With the iPad 2 being freshly Jailbroken on the iOS 5.0.1 firmware (thanks to the Dream Team). I am sure you are wondering what are some of the best Cydia tweaks that you should, at the least, check out. With thousands upon thousands of Cydia tweaks available finding some of the most useful ones can be a challenge; especially if you are new to the Jailbreaking community. That is why here at iJailbreak.com we have decided to list some of the best Cydia tweaks that we think you should install on your freshly Jailbroken iPad 2 running the iOS 5.0.1 firmware. Thus, without further a due we present to you the top 15 Cydia tweaks for your iPad 2.
Top iPad 2 Cydia Tweaks
Tweak #1: SBSettings
This tweak should be a given, in fact, it is the reason why most people Jailbreak their iOS device in the first place. You see, SBSettings gives you quick access to frequently used toggles like WiFi, Brightness, 3G etc. SBSettings can be configured to be activated in numerous ways using the Cydia tweak Activator (also on this list) and will integrate into the iOS 5 Notification Center.
Tweak #2: Activator
A lot of people take the Activator for granted and never really realize just how powerful of a Cydia tweak it is. In fact, due to how powerful Activator really is, numerous other Cydia tweaks rely on it for their activation methods. In case you have never heard of the Activator Cydia tweak before, it is a powerful shortcut tweak that allows you to specify an action to activate a certain system feature (IE: Switching songs, increasing screen brightness etc.).
Tweak #3: The “Infini” Lineup
What do we mean when we say the “Infini” Lineup? Well mean mean the InfiniDock, InfiniFolders and InfiniBoard tweaks of course. While one might not be so keen to install all of these “Infini” tweaks I suggest at least installing InfiniDock and InfiniFolders. Confused on what these tweaks do? Well each “Infini” tweak allows you to have unlimited icons in the area they specify.
Tweak #4: The Fullscreen Duo
Many Applications are not yet compatible for the iPad’s giant display. This is why two tweaks have been created to reduce the likelihood of running into this problem. These tweaks are RetinaPad and Fullforce. While RetinaPad tries to enable Retina Display on Applications that support it for the iPad, Fullforce will try and force applications to go into fullscreen mode.
Tweak #5: Extended Weather & Time App Icons
Two very useful Cydia tweaks that I really enjoy are WeatherIcon and LiveClock. The WeatherIcon Cydia tweak changes your weather app icon to display realtime weather info. So if it’s midnight and rainy, your app icon will be dark, have a cloud with rain on it, and the temperature will be displayed. The LiveClick Cydia tweak on the other hand makes your clock app on your springboard (homescreen) a real time app. Meaning it will display the actual time on the app logo, instead of the default 10:15 time.
Tweak #6: Springtomize 2
The Springtomize 2 Cydia tweak allows you to customize any aspect of your iPad’s springboard. I would personally say Springtomize 2 is one of the must useful, and money saving Cydia tweaks available because it integrates numerous Cydia tweaks into one simple and easy to use Cydia tweak. Meaning, for example, you can customize the Statusbar, folders, dock, app labels and so much more all through one Cydia tweak.
Tweak #7: Gridlock
The Gridlock Cydia tweak tweak was developed by two well-known developers – Chpwn and P0sixninja. It allows you to make your SpringBoard like a computer in the fact that you can arrange your icons however you like. This means app icons do not need to appear next to each other, and can have spaces between them.
Tweak #8: Barrel
Say hello to a new way of flipping through your SpringBoard pages. Introducing Barrel! A tweak that adds a variety of SpringBoard transition effects like the famous rotating 3D cube effect. The Barrel Cydia tweak will really make your iPad 2 stand out from the crowd, and will more importantly make things more lively.
Tweak #9: SpringBoard Invaders or SpringBlock Breaker
With the SpringBoard Invaders and SpringBlock Breakers tweaks you can turn a SpringBoard page on your iDevice into an actual game. The SpringBoard invaders tweak will turn a page on your SpringBoard into one giant game of Space Invaders and the SpringBlock Breaker tweak will turn a page on your SpringBoard into a game of block breakers.
Tweak #10: TwikaFly
Attention Twitter addicts everywhere! TwitkaFly enables you to QuickReply to Twitter.app push notifications, and tweet directly from your SpringBoard using the Activator command of your choice. A very easy to use tweak, with a great user interface and seamless integration with your Twitter application.
Tweak #11: SplitMail for iPad
If you are an avid Mail.app user on your iPad 2, then you are probably more inclined to use the landscape orientation because it offers a much more robust browsing experience. Thus, what the SplitMail for iPad Cydia tweak does is force this robust browsing experience on to the portrait orientation of the Mail.app.
Tweak #12: ProTube HD
The ProTube Cydia app is a complete YouTube application with tons of advantages over Apple’s stock YouTube.app. In ProTube you can browse normally through YouTube, watch videos in High Quality or Standard Quality, manage your account, comment etc. You can also download an unlimited amount of YouTube videos and watch them offline. If you are someone who would like to download the audio from Music videos, for example, just the mp3 audio can be downloaded too.
Tweak #13: NoLockScreen
Have you ever thought that the lock screen on your iPad didn’t need to be there? Well, a tweak has popped up in Cydia that gets rid of your lock screen. The NoLockScreen Cydia tweak bypasses the lock screen when you hit the home or power button, and takes you right to your home screen. You can enable/disable it from the Settings app, and you can uninstall at any time.
Tweak #14: iFile
The iFile Cydia application is a complete file-system viewer that allows you to browse through your iPad 2’s file-system, change permissions, and view/edit a variety of files. It has support for a variety of file types such as .ZIP, .PDF and also popular movie/image formats.
Tweak #15: Fullscreen For iPad
The Fullscreen For iPad Cydia tweak enables a true fullscreen safari browsing experience on your iPad 2. Besides adding fullscreen browsing however, this tweak also makes Safari a real multitouch browser. Adding configurable gestures like two and three finger swipes, three finger tab, shake and much more.
Bonus Tweak: WinterBoard
Where would we be without this classic tweak? WinterBoard allows you to change the look and feel of your iPad 2 without hesitation. With WinterBoard you can change the entire GUI (graphical user interface) of your iPad 2 by installer themes created by artists around the world.
I hope you have enjoyed this look into some of the most note-worthy Cydia tweaks for the iPad 2! We will have a similar list of Cydia tweaks available for the iPhone 4S available in the near future so stay tuned. Until that time please leave your thoughts about these top 15 iPad 2 Cydia tweaks in the comments section below…