A lot of seasoned and hardcore jailbreaks are often heard reminiscing about the times in the jailbreak community when a number of innovative and unique tweaks and packages are released through Cydia. It seems that, as of late, most of the good ideas and concepts have already been covered and released, meaning that we as jailbreakers are seeing a large amount of mediocre offerings being made available.
That is something that certainly can’t be said about the Quasar tweak that has just landed on Cydia, and should certainly give the hardcore jailbreakers something to smile about. Quasar is an iPad-only tweak that requires iOS 5 or higher to be installed on the device. When the iPad 2 was released, there were murmurings that a developer was going to release a tweak of this nature, but it never actually came to fruition. Quasar is billed as being the first, and only, window manager for a jailbroken iPad and gives users the ability to open up installed apps inside its own dedicated window, just like how you would on a desktop computer.
Native usage of an iPad, or any mobile iOS device that runs apps for that matter, dictates that only one application can be present on the screen at any given time and must occupy the full screen real-estate. Quasar escapes those boundaries and allows apps to be run side-by-side, and in their own window. Quasar also has some extensive behind-the-scenes stuff going on and is integrated deeply into iOS’s native app switcher that is invoked by double pressing the Hme button. Entering the multitasking tray and killing an app also kills the window that is associated with it, meaning users should be familiar with how to terminate windowed apps with Quasar.
Any installation that can invoke or run apps is also integrated into the Quasar tweak, and one of the great things about it is that iPhone-only applications are rendered to run in the correct resolution to look and feel great within a Quasar window.
The Quasar tweak is available as a $9.99 download from the BigBoss repository and requires a jailbroken iPad running iOS 5 or above.