Auxo 3 review: a legendary tweak inches closer to perfection

After much anticipation, I finally have my hands on Auxo 3—exactly two years to the day of the original Auxo release date. This is a jailbreak tweak a long time in the making. It’s the second sequel to one of the most well-known and impactful jailbreak tweaks in the community’s storied history, and it doesn’t disappoint.

If I could put it into a nutshell, I’d say that Auxo 3 is a much-refined version Auxo 2. Lead designer, Sentry, and developer, Qusic, refrain from deviating drastically from the things that made Auxo 2 such a compelling update, but the pair does bring quite a few new interesting features and refinements to the table. This ultimately proves to be a very good thing.

Auxo 3, the iOS 8 jailbreak tweak we're all waiting for, will be making its way to a device near you next week.

Once you install Auxo 3 on your iPhone, you could easily mistake Auxo 3 for Auxo 2 at first glance. The three main staple features that made Auxo 2 so awesome all made the cut for Auxo 3. Of course I’m referring to the Multi-Center, Quick Switcher, and Hot Corners.

Auxo 3's Multi-Center feature. The combination of the switcher and Control Center brings double the functionality to one pane.

The Multi-Center allows you to slide down on an app preview to bring it into focus, and slide up on the Home screen preview to invoke a close all apps action. It fills a lot of the void left by Zephyr, since Chpwn is no longer working on jailbreak tweaks.

The Quick Switcher is perhaps the flashiest feature and most recognizable part of Auxo 3. Like the previous version, the Quick Switcher allows you to slide up from the bottom left-hand corner of the screen to quickly access and switch to recently running apps.

The last “big” feature, Hot Corners, allows you to quickly return to the Home screen bv using a swipe up from the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. In Auxo’s advanced options, you’ll find a setting to invert the location of the Quick Switcher and the Hot Corners if you wish to do so.

I should mention that I’m testing Auxo 3 on my iPhone 6 Plus. As such, I tested out the Multi-Center, Quick Switcher, and Hot Corners in landscape mode, and they all worked very well. In fact, the UI elements aren’t lazily converted 1:1 for landscape mode. Each UI element is completely redrawn and redesigned to fit in the landscape interface from both a size and styling perspective.

Of course, no tweak is perfect, and Auxo 3 is no exception. If there’s one glaring flaw with this tweak, it’s that there’s still a noticeable delay/lag between your Quick Switcher swipe gesture and the Quick Switcher appearing on screen. Obviously this isn’t a problem when it comes to system resources, as I tested Auxo 3 out on my iPhone 6 Plus. The problem goes back to what Sentry told me during the Auxo 2 release; it’s not the fault of Auxo, but it’s a fundamental issue with the animation lag present in iOS. There really doesn’t seem to be anything that Qusic can do about the perceived lag. It’s just something that you’re going to have to deal with if you want to use the Quick Switcher.

When it launches later today, buyers of Auxo 2 will be able to upgrade to Auxo 3 for only $0.99. Users who are new to Auxo will be able to purchase Auxo 3 for $2.99. As a bonus, full-price purchasers get Auxo legacy and Auxo 2 added to their purchased list free of charge.

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