Overall, iOS is more impressive than ever with its stability enhancements, security tools, suite of apps and services, and intuitive user interface. With each passing update, things just get better and better for iPhone users. Apple's genius – many of these features were at least partly inspired by tweaks made by the jailbreak community.
Quick replies to messages from notifications, camera shortcut on the lock screen before Apple included them in its mobile operating system.
When iOS first came out, it was bare with very little options for customization Many Apple's early jailbreak tweaks turned out to be so innovative and Usefulness Apple to take the iPhone's user-friendliness to a whole new level. Every year a new iOS software comes out, Apple's giving users fewer and fewer reasons to jailbreak which, in turn, means more secure iPhones across the board, since jailbreaking opens users up to vulnerabilities.
With all that said, let's Take a trip back to memory lane and look through all the major tweaks that Apple stole from the jailbreak community.
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Jailbreak aficionados had a similar feature before iOS 7's release thanks to the revolutionary SBSettings tweak by BigBoss . The godfather of Control Center tweaks, SBSettings came with options like customizable toggles and widgets that would later make their way to later versions of iOS (more on those below). In iOS 5 and higher, you could incorporate SBSettings' controls into the swipe-down notification center.
If you're a habitual jailbreaker, on the other hand, you'll Already having familiar with tweaks like CChide that enabled you to customize the control center to hide it. In addition to that, there were also tweaks such as CCSettings by and Onizuka by Maximehip
5. Cellular Data Control (iOS 11)
In addition to granting you customization of your Control Center, Apple introduced a Cellular Data Control in iOS 11 to enable or disable mobile data on the fly.
Not surprisingly, the jailbreak community has had the feature
Prior to iOS 7, all the alerts and notifications were received against a textured, solid gray backdrop in the Notification Center panel. Apple finally ditched the boring background on iOS 7 in favor of a banner background. However, Apple did eventually drop the new look in iOS 11, and it now has lock screen wallpaper as your notification center background.
From iOS 7 to iOS 10, Apple took a cue from the popular BlurriedNCBackground tweak by IOS 5
Apple gave the Notification Center a makeover in iOS 10 and gave notifications bubbles around instead of being a page-like list. The same basic appearance has been carried over into iOS 12 as a testament to its visually appealing design. Believe it or not, a jailbreak tweak gave it modded iPhones
Amazingly, the jailbreak community already had a tweak available on their modded iPhones running iOS 9 that performed exactly the same function. MohammadAG's tweak is named "3D Touch to Clear Notifications," to clear up any confusion regarding its purpose. There's also OneTapClear from developer Rave that worked for non-3D touch devices running iOS 8 and 9, but only cleared sections, not the entire Notification Center.
12. Emoji Support (iOS 5)
Emojis have become an invaluable tool in the way we communicate with one another electronically, through texts, social media, or other platforms, to convey emotions and ideas using little characters in place of words .
These cute icons have become so prevalent that it's hard to believe. Apple did not officially provide native support for its iOS 5 touched down alongside the iPhone 4 S . To give Apple credit, however, 4 S came out a year after that.
However, the jailbreak community had a significant leg up on Apple with regards to emoji support. Prior to iOS 5, you had to jailbreak your iPhone and install a tweak like Vmo by Vintendo / ManChild Technologies if you want to use emoji-like icons to communicate with others via text, social media, or other messaging apps.
If you're familiar with the world of jailbreaking, you probably did not feel the same. Apple's version, the Xpandr tweak from Nicholas Haunold, worked 60-plus features on Apple's iOS Stolen from Jailbreakers ” width=”320″ height=”320″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>
Xpandr's menu for shortcuts in iOS 4 (left). Apple's in iOS 5 (right). Image by Nicholas Haunold / Cydia
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15. Predictive Texts (iOS 8)
Another major enhancement to the iOS keyboard in iOS 8 was the introduction of the novel QuickType keyboard, which came with predictive text capabilities. In a nutshell, QuickType has the ability to predict what you're going to type next in real time, producing words, phrases, and even appropriate replies to received snappier, not to mention more intuitive.
As great as QuickType is, calling it groundbreaking would be dubious at best. A tweak that enabled almost the same features has been available in Cydia since iOS 7, beating out Apple by about a year. PredictiveKeyboard by Matthias Sauppe 60 iOS features Apple Stole from Jailbreakers ” width=”480″ height=”480″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>
PredictiveKeyboard tweak (left) vs. QuickType in iOS 8 (right). Images by Matthias Sauppe / Cydia, Neil Gonzalez / Gadget Hacks
The jailbreak community has been released as iOS 4 thanks to the SwipeSelection tweak by Kyle Howells which allows you to move simply by swiping on the keyboard. In some ways, SwipeSelection is better than Apple's trackpad mode, as it did not require 3D touch to enable and extend the feature to all (jailbroken) iPhones. Of course, in iOS 12, you no longer need 3D Touch either, but that took eight
As ios smartphones got bigger with the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, one-handed typing became a lot more challenging, especially if you had smaller hands. To address this, Apple introduced a keyboard setting in iOS 11
With larger iPhones already available since iOS 8, however, it's safe to say that Apple's one-handed keyboard feature came three years too late. Thankfully, the jailbreak community stepped up to the plate and hit a home-run with the OneHandWizard by TheAfricanNerd (a more advanced Reachability tool) and sharedRoutine .
Of course there's no official third-party keyboard support since iOS 8, many users could just download and use a keyboard like Word Flow from the App Store instead tweaking, but it's still fair to say Apple did not come up with the idea without inspiration from other apps and tweaks for iOS.
Apparently, the jailbreak community has long had a tweak that gave you the ability to write or draw messages to friends and loved ones. Most impressive of all, Grafiti by IanP thus worked on popular messaging and social media apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Mail.
While we're thankful to Apple for finally giving us the ability to pepper our messages, it's worth acknowledging its introduction. Messages with the StickerMe tweak by Alexander Laurus back in iOS 8, which uses Facebook Messenger's stickers.
21. Delete Individual Calls (iOS 5)
It's Hard to Believe, but the ability to make a recent call on an individual basis did not come on iPhone until iOS 5 was introduced. Before that, you only have to delete all your recent calls in one go. So if you want the ability to delete one's phone, you only have to send it back to your device. Call it from IArrays to enable deletion of specific numbers.  60 iOS features Apple Stole from Jailbreakers ” width=”320″ height=”320″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>
Call Delete's options (left). Apple's way to clear individual calls (right). Image by IArrays / Cydia
Apple introduced private browsing for Safari on iOS 5 and gave it the ability to browse the web in unprecedented privacy. While on this mode, the story goes on, "What do you mean by a lot of history?" IOS 7 lets you quickly switch to Safari directly.
That said, Apple seems to have modeled its private browsing feature after a jailbreak tweak available since iOS 4 dubbed Covert by chpwn . The features are hauntingly similar to how iOS 7 implemented its version, accessed by tapping on the tabs and selecting "Private Browsing" along the bottom of the screen.
25. Format Text Within Mail (iOS 5)
One of the best features to arrive for the Mail app is the ability to format text for emails, courtesy of iOS 5. This helped you to emphasize certain words or phrases by making them italic or bold , and it even lets you underscore or cross them out. Notes in future updates.
IOS 7 came with two dynamic wallpapers images, which had subtle animated bubble shapes floating in the background. Long before this feature became mainstream, however, jailbreak aficionados already had this eye-pleasing feature on their modded iPhones as far back as iOS 5.1, thanks to tweaks like LivePapers by Porkholt Labs.
28. Parallax Effect (iOS 7)
One of the best wallpaper features on iOS 7 So what's the most subtle, making your wallpaper appear almost three-dimensional. Through the use of the parallax effect, Apple is ready to add depth to images set on the iPhone's home and lock screens and make them come to life.
Though the Quick Actions via 3D Touch feature is not available on iOS 9, it has not been released for iOS 10. Not surprisingly, jailbreakers were quick to take advantage of this design flaw, and QuickCenter by Creatix soon sprang up to give modded iPhones 3D Touch Quick Actions on Control Center toggles for even more options.  60 iOS features Apple Stole from Jailbreakers ” width=”532″ height=”532″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>
QuickCenter on iOS 9 (left) vs. Apple's version in iOS 10 (right). Images by Creatix / Cydia, Amboy Manalo / Gadget Hacks
The iPhone has a great deal of protection against theft and loss of Find My iPhone in iOS 4. For the first time, you have the ability to track your lost or stolen iPhone remotely from your computer, locating it using its GPS sensors. However, MobileMe users in iOS 4 did not become available until iOS 4.2.
Without a doubt, the arrival of Touch ID with the iPhone 5S and iOS 7 brought mobile biometric security into the forefront and paved the way for its widespread adoption. At the outset, however, the feature was fairly limited in scope and only let you unlock your device and purchase items from iTunes.
It wasn't until iOS 8 that Apple finally unleashed Touch ID's potential and added new APIs which allowed third-party developers to add Touch ID functionality to their apps. This paved the way for social media apps, banking apps, and many others to use Touch ID to sign into services without the need to input passwords.
Since its introduction back in iOS 8, the ability to summon Siri on your iPhone simply by saying "Hey Siri" has gone a long way towards hands-free accessibility. Using always-on voice recognition technology, you can access your iPhone and its apps and services like Apple Maps and Messages without having to physically interact with the device.
Siri got a significant enhancement in iOS 11, officially gaining the capability to reliably translate words and phrases in another language. Most impressive of all, Siri got the ability to dictate its translations to give you a better understanding in terms of pronunciation and other nuances common in foreign languages.
Amazingly, the jailbreak community was years ahead of Apple in terms of using Siri to translate foreign languages. The Lingual tweak by CodeThemed gave jailbroken iPhones the same feature as far back as iOS 5 when Siri first made its appearance.
Thankfully, Apple caught on with this basic smartphone essential early enough and incorporated a Camera button on the lock screen for instant access in iOS 5 and higher.
36. Retina Flash for Selfies (iOS 9)
The ability to take selfies got a massive boost with iOS 9 and the arrival of the iPhone 6S. With these, you could take better quality selfies thanks to the built-in Retina Flash feature that turned the display into a flash to aid in low-light photography. This was old news to the jailbreak community, however, as the FrontFlash tweak from PoomSmart gave modded iPhones the same functionality since iOS 5.
Apple's incorporation of a native QR code scanner directly into the Camera app seems to have been inspired by long-established jailbreak tweaks. One tweak, in particular, aptly named NativeQR by Evan Swick, also gave the stock Camera app QR code reading capabilities, much in the same way the Camera app scans QR codes with iOS 11 and higher. Most impressive of all, the tweak came out all the way back in iOS 6.
If you're familiar with the world of jailbreaking, you probably won't see the screenshot feature as all that impressive, as the Screenshot+ tweak by DarkMalloc was already available way back in iOS 8. The tweak gave you the ability to preview and instantly share screenshots straight from the home screen.
Unlike the previous "Classic Invert" option, Smart Invert doesn't reverse specific elements within the system like images, media, and some apps that already feature a dark theme. Unfortunately, Smart Invert is still far from a true dark mode, as it still completely inverts the colors on many apps and distorts their appearance.
As such, Apple's Smart Invert feature is still no match to long available jailbreak tweaks like LaughingQuoll's Noctis (since iOS 9) and Guillermo Moran's Eclipse (since at least iOS 7), both of which gave your jailbroken iPhone a true system-wide dark theme that wouldn't affect the appearance of any third party apps. So if you truly want to get your hands on "dark mode," jailbreaking your device (if it can be jailbroken at all) is your only option until Apple finally introduces a real dark mode.
Thanks to the BattSaver tweak by Xvolks, jailbreakers had an efficient battery management app available long before Low Power Mode touched down. With the tweak, which has been around since at least iOS 5, you had full control over your iPhone's battery and could set custom profiles that automatically kicked in when specific criteria were met, such as disabling cellular data when connected to Wi-Fi or after the battery reached a certain a certain level.
45. Detailed Battery Statistics (iOS 12)
Besides being a highly efficient battery manager, the BattSaver tweak has long given jailbreakers the ability to track battery usage and overall performance thanks to a detailed summary page, which highlights numerous elements such as charge cycles, temperature, current capacity, and more. Apple didn't officially introduce a detailed battery analysis page until iOS 12.
As mentioned earlier, a true, full-on dark theme doesn't officially exist on the iPhone apart from Smart Invert. Oddly enough, however, the Clock app received a dark mode treatment from Apple on iOS 10 and left out the rest of the UI. Again, it's worth mentioning that the same feature was available since at least iOS 7 on jailbroken devices, with the added bonus of a system-wide dark theme, thanks to the Eclipse tweak.
48. Auto-Updated Apps in App Store (iOS 7)
Prior to iOS 7, the only option to update apps was to open the App Store and either update them individually or in one go by hitting "Update All." When iOS 7 came out, it was the first time we could have our apps updated in the background automatically without any work from us.
The overhauled app switcher, however, has proven to be far more intuitive, with a preview of the last page you were on in the app instead of just an app icon. Closing running apps is just a swipe up on the card. Incredibly, this feature seems to have been derived from the Dash jailbreak tweak from SBCoders, which also employed a similar card-based switcher mode back in iOS 6.
50. Lock Screen Widgets (iOS 7)
Third-party widgets have been available for the iPhone since iOS 8, but before that, it was just a few Apple widgets you could view, like stocks and weather. While iOS 7 made Apple's own stock widgets accessible on the lock screen via the "Today" page in the Notification Center, iOS 5 and iOS 6 users could not see the Notification Center widgets on the lock screen.
Apple implemented enhance multitasking in iOS 9 with a subtle feature that provides shortcuts like "Back to Safari" or "Back to Messages" in the top left of the screen to more easily go back to a previous app without the need to go into app switcher mode. The feature, in essence, kicks in anytime you tap on a link within one app such as Safari, then opens up on a separate app like YouTube, where you can jump back to Safari easily with one tap.
If you have a jailbroken iPhone, chances are you already had this feature. The aptly titled SearchSettings tweak by Ryan Petrich allowed jailbroken iOS 7 users to easily search the contents of the Settings app before its official arrival to the iOS platform.
53. Delete Stock Apps (iOS 10)
For the longest time, one of the biggest gripes with iOS was its inability to remove native apps like Mail, Music, and Stocks. Lumping seldom used apps into a folder to declutter the home screen was the only way back in the day. Thankfully, the ability to delete stock apps was finally introduced with iOS 10.
If you had a jailbroken iPhone, however, you were well ahead of a majority of iPhone owners in this regard. Though you weren't able to remove stock apps outright, you had the ability to hide them from your iPhone's Home screen as far back as iOS 5 using tweaks like Springtomize, HideMeX, AppHide, and Poof, to name just a few.
Of course, the jailbreak community has long had this feature available to them courtesy of jailbreak tweaks like SBSettings which gave you a power off toggle within the tweak's Control Center-like page. Of course, Apple did have AssistiveTouch, where you could select "Device" then long-press the "Lock Screen" option to bring up the power slider, but who did that?
55. Screen Recording (iOS 11)
One of the best features to finally arrive with iOS 11 was the ability to record your iPhone's screen via a button found within Control Center. Granted, it's not the sexiest feature, but it did finally do away with the inconvenient method of connecting to a Mac and using its QuickTime app. If your iPhone was jailbroken, you had numerous jailbreak tweaks to record your screen long before iOS 11.
Obviously, iOS 11's revamped volume HUD is far from system-wide, unlike jailbreak tweaks such as Alan Yip's StatusHUD 2 and Sonus by Ubik which the iPhone modding community has long enjoyed on their jailbroken devices. Apps like TransparentVolume8 also kept the center HUD but just made it less annoying.
Before this feature officially made its way to the Apple ecosystem, however, the jailbreak community already had a tweak available by way of Frozen Penguin, which served the same exact purpose in iOS 10. Dubbed Thumbtack, the tweak also gave you the ability rearrange pinned notes to the top of the app based on importance, a small feature that we hope Apple will adopt in time.
Unfortunately, Apple came pretty late in incorporating this feature into iOS, as the jailbreak community already had a pretty well-established tweak that provided the same functionality. Lance Fetters' MultiIconMover is the tweak in question, and it has been available to jailbroken iPhones as far back as iPhone OS 3.
The iFile tweak by Carsten Heinelt is perhaps one of the most famous jailbreak mods out there. Not only did it give you the ability to browse through your iPhone's folders for important files to easily manage and share, it gave you root access to your device, which enabled you to delve into the darkest recesses of your iPhone's systems to access files like user daemons, language packs, and more.
60. Signal Bars Instead of Dots (iOS 11)
There was a major revamp to the iPhone's UI in iOS 7, and one of the most distinctive changes was applied to the signal strength indicator, which Apple turned from bars to dots that consumed more space on the status bar.