Even with the jailbreak scene having thrived for a number of years, and many bases having been covered in terms of what Apple is missing by default, there’s still plenty of scope for innovation.
Every week, I am genuinely surprised by just how creative developers have been with ideas and execution, and a new tweak by the name of Icon Tool shows a great degree of invention. In essence, Icon Tool acts as something of a ‘right click’ for your home screen icons, providing a bunch of useful extras aside from the basic open/move/delete offered by Apple at stock level.
To prompt Icon Tool into action, a long press on an icon is required until the ‘jittering’ behavior ensues.
From there, a quick-fire triple-tap on a certain icon brings about a whole host of additional options such as “open in iFile”, “clear app badge”, “launch app”, “delete app”, and “clear app caches”.
Undoubtedly the marquee feature of Icon Tool, however, is its ability to backup and restore app data at the drop of a hat. It works in a Time Machine-esque manner, and is such a useful tool to have in the armory. You can make a whole bunch of backups, and restore back to any one of them, with dates and times of said backups provided for your convenience.
Not only is Icon Tool a great tweak in itself, but it nullifies a bunch of other tweaks in one fell swoop. Everybody prefers an all-in-one option to keep things nice and tidy, and as well as having already deemed several prior tweaks obsolete, the developer is also planning to offer additional options in subsequent updates.
So, how much does it cost? Well, for such a powerful tweak, we wouldn’t be surprised by a price tag of $2.99 or more, but Icon Tool only costs $1 from the BigBoss repo! With more options in the pipeline for future updates, it’s worth every cent, and even if you only grab it for the backup and restore feature, I highly recommend you don’t let this one slip under the radar!