One of the most significant changes Apple implemented in the new software updates iOS and iPadOS 14 a few weeks ago, involves widget functionality. Once limited to the Today page, widgets can now be integrated directly into the home experience on the home screen; Furthermore, the same widgets have become more advanced and interactive than they were in previous versions of iOS and iPadOS, but they are still far from perfect.
If you are lucky enough to have a jailbroken iOS or iPadOS 14 device at your disposal (currently only possible with checkra1n jailbreak and an A9 or A9X handset at the time of writing), you can now take advantage of a recent released and free jailbreak tweak called Centauri by iOS developer MTAC to unlock new features specifically designed for iOS and iPadOS 14’s native Battery widget.
Once installed, Centauri adds a dedicated preferences pane to the Settings app where users can customize various parameters that apply specifically to iOS and iPadOS 14’s native battery application:
Here you can:
- Turn Centauri on or off on request
- Enable the ability to tap anywhere in the widget to activate Low Power Mode
- Enable haptic feedback in the Batteries module
- Hide devices from the battery application with a battery level of 0% (empty rings)
- Apply your changes
Centauri is a great addition, but it’s worth noting that it’s not the first jailbreak tweak designed to enhance the new Batteries widget in iOS and iPadOS 14. Just last week, we showed you a tweak called BatteryWidgetLabels, which display numeric battery percentages below each item in the Battery widget to compliment each item’s rings. Centauri does not currently support this feature.
Either way, Centauri is a fantastic upgrade for iOS and iPadOS 14’s new Batteries widget, and those interested in trying it out can download it for free from MTAC’s repository via their favorite package manager. Centauri only works on jailbroken installations of iOS and iPadOS 14, as it is not compatible with the older battery application on iOS and iPadOS 13 or older. In addition, Centauri is open source on the developer’s GitHub page for those interested in learning more about it.
Are you planning or giving Centauri a try, or are you still waiting for an iOS or iPadOS 14 jailbreak for your particular device? Let us know in the comments section below.