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Customize Every Aspect of iOS with Springtomize 2

Some iPhone jailbreak tweaks are classics. These are must-have tweaks that provide powerful features and have been updated by the developers across multiple versions of iOS. Springtomize 2 is one of these tweaks, bringing total customization to iOS 5 and 6.

iOS tweak Cydia Springtomize 2

The Springboard manages the iOS home screen, and Springtomize makes it possible to modify even minor aspects of how your device looks and behaves. Once installed, Settings -> Springtomize contains almost every home screen modification you could imagine.

Turn on the iPhone Flash in Panorama Mode

Ever try to take a panoramic photo with the iPhone in a low-light situation? Not only does the image appear dark, but the panorama itself is prone to blurriness and stitching problems. Although the Camera app in iOS makes it easy to record the panorama, there's no option to turn on the flash.

Flashorama tweak Cydia iOS

Luckily if you have a jailbroken device you can add this feature with the Flashorama tweak. Not only does this mod have a great name, it adds the standard camera flash button to panorama mode. After installation, tapping Options -> Panorama in the Camera app will display the flash on/off button in the upper left hand corner. You can switch the flash on before starting to record your panoramic photo.

Add a Compass to the iPhone Status Bar

DirectionBar is a neat little tweak that makes the iOS status bar more informative. If you ever wanted to know which direction you were headed without having to open the Compass app, then this tweak is for you. Once installed, a live compass appears on the status bar right next to the Wi-Fi or cellular data icon. Moving your iPhone will result in the compass arrow moving accordingly, always pointing north.

DirectionBar tweak Cydia iOS

Under the settings for DirectionBar, there's a selection of different compass arrows to choose from. Nine different icons will point you in the right direction, but if this isn't enough you can download additional icons from Cydia. A custom icon can even be created in .png format and installed into the directory /Library/Application/Support/StatusCompass/ if you're feeling creative.

How to Highlight iPhone General Settings

Some tweaks are incredibly simple. So simple you might question whether or not they’re even useful enough to install. One such jailbreak tweak is highlightGeneral. The basic theory behind the tweak goes like this, some of the most important iPhone settings are found under Settings -> General.

HighlightGeneral tweak Cydia iOS

The more apps and jailbreak tweaks you have installed, the more cluttered the Settings area becomes. One could argue that highlighting the General section in a different color makes it easier to find. That’s just what highlightGeneral makes possible once installed.

Watch iOS Videos the Right Way with LandscapeVideos

Rotation lock is a useful feature, until it gets in the way. For example, reading on the iPhone can be easier with the lock enabled, to prevent everything from spinning around when you lie down. The problem happens when rotation is locked, and you’re trying to watch a widescreen video.

LandscapeVideos tweak Cydia iOS

Your iPhone is forced to display this video in the vertical orientation, making the picture incredibly small with large black letterboxing at the top and bottom of the display. Fixing this involves switching off rotation lock then rotating the iPhone and restarting the video. The LandscapeVideo tweak makes this process easier on jailbroken devices.

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