If you are the type of person who can’t live without a jailbroken device then chances are high that loading up and refreshing Cydia is one of the first things you do each day. The App Store gets so many apps uploaded every day that it can become almost impossible to track what’s new and what’s not. However, with Cydia receiving a minimal amount of uploads in comparison, and the Changes section showing recent additions based on date and time, it is relatively easy to track all of the tweaks, packages and enhancements that get submitted to the repositories.
One of the latest packages to land in the BigBoss repository comes from a developer simply know as rms and goes by the name of CameraConnector. For those who are familiar with the hardware based kits which Apple provides through their online and physical retail stores, then the name of the package might give a small insight into its functionality. However, for those who never plug anything other than the charger into the device then it’ll probably mean nothing. The basic functionality of the package is to allow users to connect USB-based devices to the iPhone or iPad touch in order to make use of them.
It doesn’t take a neuro-scientist to recognize that you can’t just go out and purchase a USB keyboard and plug it into the iPhone. The iPhone comes with a 30-pin dock connection point on the bottom of the metallic bezel, which is where Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit comes into the equation. The connection kit is a product by Apple that plugs into the bottom of an iOS device and allows an SD card or the USB cable from a digital camera to be connected into the dongle, allowing all photographs to be easily imported to the device.
When the CameraConnector tweak is installed and the iPad Camera Connection dongle is connected, users have the ability to take additional USB devices and plug them directly into the phone for use. Obviously this isn’t just limited to plugging a camera into your phone. The package allows the connection of pretty much any USB-based human-interface device such as a keyboard, mice or even game controllers if the need arises. The package comes with no additional home screen icons or configurable options and is definitely a unique Cydia offering.
CameraConnector is available for $0.99 from the BigBoss repository and requires iOS 5.0 or higher as well as ownership of the iPad Camera Connection Kit.