Another day, and yet another Siri-based tweak emerges from the Cydia Store. Today’s, which takes into account the equally-new Notification Center, allows you to launch the voice-activated technology with a simple downward swipe of the status bar.
Since the iOS 5 jailbreaks emerged either side of the new year, many of the tweaks have focused on porting Siri to older devices as well as expanding its inventory of capabilities. While this particular tweak, called SiriLaunch, doesn’t exactly bring any new commands, it does make a little more use of Apple’s notifications hub – a desperately needed implementation to remedy what was a glaring flaw within iOS.
SiriLaunch only works with the real Siri, so if you don’t own an iPhone 4S, you will need to be using Spire – easily the best port available to date providing you can obtain the legit authentication data from a 4S.
Once installed, there are no configurable options, so if you wish to remove it from your Notification Center, you’ll need to uninstall it via Cydia.
It’s available – as you may expect – over at the BigBoss repository – a default in your list of sources providing you haven’t manually deleted it. Once installed, that familiar Siri mic icon will sit snugly in the bottom left corner of your Notification Center – nice and unobtrusive, just how we like it.
Despite being somewhat unsightly (native transparency would be welcome), Notification Center is a rather smooth way to go about keeping up with your incoming correspondence. Thus, although this tweak doesn’t really save time, it tidies things up somewhat, and we certainly Apple expands on Notification Center’s capabilities come iOS 6.
You will obviously need to jailbreak your device to install this tweak. For jailbreaking iPhone 4S and iPad 2, you can simply follow our step by step guide posted here to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 using Absinthe on Windows or Mac. For those of you with iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 1, and iPod touches can use Redsn0w or Sn0wbreeze to untether jailbreak on iOS 5.0.1.
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