I’ve made that task a little easier by picking the best jailbreak apps and tweaks that will allow you to not only customize your iPad in your own unique way, but also add functionality to your iPad that is currently not available in iOS.
They’ve been listed not in any particular order.
Activator allows you to invoke actions using shortcuts from anywhere in the iOS. You would be surprised by the number of shortcuts you can use such as double tap on the status bar, triple tap the Home button, double press the sleep button to trigger stock actions or launch an app or go to the Settings toggle. It offers almost limitless shortcuts to make it easier to use your iPad.
Activator is a must-have jailbreak tweak for advanced users.
SBSettings offers a faster way to access Settings from any app without going through the hassle of exiting the app and launching the Settings app. Jailbreak app developers can also create custom toggles for SBSettings that can be installed from Cydia, which can then be quickly accessed by users via SBSettings. You can access SBSettings either by swiping on the Status bar or via the Notification Center.
WinterBoard is one of the most popular jailbreak apps that allows you to download custom themes from Cydia, that can be applied to change the look and feel of your iOS device.
WinterBoard allows you change the icons, modify`the look and feel of status bar, dock, lock screen, change the font and lots more. You can also customize all kinds of system sound with Winterboard. Another great feature of WinterBoard is that there is no limit on the themes you can install and you can also mix & match several themes together.
Springtomize 2 ($2.99):
Springtomize allows you to customize every aspect of the iOS but it uses a differ%nt approach compared to Winterboard, which is why the two jailbreak tweaks compliment each other quite well (with some overlap).
With Springtomize you can do things such as increase the number of apps in the dock to 10, give the dock a cool coverflow effect, change the duration of the system-wide animations, remove the page limits, customize the default animations, the lock screen, enable app switcher in landscape mode, hide icons of stock apps, resize icons and lots more.
One of the things badly missing in iOS is a file manager. iFile fills that gap by offering a complete file manager and viewer for the iPad. It even gives access to device files like Finder on the Mac. It also allows you to edit text files and property lists, which can be quite useful occasionally.
IntelliScreenX 6 ($9.99):
Notification Center is easily one of the best features of iOS 5, but IntelliScreenX makes it even better by adding tons of features such as the ability to access it from the Lock screen, allows you to access the full text of the email and Calendar items directly within Notification Center, access Facebook news feed, Twitter timeline, RSS feed from anywhere in the iOS from the Notification Center. It also adds useful badges for missed email, SMS, phone calls, and silent status in the status bar. Messages+ which enhances the Messages app also comes built into IntelliScreenX.
Alternative: You can also check out LockInfo ($7.99), which adds tons of features to your Lock screen.
The jailbreak tweak allows you to run apps in a window that can be resized, moved, closed or expanded to full-screen mode.
This means that you can run more than one app (two seems to be the most optimal) at once on your iPad.
If you want to save the trouble of reinstalling jailbreak apps and tweaks after upgrading to the latest iOS software update, then PkgBackup is a must-have. The jailbreak app takes a backup of all the packages in addition to preferences and SpringBoard files on the device or on Dropbox. You can also schedule the backups.
Alternative: xBackup ($1.5)
We’ve all been there – a notification arrives on your iPad late at night, and the screen brightness nearly blinds you for the first few seconds after unlocking. F.lux aims to solve exactly this problem by adjusting the color of your iPad’s display to better adapt to the time of the day.
You’d be amazed to realize how relaxed your eyes feel after installing this tweak, especially if you`tend to use your iPhone just before sleeping. In addition to this, it also helps you get rid of that eerie glow on your face when using a phone at night.
As the name suggests the jailbreak tweak removes the limitation of 20 apps in a folder so you don’t have to end up creating multiple folders for games and utilities, which defeats the purpose of creating a folder to quickly find an iPad app.
Alternative: Folder Enhancer ($1.99)
With InfiniFolders and Infinidock (another jailbreak tweak by the same developer), you can place all your apps in just one Home screen and scroll through them horizontally.
Action Menu Plus Pack ($2.99):
It enhances the copy/paste menu. It allows you to quickly tweet highlighted text or lookup highlighted text on Google Search, Wikipedia, Dictionary and Google Translate. It also maintains the history of items added to the clipboard.
Icon Passcode (Free):
The jailbreak tweak allows you to passcode protect any app, so that someone cannot open the app while using your iPad.
Folder Passcode (Free):
The jailbreak tweak allows you to passcode protect any iOS folder, so that someone cannot open the apps within that folder while using your iPad.
Zephyr brings cool multitasking gestures to the iPad. It allows you to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to close apps, switch between apps simply by swiping left or right from the edge, smoothly swipe up to see the app switcher and swipe down on the status bar to take a peak at the Notifications and widgets.
It makes passcode protection smarter. CleverPin automatically disables the passcode when you’re connected to your Home Wi-Fi network.
After installing OpenSSH, you can access your iPad’s filesystem remotely and lets you use the full power of your device.
PasswordPilot Pro ($1.99):
It auto-fills your password while downloading apps and updates from the App Store.
This jailbreak tweak adds popular Settings toggles to Notification Center. While it is no SBSettings killer, we really like the sleek look.
BrowserChooser, as the name suggests, allows you to change the default browser to popular third-party iOS browsers such as Google Chrome, Opera Mini, iCab Mobile, Dolphin Browser and Atomic Browser.
Curiosa gives you a notification whenever there is an update available for the jailbreak tweaks and apps installed on your iOS device. It can be found on Ryan’s beta repository (http://rpetri.ch/repo/).
The jailbreak tweak brings the OS X-style banner notifications to the iPad. After installing the jailbreak tweak, the notifications show up in the top-right corner of the iPad’s screen similar to the way notifications show up on the Mac.
Swipe Safari ($1.5):
Swipe Safari adds tons of new gestures to mobile Safari to enhance the user experience while browsing.
SwipeSelection makes editing text on an iOS device a lot more easier by allowing you to drag the cursor over the keyboard with a one-finger gesture, move the cursor faster with two-finger gesture and allow you to select text while dragging by holding down the shift key.
The jailbreak tweak allows you to scroll through text in the banner notification or the notification on the Lock screen, so you don’t have to waste time launching the app to check the notification.
Please note that some of these jailbreak tweaks are not be compatible with iOS 6 or later currently, but we expect developers to add support very soon.
Let me know if I have missed any must-have jailbreak app or tweak for the iPad.
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