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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.  60 iOS features Apple stole from jailbreakers ” width=”320″ height=”320″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>