Sonus: Jailbreak Tweak Makes the Volume HUD Less Intrusive

One thing that most users don’t like about iOS is the obtrusive volume HUD that is displayed when you press the volume buttons on the side of your iPhone. This is annoying especially when you’re watching a video or playing a game and the volume HUD takes a large portion of the screen.

Check out Sonus, a new jailbreak tweak that aims to make the volume HUD less obtrusive. It works by getting rid of the default volume HUD and replacing it with a slimmer version that is displayed in Status bar.

When you press the volume up or volume down button, the Status bar gradually fades out to display a horizontal volume bar that takes much less space. The thing that I like the most about this tweak is its design which makes it look like a native feature of iOS.

But that’s not it. Sonus offers a number of customization options allowing you to tweak it the way you want. It adds a preferences pane to Settings where you’ll find the following configurations:

  • Change the color of the volume bar
  • Enable or disable overlay or shadow
  • Apply a color gradient to the volume bar
  • Show or hide the background blur
  • Adjust the height and padding of the bar along with its position
  • Choose the animation style and its duration
  • Other miscellaneous options

Sonus also has an experimental feature that adds a slider knob to the volume bar to adjust the volume level. After you press any of the volume buttons, you can simply use the slider knob to increase or decrease the volume rather than pressing the buttons repeatedly.

Sonus is quite similar to an old tweak called StatusbarVolume which doesn’t support iOS 10 yet and doesn’t offer as much customization options as this tweak.

If you’ve been looking for a tweak to make the volume HUD less obtrusive, then Sonus is the way to go. It looks very stylish and matches the overall look and feel of iOS.

Sonus is available for $1.99 in Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Make sure to let us know what you think about it once you give it a try.

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