It seems like we’ve been down this road before, doesn’t it? Springboard Enhancer is a tweak that promises springboard customization, and it generally focuses on adding 5 app icons on your springboard, in your folders, in your dock, and in your app switcher.

If you’ve been using tweaks like Five Icon Dock, Five Icon Folder, Five Icon Switcher, etc., Springboard Enhancer can outright replace all of those jailbreak tweaks, and it’s free just like the aforementioned tweaks as well.

Springboard Enhancer is all tweak, there are no app icons, and no settings section to worry about configuring; just install it and go…

That is where I feel there is a big missed opportunity, as there’s no way to customize the tweak’s settings to your liking.

There’s even a bizarre ‘TV Tube’ style sleep button feature that this tweak includes as well, but if you hate it, there’s no way to disable it outside of uninstalling the entire tweak itself. Kind of random on the part of the developer, but maybe it’s just me.

One additional nice feature of Springboard Enhancer is the ability to place your app icons anywhere you see fit. In other words they don’t auto align to the first empty space; you can place them anywhere on the grid as shown in the shot above.

Springboard Enhancer is a decent culmination of the “five icon” series of tweaks, but it would be nice if there were some user adjustable options included in the package.

That being said, it is a free tweak on Cydia for jailbroken iPhones, so if you don’t like it just uninstall it, no harm no foul.

What do you think?

  • I use infindock and love it. Because the utility/novelty of “5 icons” is appealing to many iFans, but the aesthetic result is cramped, and sometime results in incompatibility between tweaks or themes. “Less is More” seems to be the best design philosophy, but if you need “More” than practical compartmentalization is a good design approach. Check out ifiniboard and infindock if you would prefer a SB tweak with a less cramped layout.

  • Max

    theres a problem with mine.. My dock disappears.

  • William

    Geez, it makes springboard look sooooooo ugly!! I’ll never use such tweak ever.

  • thinkagain

    Don’t install this if you use folders! This tweak killed all of my folders and reorganized my icons completely.

  • Kevin

    Blah, you are much better off using Five-Column SpringBoard. It spaces the icons out and uses the whole screen making the appearance much better.

    Here is what my springboard looks like with Five-Column SpringBoard if anyone want to see the difference.

    http://img855.imageshack.us/i/1000000059.png/

    • Brian

      Five-Column Springboard looks good on iPhone but is not compatible with iTunes Apps. All the folders disappear on iTunes — I’m guessing that all the folders disappear if you sync? I didn’t want to try it.

      • Kevin

        Yeah, I am not sure if it plays well with iTunes. I have Folder Enhancer installed which doesn’t play nice add doesn’t show the folders in iTunes.

  • halo77

    @Kevin how did u place folders within a folder? Please share…thanks!

    • W@Nd3r

      use FolderEnhancer.

  • Not diggin the cramped look :/

  • David

    Once you have five (or more) across the screen make sure you get Shrink and shrink them down to about 90%. Makes it look MUCH better …

  • Brian

    @Jeff. Did you know that yours is not working right??? All your screens are not how the developer intended as the icons are all squashed together!!! They are supposed to have spaces between (see http://www.ijailbreak.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ijailbreak_Springboard-Enhancer_image.jpg )

    I actually exchanged tweets with the Springboard Enhancer developer on this. He’s running iOS 4.1 and says it works fine there. I’m running iOS 4.2.1 and he said that version might be incompatible with it.

    Anyone have this working right on iOS 4.2.1?

    • Brian

      @Jeff and others. Developer has updated Springboard Enhancer” to 0.4 which fixes the squashed icons in iOS 4.2.1. Note that he acknowledges that icons will still be squashed together in folders (in iOS 4.2). Not sure if he can resolve that.

      • Kevin

        Thanks for the heads up on the update. I am trying it out and so far it seems to be running pretty good. The icons on my Springboard, Folders, Dock, and Switcher all look much better. Now to play around with the custom icon placement.

        I’ll keep it installed for now since it pretty much replaces three of the apps I was using before.