Jailbreak: Tweak Allows You to Customize Volume HUD

Jailbreak developers are always seeking out news ways to tweak iOS in small chunks to make certain aspects more appealing and convenient. Even when you think all the possibly-modifiable areas of iOS have been covered, a new jailbreak tweak comes around that does something totally unimaginable and interesting. If you’re looking to add further functionality to the iPhone and iPod Touch volume indication HUD (heads-up display), a new jailbreak tweak, dubbed HUD Pro, has all of the flexibility and options you could possibly hope for – in fact, some are a bit too far-fetched.

At the moment, the volume HUD doesn’t serve much purpose other than indicating how high up your device’s volume or ringer is – and that’s what it’s supposed to do. What if I told you, though, that you could add additional capabilities and functions to this otherwise simple display? It turns out that you can, in fact, with a new jailbreak tweak that is available for download via Cydia’s MacCiti repo.

Named HUD Pro (quite an original name, no?), this new jailbreak tweak allows you to personalize your volume HUD, so that you can access other information with the easy click of a volume rocker. You’ll be able to choose from a wide array of available information including time, date, battery level, the name of the song that is playing, the name of the song’s artist and others that are pretty similar.

Within the tweak’s settings, you can also choose whether or not you’d like to enable gesture-based controls. When the HUD is displayed, you’ll have the option to swipe with one finger, two or three in various directions – these will control device functions such as putting your device to sleep, opening a new email or text message, playing/pausing/skipping a song and more.

While the tweak would normally have some sort of convenient merit, I feel in its current state the aforementioned gesture-based controls would be extremely obtrusive. Accidentally swiping while the HUD is present on the screen could possibly cause a recurring, annoying function that disputes with what you’re doing on your iOS device. For example, many games involve multiple swipes; it seems too plausible that you might unexpectedly lock your device while in the midst of an intense game. Then again, you’re definitely not required to enable any gesture-based controls.

At $1.50, it feels like HUD Pro is a bit too steeply priced for the limited appeal it offers as a whole. Regardless, we’ve embedded the following video of the tweak from iDownloadBlog to help you make the decision of whether or not HUD Pro is deserving of your purchase.