Circuitous – a jailbreak app that allows you to rapidly switch between (and close) background running apps – now works with the iPad.
In order to use Circuitous your iPad needs to be jailbroken, and you need to have the Backgrounder app installed. Backgrounder enables and disables any app you choose for running in the background with just a simple home button (hold and) press.
Circuitous provides a ‘dock’ that can be called up from anywhere on the iPad. The dock will show all background running apps as well a list of favorites that you specify within its settings.
You can choose from a number of methods to invoke Circuitous – from presses or holds on various hardware buttons to swipe gestures or pinches on screen. My preferred one for now is a press and hold on the status bar. You can select these in Circuitous’ own settings (with the iPad Settings app) or you can use Activator if you have it installed.
Circuitous has a range of settings you can work with – including things like whether or not to show it on the lock screen, cycling apps, become homescreen, and where you want to display its dock (top, bottom,left, right).
I’ve been testing out Circuitous a little this morning and so far, so good. It works well – and it is awesome to be able to do rapid app switching again with it.
As far as I know, Circuitous is the first app switcher app to work on the iPad – and it’s excellent to see it. The ability to run 3rd party apps in the background and rapidly switch between them has been my biggest reason for jailbreaking on the iPhone for quite a while, and the same is true on the iPad. When OS 4 comes out and brings Apple’s version of these capabilities, I’ll see whether there are still enough reasons (WiFi sync for instance) to continue jailbreaking.
I am very keen to see my favorite app switcher – ProSwitcher, or Pulldown as it will be know for the iPad – hit the iPad. Hopefully this will happen quite soon. Circuitous is a very capable rival though.
You can find Circuitous in the Cydia app store now, and it is a free app.