Learn How to Optimize Apps for Use with the iPad! (FullScreen Applications)

As we all know yesterday was the release of Spirit and with the release of Spirit brings the ability to jailbreak the iPad. Now that users can jailbreak the iPad they can now access to 3rd party applications from Cydia/Rock. The problem with this is that not all applications have been developed for use with such a large screen resolution. This means that applications that users can access on their iPad will run as if they were running on the iPod Touch/iPhone. Not only are 3rd party applications effected by this, even most of the apps available from the App Store are not yet capable of running on such a large resolution. Sure there is an option to blow the application up by “2x”, but that just makes the application distorted and pixelated. Luckily there is a simple way around this issue with the iPad and in this tutorial you will learn how to make almost any application iPad friendly (Run in Fullscreen).

As you can see by the requirements you are going to need a jailbroken iPad running the 3.2 firmware or higher. You can jailbreak your iPad using the new jailbreaking application Spirit. You will also need an application to view your iPad’s files system, such as iPhone Browser or WinSCP (Windows) or CyberDuck (Mac). The very last thing you are going to need is a program called a Plist Editor. There are two applications available for free such as TextWrangular (Mac) or Plist Editor (Windows).

Note: This method will work for most applications but not for all of them. It really depends on how the application was developed. However if there is an application you would like to use full screen on the iPad do try this method because most of the time it does work.

Making Applications iPad Friendly

Step 1) – The first thing you are going to need to do is download an application to view your iPad’s internal file system. Either WinSCP or iPhonebrowser (Windows) will work, or if you have a Mac computer then use the application Cyberduck. I am not going to go into detail on how to use these programs, there are plenty of tutorials on how to use WinSCP/CyberDuck all over the internet; Google will be your friend here.

Step 2) – Once you have a program to view your iPad’s internal file system you are going to need to launch your program now. Once your program is up and running, navigate to the following directory.

/var/mobile/Applications

Once you are in the directory mentioned above you are going to need to click one of the app folders listed inside the Application folder. **Note because Apple decided to encode the apps names they will be a bunch or random letters and numbers. You are going to need to go through each of the folders and find the application your are looking for by the contents of the folder.



Navigate to the directory mentioned above and click one of the app folders

Navigate to the directory mentioned above and click one of the application folders


Step 3) – When you have found the application you are looking for you are now going to need to locate the info.plist file. Usually this will be inside the aplication_name.app folder. Once you find this file drag it to your desktop and open it with your Plist editor program.



Locate the info.plist file and drag it to your desktop

Locate the info.plist file and drag it to your desktop


When the info.plist file is on your desktop and open in your Plist editor program, add the following lines of code under the <dict> element.

<key>UIDeviceFamily</key>
<array>
<integer>1</integer>
<integer>2</integer>
</array>


When you have added the line of code into the info.plist file, it should look something like the screenshot below.


Add the line of code listed above underneath the <dict> element

Add the line of code listed above underneath the element


Step 4) - Once you have added the line of code to the info.plist file, you are now free to save the file and drag it back into the same directory you took the file out of. Once you have finished replacing the old info.plist file with the new one you are now free to close your file system browser program and reboot your iPad. Once your iPad has finished rebooting you should now be able to enjoy your application on a fullscreen.


This is an example of an application that has had this tweak applied

This is an example of an application that has had this tweak applied


As you can see making applications iPad friendly is a fairly straightforward task. It is a method that works on most applications but not all of them. I would say this method works about 65% of the time. If you require any help with this tutorial please go to the Graveyard and I will help you out accordingly. You can also leave any questions/comments in the comments section below.



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