But iOS 5 and 6 required you to enable it through the Settings app, while iOS 7 lets you quickly switch directly to Safari.

That said, Apple seems to have modeled its private browsing feature after a jailbreak tweak available since iOS 4 dubbed Covert by chpwn . The features are hauntingly similar to how iOS 7 implemented its version, access by tapping the tabs tab and selecting "Private Browsing" at the bottom of the screen. If it was not suspicious, a darker theme is also used on both user interfaces when it is private browsing.

Covert's private browsing left) vs Apple's iOS 7 (right). Pictures of chpwn / Cydia, Nelson Aguilar / Gadget Hacks

25. Formatting Text Within Email (iOS 5)

One of the best features for reaching the Mail app was the ability to format text for emails, considering iOS 5. This helped you to emphasize some words or phrases by doing italic or bold, and it also lets you underline or cross them completely to help you get your score over. It was available in few other places overall, but eventually made available to other apps like Notes in future updates.

Of course, the jailbreak community was the first to perform this brilliant function. Rich Text by Ryan Petrich also came as standard with the formatting feature, but unlike Mail in iOS 5, you also allow to highlight words and phrases, except to completely change their fonts.

Rich text in iOS 4 (left) vs. Apple's version in iOS 5 (right). Picture by Ryan Petrich / Cydia

26. Select multiple emails as read (iOS 5 and iOS 7)

In addition to formatting text in the Mail app, iOS 5 also introduced a feature that enabled us to select multiple emails read, which meant that Sorting through countless emails is much more convenient. Apple seems to have got this idea from Mark Read jailbreak tweak from CocoaNuts, which gave you the same feature on iOS 4, and it also contains a "Mark All" option that would not be available until iOS 7. [19659151] 60 iOS features Apple stole from jailbreakers "width =" 333 "height =" 333 "style =" max-width: 532px; height: auto; "/>

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Mark Read tweak in iOS 4 (left) vs. Apple's version in iOS 5 (right). Photos via CocoaNuts / Cydia, iMore

27. Dynamic Wallpaper (iOS 7)

IOS 7 came with two dynamic long before this feature became mainstream, jailbreak avicionados already had this pleasing feature on their modded iPhones as far back as iOS 5.1 thanks to tweaks like LivePapers by Porkholt Labs.

LivePapers tweaks on iOS 6 (left) to Apple's version in IOS 7 (right). Images via iDB / YouTube, Giphy

28. Parallax Effect (iOS 7)

One of the best wallpaper features on iOS 7 was also the most subtle, making your background image almost three-dimensional. By using the parallax effect, Apple could add depth to images on the iPhone's home and lock screens and make them come alive. For the home screen in particular, the effect is accentuated by the icons that appear to float the image.

As the news as the feature, Apple was not the first to use this visual effect on the iPhone, at least not officially. That credit goes to jailbreak tweaks like 3DBoard and DeepEnd, both of which added 3D effects on the home screen as far back as iOS 4.

29. 3D Point of Control Devices (iOS 10)

Although the 3D Touch feature features were available for the home screen icons on iOS 9, it did not match the switches and icons found in the control center until iOS 10. Not surprisingly, jailbreakers quick to take advantage of this design error, and QuickCenter of Creatix soon ran up to give modded iPhones 3D Touch Quick Actions on the Control Center switch for even more options. [19659164] 60 iOS-funktioner Apple stal från jailbreakers ” width=”532″ height=”532″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>

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QuickCenter på iOS 9 (vänster) vs. Apples version i iOS 10 (höger). Bilder av Creatix / Cydia, Amboy Manalo / Gadget Hacks

30. 3D Touch-Enabled Widgets (iOS 10)

Så bra som Apples genomförande av Snabba åtgärder med 3D Touch var det långsamt att integrera widgetstöd på startskärmen, som inte formellt anlände till iOS 10. Som ett resultat , var jailbreak-communityen förutsägbart snabb för att fylla tomrummet, med CP Digital Darkrooms genvägar för att få widgets till 3D Touch Quick Actions tillbaka i IOS 9.

Använda genvägarna tweak i iOS 9 (vänster) vs Apples version i IOS 10 (höger). Bilder av CP Digital Darkroom / Cydia, Amboy Manalo / Gadget Hacks

31. Hitta min iPhone (iOS 4.2)

iPhone har fått ett betydande skyddslag mot stöld och förlust med introduktionen av Find My iPhone i iOS 4. För första gången hade du möjlighet att spåra din förlorade eller stulna iPhone på distans från din dator, lokalisera den med sina GPS-sensorer. Det var dock bara tillgängligt för betalda MobileMe-användare i iOS 4 och blev inte tillgänglig för alla tills iOS 4.2.

Jo, iGotYa-tweak från Antonio Calatrava kom ut efter iOS 4 men före 4.2, så vem som helst med en jailbroken iPhone kan använda den, inte bara MobileMe-medlemmar. Plus, när iPhone stängs av eller någon försöker använda fel lösenord på enheten, skulle iGotYa ta ett foto med hjälp av den främre kameran och sedan skicka användaren ett mail med det för att låta dem veta. Apple would not include any email notification until June 2011, seven months after iOS 4.2, and it didn't have any photo option.

The iGotYa tweak's menu in iOS 4 (left) vs. Apple's version (right). Image by iGotYa/Cydia

32. Third-Party Touch ID Integration (iOS 8)

Without a doubt, the arrival of Touch ID with the iPhone 5S and iOS 7 brought mobile biometric security into the forefront and paved the way for its widespread adoption. At the outset, however, the feature was fairly limited in scope and only let you unlock your device and purchase items from iTunes.

It wasn't until iOS 8 that Apple finally unleashed Touch ID's potential and added new APIs which allowed third-party developers to add Touch ID functionality to their apps. This paved the way for social media apps, banking apps, and many others to use Touch ID to sign into services without the need to input passwords.

Before enhancements to Touch ID arrived, Cydia developers already came up with jailbreak tweaks to take advantage of the feature's potential and released tweaks like iTouchSecure and TouchIDEverywhere that let you autofill passwords anywhere with Touch ID. Besides that, there was also the BioLockdown by Ryan Petrich that gave you the ability to lock apps using Touch ID.

BioLockdown tweak in iOS 7 (left) vs. Apple's third-party support in iOS 8 (right). Image by Ryan Petrich/Cydia

33. Hey Siri (iOS 8)

Since its introduction back in iOS 8, the ability to summon Siri on your iPhone simply by saying "Hey Siri" has gone a long way towards hands-free accessibility. Using always-on voice recognition technology, you can access your iPhone and its apps and services like Apple Maps and Messages without having to physically interact with the device.

Before it officially touched down in the iOS platform, however, jailbreakers already took advantage of this feature as far back as iOS 7 thanks to the OkSiri tweak by Jay Zuerndorfer. While they could use "Hey Siri," they could also use "OK Siri" or another custom option.

34. Siri Translate (iOS 11)

Siri got a significant enhancement in iOS 11, officially gaining the capability to reliably translate words and phrases in another language. Most impressive of all, Siri got the ability to dictate its translations to give you a better understanding in terms of pronunciation and other nuances common in foreign languages.

Amazingly, the jailbreak community was years ahead of Apple in terms of using Siri to translate foreign languages. The Lingual tweak by CodeThemed gave jailbroken iPhones the same feature as far back as iOS 5 when Siri first made its appearance.

Ligual in iOS 5 (left) vs. Apple's Siri in iOS 11 (right). Image by CodeThemed/Cydia

35. Access Camera from Lock Screen (iOS 5)

The jailbreak community had the foresight to realize the importance of being able to instantly access the Camera app and do away with the need to unlock your iPhone first to do so. Snappy by Mark Vaillant did just that, and made the camera accessible from the lock screen simply by tapping and holding on the status bar to instantly open the app.

Thankfully, Apple caught on with this basic smartphone essential early enough and incorporated a Camera button on the lock screen for instant access in iOS 5 and higher.

Enabling Snappy in iOS 4 (left) vs. Apple's camera button in iOS 5 (right). Image by Snappy/Cydia

36. Retina Flash for Selfies (iOS 9)

The ability to take selfies got a massive boost with iOS 9 and the arrival of the iPhone 6S. With these, you could take better quality selfies thanks to the built-in Retina Flash feature that turned the display into a flash to aid in low-light photography. This was old news to the jailbreak community, however, as the FrontFlash tweak from PoomSmart gave modded iPhones the same functionality since iOS 5.

37. Scan QR Codes (iOS 11)

Unlike its Android counterpart, the iPhone surprisingly didn't feature native support for QR Code scanning until iOS 11. In the end, however, it proved to be well worth the wait, as Apple integrated it into the Camera app for super quick access.

Apple's incorporation of a native QR code scanner directly into the Camera app seems to have been inspired by long-established jailbreak tweaks. One tweak, in particular, aptly named NativeQR by Evan Swick, also gave the stock Camera app QR code reading capabilities, much in the same way the Camera app scans QR codes with iOS 11 and higher. Most impressive of all, the tweak came out all the way back in iOS 6.

NativeSQ in the stock Camera app in iOS 6 (left) vs. Apple's in iOS 11 (right). Images by Evan Swick/Cydia, Kevin M./Gadget Hacks

38. Custom Photo Albums (iOS 5)

You'd think it was always possible to create and edit local albums in the Photos app for iPhone to better organize photos and videos, but it took Apple until iOS 5 to introduce this feature. Jailbreakers were quick to exploit this glaring omission, thanks to PhotoAlbums+ by SpiritOfLogic, which gave modded iPhones this functionality as far back as iOS 4.

PhotosAlbums+ in iOS 4 (left) vs. Apple's in iOS 5 (right. Uncanny, right? Image by SpiritOfLogic/Cydia

39. Screenshot Thumbnails (iOS 11)

With iOS 11, Apple released a nifty feature that enabled you to access your screenshots straight from the home screen for instant access for further editing or sharing. Thumbnails appear on the lower left corner of the screen after taking a screenshot, which you can tap on to open for more options or swipe left to get it out the way.

If you're familiar with the world of jailbreaking, you probably won't see the screenshot feature as all that impressive, as the Screenshot+ tweak by DarkMalloc was already available way back in iOS 8. The tweak gave you the ability to preview and instantly share screenshots straight from the home screen.

Screenshot+'s interface in iOS 8 (left) vs. the thu mbnail in iOS 11 (right). Images by DarkMalloc/Cydia, Justin Meyers/Gadget Hacks

40. View GIFs Within Photos App (iOS 11)

The iPhone's Photos app had limited capabilities when it came to GIFs, and in iOS 10 and lower, only saved them as static images whenever you viewed them. Thankfully, Apple incorporated native GIF support on iOS 11. Of course, this feature was nothing new to the jailbreak community, thanks to GIFViewer by Jerry En which gave modded iPhones live GIF viewing within the Photos app since iOS 7.

GIFViewer in iOS 7 (left) vs. Apple's GIF support in iOS 11 (right). Images by TheCydia Tweaks/YouTube, Justin Meyers/Gadget Hacks

41. Night Shift (iOS 9)

Night Shift is a great feature which gives your tired eyes a break by subduing your iPhone's screen to a less intense yellow tint for nighttime viewing, and the feature was formally adopted into the iOS platform from iOS 9 onward. Apple was seemingly inspired by f.lux, a tweak that was famous within the jailbreak community for giving you the same functionality.

F.lux's settings (left) vs. Apple's Night Shift button in iOS 9 (right). Image by F.lux/Cydia

42. Raise to Wake (iOS 10)

Compared to the jailbreak community, Apple was incredibly late in adopting the ingenious feature that allows you to wake your iPhone simply by picking the device up without the need to press any buttons. "Raise to Wake" was formally introduced to the iOS ecosystem with iOS 10, though jailbreakers had the feature available since at least iOS 7 courtesy of the FaceOff 7 tweak by Elijah Frederickson.

43. Smart Invert (iOS 11)

Without a doubt, a system-wide dark theme for the iPhone is at the top of many users' wish lists, and Apple finally introduced a variation of it in iOS 11, dubbed Smart Invert. This feature gives you the ability to apply a system-wide dark theme on your iPhone for a less bright appearance.

Unlike the previous "Classic Invert" option, Smart Invert doesn't reverse specific elements within the system like images, media, and some apps that already feature a dark theme. Unfortunately, Smart Invert is still far from a true dark mode, as it still completely inverts the colors on many apps and distorts their appearance.

As such, Apple's Smart Invert feature is still no match to long available jailbreak tweaks like LaughingQuoll's Noctis (since iOS 9) and Guillermo Moran's Eclipse (since at least iOS 7), both of which gave your jailbroken iPhone a true system-wide dark theme that wouldn't affect the appearance of any third party apps. So if you truly want to get your hands on "dark mode," jailbreaking your device (if it can be jailbroken at all) is your only option until Apple finally introduces a real dark mode.

Eclipse's dark mode in iOS 10 (left) vs. Apple's in iOS 11 (right). Images by Guillermo Moran/Cydia, Justin Meyers/Gadget Hacks

44. Low Power Mode (iOS 9)

Apple introduced "Low Power Mode" in iOS 9 to give us more control over power consumption, which disables features like background app refresh and other running services, animated wallpapers, and more. Not only that but enabling Low Power Mode will throttle performance and minimize brightness, so we get the most out of our batteries in a pinch.

Thanks to the BattSaver tweak by Xvolks, jailbreakers had an efficient battery management app available long before Low Power Mode touched down. With the tweak, which has been around since at least iOS 5, you had full control over your iPhone's battery and could set custom profiles that automatically kicked in when specific criteria were met, such as disabling cellular data when connected to Wi-Fi or after the battery reached a certain a certain level.

Options for BattSaver in iOS 5 (left) vs. Apple's mode in iOS 9 (right). Images by Xvolks/Cydia, Nelson Aguilar/Gadget Hacks

45. Detailed Battery Statistics (iOS 12)

Besides being a highly efficient battery manager, the BattSaver tweak has long given jailbreakers the ability to track battery usage and overall performance thanks to a detailed summary page, which highlights numerous elements such as charge cycles, temperature, current capacity, and more. Apple didn't officially introduce a detailed battery analysis page until iOS 12.

BattSaver's graph in iOS 5 (left) vs. Apple's in iOS 12 (right). Images by Xvolks/Cydia, Amboy Manalo/Gadget Hacks

46. Accurate Clock Icon (iOS 7)

It's hard to imagine, but there was a time when the clock icon on your iPhone's home screen was set in stone, only being correct twice every 24 hours. To remedy this, Ryan Petrich came up with the Live Clock tweak to give jailbreakers an accurate reading simply by looking at the Clock icon — starting in iPhone OS 2 (yes, before it was called iOS). Apple must've been inspired by this shining example of attention to detail, as they implemented the feature on iOS 7.

47. Dark Mode for Clock App (iOS 10)

As mentioned earlier, a true, full-on dark theme doesn't officially exist on the iPhone apart from Smart Invert. Oddly enough, however, the Clock app received a dark mode treatment from Apple on iOS 10 and left out the rest of the UI. Again, it's worth mentioning that the same feature was available since at least iOS 7 on jailbroken devices, with the added bonus of a system-wide dark theme, thanks to the Eclipse tweak.

Eclipse tweak in iOS 7 (left) vs. Apple's dark Clock in iOS 10 (right). Images by Amboy Manalo/Gadget Hacks, Eric Ramsley/Gadget Hacks

48. Auto-Updated Apps in App Store (iOS 7)

Prior to iOS 7, the only option to update apps was to open the App Store and either update them individually or in one go by hitting "Update All." When iOS 7 came out, it was the first time we could have our apps updated in the background automatically without any work from us.

The jailbreak community, however, had automatic app updating functionality available on their modded iPhones before iOS 7's official release. Granted, the Auto App Updater tweak from Noppers Software came out only months ahead of iOS 7, but it still beat Apple to the punch nonetheless and worked on iOS 5 and iOS 6.

Auto App Updater's settings in iOS 6 (left) vs. Apple's in iOS 7 (right). Images by Noppers Software/Cydia, Amboy Manalo/Gadget Hacks

49. Card-Based App Switcher (iOS 7)

The card-based app switcher feature that we know and love took on its familiar form back when Apple released iOS 7. Before that, you would still double-click the Home button, but a small bar would appear with the app icons inside it. To close apps in iOS 6 and earlier, you'd have to long-press an app icon in the bar, then tap the minus button on the wiggling app.

The overhauled app switcher, however, has proven to be far more intuitive, with a preview of the last page you were on in the app instead of just an app icon. Closing running apps is just a swipe up on the card. Incredibly, this feature seems to have been derived from the Dash jailbreak tweak from SBCoders, which also employed a similar card-based switcher mode back in iOS 6.

Dash tweak in iOS 6 (left) vs. Apple's app switcher in iOS 7 (right). Images by SBCoders/Cydia, Nelson Aguilar/Gadget Hacks

50. Lock Screen Widgets (iOS 7)

Third-party widgets have been available for the iPhone since iOS 8, but before that, it was just a few Apple widgets you could view, like stocks and weather. While iOS 7 made Apple's own stock widgets accessible on the lock screen via the "Today" page in the Notification Center, iOS 5 and iOS 6 users could not see the Notification Center widgets on the lock screen.

For iOS 5 and iOS 6 users who were jailbroken, there were tweaks like LockHTML by Bushe could add widgets the lock screen. There were also tweaks like Bulletin by Ma Jun that just made the Notification Center and its tiny amount of widgets accessible on the lock screen.

Bulletin's widgets in iOS 5 (left) vs. Apple's on the lock screen in iOS 7 (right). Image by Ma Jun/Cydia

51. Go Back to Previous App (iOS 9)

Apple implemented enhance multitasking in iOS 9 with a subtle feature that provides shortcuts like "Back to Safari" or "Back to Messages" in the top left of the screen to more easily go back to a previous app without the need to go into app switcher mode. The feature, in essence, kicks in anytime you tap on a link within one app such as Safari, then opens up on a separate app like YouTube, where you can jump back to Safari easily with one tap.

Impressively, the jailbreak community was well ahead of the curve in this regard, thanks to Lance Fetters' LastApp tweak which provided the same deep linking functionality to jailbroken iPhones, and supported devices that stretch back to iOS 3.

LastApp in action in iOS 6 (left) vs. Apple's tap option in iOS 9 (right). Images by iPhoneHacksTV/YouTube, Neil Gonzalez/Gadget Hacks

52. Search Function Within Settings App (iOS 9)

The Settings app on the iPhone can be a confusing maze of options, especially as you delve deeper into the app to look for hidden settings like Smart Invert and Magnifier. Thankfully, Apple addressed this issue with iOS 9 and made the Settings app more accessible with the inclusion of a search function within the app itself. Now, you can easily find a specific setting simply by inputting it in the search bar.

If you have a jailbroken iPhone, chances are you already had this feature. The aptly titled SearchSettings tweak by Ryan Petrich allowed jailbroken iOS 7 users to easily search the contents of the Settings app before its official arrival to the iOS platform.

SearchSettings in iOS 7 (left) vs. Apple's in iOS 9 (right). Images by Amboy Manalo/Gadget Hacks, Faisal Hussain/Gadget Hacks

53. Delete Stock Apps (iOS 10)

For the longest time, one of the biggest gripes with iOS was its inability to remove native apps like Mail, Music, and Stocks. Lumping seldom used apps into a folder to declutter the home screen was the only way back in the day. Thankfully, the ability to delete stock apps was finally introduced with iOS 10.

If you had a jailbroken iPhone, however, you were well ahead of a majority of iPhone owners in this regard. Though you weren't able to remove stock apps outright, you had the ability to hide them from your iPhone's Home screen as far back as iOS 5 using tweaks like Springtomize, HideMeX, AppHide, and Poof, to name just a few.

Poof's menu in iOS 5 (left) vs. Apple's implementation in iOS 10 (right). Images by Justin Meyers/Gadget Hacks, Dallas Thomas/Gadget Hacks

54. 'Shut Down' Setting (iOS 11)

Powering down your device by pressing on the Sleep/Wake button followed by a swipe gesture on the "slide to power off" toggle has remained the same from the very first iPhone all the way up to the iPhone 8. The arrival of the iPhone X and the slew of Side button gestures that came with it complicated this matter, however, so Apple introduced an option to turn off your device baked into iOS 11's settings.

Of course, the jailbreak community has long had this feature available to them courtesy of jailbreak tweaks like SBSettings which gave you a power off toggle within the tweak's Control Center-like page. Of course, Apple did have AssistiveTouch, where you could select "Device" then long-press the "Lock Screen" option to bring up the power slider, but who did that?

The power button in SBSettings in iOS 6 (left) vs. Apple's in iOS 11 (right). Images by SBSettings/Cydia, Justin Meyers/Gadget Hacks

55. Screen Recording (iOS 11)

One of the best features to finally arrive with iOS 11 was the ability to record your iPhone's screen via a button found within Control Center. Granted, it's not the sexiest feature, but it did finally do away with the inconvenient method of connecting to a Mac and using its QuickTime app. If your iPhone was jailbroken, you had numerous jailbreak tweaks to record your screen long before iOS 11.

Ryan Petrich's Display Recorder was perhaps the most famous jailbreak tweak released back in iOS 5. Besides that, there's also the more recent CCRecord by Cole Cabral that adds a toggle to Control Center for recording your screen on the go.

DisplayRecorder in iOS 5 (left) vs. Apple's version in iOS 11 (right). Images by Ryan Petrich/Cydia, Justin Meyers/Gadget Hacks

56. Revamped Volume HUD (iOS 11)

The iPhone's volume HUD has always been far from ideal, due to the obstructive volume window that appears in the middle of the display whenever you set your device's volume. And while the volume HUD on iOS 11 appears unchanged in the Photos app, in TV and Safari, it no longer is right in the middle of the screen.

Obviously, iOS 11's revamped volume HUD is far from system-wide, unlike jailbreak tweaks such as Alan Yip's StatusHUD 2 and Sonus by Ubik which the iPhone modding community has long enjoyed on their jailbroken devices. Apps like TransparentVolume8 also kept the center HUD but just made it less annoying.

StatusHUD in iOS 8 (left) vs. Apple's volume bar in iOS 11's Safari app (right). Images by Amboy Manalo/Gadget Hacks, Justin Meyers/Gadget Hacks

57. Pin Important Notes (iOS 11)

With iOS 11, the iPhone's venerable Notes app got a makeover, and among the slew of new features that were implemented was the ability to pin important notes for quicker access.

Before this feature officially made its way to the Apple ecosystem, however, the jailbreak community already had a tweak available by way of Frozen Penguin, which served the same exact purpose in iOS 10. Dubbed Thumbtack, the tweak also gave you the ability rearrange pinned notes to the top of the app based on importance, a small feature that we hope Apple will adopt in time.

Thumbtack's pinned notes in iOS 10 (left) vs. Apple's in iOS 11 (right). Images by Frozen Penguin/Cydia, Jake Peterson/Gadget Hacks

58. Move Multiple Apps at Once (iOS 11)

Apple is well known for including subtle but incredibly useful changes whenever a new iOS version touches down, and iOS 11 was no exception. One of the under-advertised features to officially make its way to the iPhone was the ability to move home screen icons in bulk though multi-finger gestures for faster app icon management.

Unfortunately, Apple came pretty late in incorporating this feature into iOS, as the jailbreak community already had a pretty well-established tweak that provided the same functionality. Lance Fetters' MultiIconMover is the tweak in question, and it has been available to jailbroken iPhones as far back as iPhone OS 3.

MultiIconMover in iOS 7 (left) vs. Apple's version in iOS 11 (right). Images by MyiDeviceYT/YouTube, Dallas Thomas/Gadget Hacks

59. Files App (iOS 11)

With iOS 11, Apple finally gave the iPhone its very own Files app. You can store, sort, and share important files more efficiently compared to having to rely on different apps and services to the same tasks. As great as this feature is, however, it pales in comparison to its jailbreak counterpart, especially since it's mostly a cloud file manager.

The iFile tweak by Carsten Heinelt is perhaps one of the most famous jailbreak mods out there. Not only did it give you the ability to browse through your iPhone's folders for important files to easily manage and share, it gave you root access to your device, which enabled you to delve into the darkest recesses of your iPhone's systems to access files like user daemons, language packs, and more.

The iFile tweak in iOS 4 (left) vs. Apple's Files app in iOS 11 (right). Images by Carsten Heinelt/Cydia, Justin Meyers/Gadget Hacks

60. Signal Bars Instead of Dots (iOS 11)

There was a major revamp to the iPhone's UI in iOS 7, and one of the most distinctive changes was applied to the signal strength indicator, which Apple turned from bars to dots that consumed more space on the status bar.

Naturally, the jailbreak community was quick to pounce on this and came up with tweaks like Bars by Pheonix3200 to revert back to the bars they've grown used to. Apple must've gotten the memo when all was said and done, as it officially switched back to the traditional signal bars with iOS 11.

The Bars tweak in iOS 5 (top) vs. Apple's cellular bars in iOS 11 (bottom). Images by Bars/Cydia, Amboy Manalo/Gadget Hacks

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