The iOS platform sports a gorgeous native video player interface, but as you might come to expect from Apple, those good looks aren’t coupled with the oodles of functionality that you might find on other platforms such as swipe gesture-based controls.
In response to this apparent shortcoming, iOS developer AnthoPax has just released a new free jailbreak tweak in Cydia called VideoSwipes, and just as the name implies, this tweak brings swipe gesture-based controls to iOS’ native video player.
At the time of this writing, VideoSwipes only supports two gestures: swipe left and swipe right, and perhaps unsurprisingly, these gestures invoke a 15-second rewind or a 15-second fast-forward respectively.
Upon trying the tweak out for ourselves, we think it’s a nice upgrade from manually scrubbing along the video timeline. Moreover, it brings iOS’ video player up to speed with those on other platforms, such as YouTube.
VideoSwipes doesn’t come with any options to configure, which means all you do is install the tweak and play a video with the native iOS video player to begin using it. The developer says more gestures and options could be added to VideoSwipes in the future if there’s enough demand for it.
If you’re interested in trying VideoSwipes for yourself, then you can download it for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository. The tweak supports all jailbroken iOS 11 and 12 devices out of the box.
Are you excited to see the jailbreak community improving the native iOS video player? Discuss what you like or don’t like about VideoSwipes in the comments section below.