Checking up on apps and how they use iOS system resources is handled automatically, but some iPhone owners want to know what’s happening behind the scenes. AppSwiper provides a new way to visualize what apps are running at a glance, and to display the amount of RAM being used. If necessary, apps can be stopped with a simple button press.
For those with jailbroken devices, AppSwiper provides new functionality for $0.99 on the Cydia app store. Once installed, this tweak makes it possible to swipe up directly on a running app icon, which will display the amount of RAM taken up by the app. Tapping Kill immediately stops the app, freeing up system resources for other things. What’s cool is that running apps are highlighted right on the home screen, by adding color behind the app name.
This means no more navigating to the app switcher dock to see what’s running in the background. Apps that are not highlighted on the home screen are not loaded into memory. Of course, Settings include the option to choose what color and opacity suits your home screen background or preference. You can also skip the process of seeing what RAM is currently in use by automatically killing apps with an up swipe on the app icon. Bypassing the dialog box means this gesture on a running app will instantly remove the process from memory.
AppSwiper is available on Cydia from the BigBoss repository for $0.99. Check here for instructions on how to jailbreak iOS 6.x with evasi0n. You can also find out how to purchase and install Cydia tweaks with this guide.