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SphereView is one of the more unique jailbreak tweaks that I’ve come across as of late. It is a SpringBoard replacement for launching apps, and it incorporates a 3D spherical view to do so.

It’s one of those tweaks that has to be seen in action to truly appreciate what it does and how much potential it may have. With that in mind, step inside and watch our hands-on video.

Once installed, you can use the tweak as is, or venture into its preferences to modify its settings. You can do things like hide or show the dock, hide or show app icon labels, etc.

SphereView Settings

SphereView is currently in beta, so it’s not available yet for public consumption. That said, I’ve tried a couple of builds on the tweak, and the improvement has been noticeable with each build.

My wish is that its developer, Tykology, will make it so that the tweak runs at a higher rate of speed, and the animations are more fluid. With that said, the concept itself is fairly impressive. It reminds me of a more ambitious Apple Watch UI concept.

There’s currently no ETA for SphereView’s release, but rest assured that I will be in contact with the developer to showcase new builds until the release is ready for the public. In the meantime, please share your thoughts on SphereView down below in the comments section. Do you see potential in this Home screen launcher?

  • Fanboy 

    Someone needs to come up with a new springboard that offers better functionality and doesn’t just look cool :/ scrolling through the current springboard for apps can be hard, organizing 2 or 3 apps into a folder looks ugly. Apex 2 from Cydia is one of the only tweaks I truly enjoy because it makes organizing apps so much easier. If only Apple implemented something like that into stock iOS.

    • Jonathan

      Barrel. 😛

      • Fanboy 

        VERY awesome tweak! Will never get too old, but adds no functionality and doesnt help me organize my apps better :/

      • Guest

        if you say awesome than don’t complain 🙂

      • XZavier

        Something can be awesome and horrible at the same time…

      • kacy

        it should be “Something can’t be awesome and horrible at the same time..”
        or else it’ll be like eating and shittin* at the same time
        xoxoxoxoxo…. no hard feelings…..

      • XZavier

        No things CAN be awesome and horrible at the same time… Such as a tweak for instance this one, it looks awesome, BUT it might be a HORRIBLE battery killer, so therefore it is both awesome and horrible at the same time… And your example is possible, but disgusting… And you don’t need to be rude about this.

      • Dean Johnson

        That’s what he said, not something that just looks cool but adds functionality as well. And Barrel adds only some cool animations

    • bze

      Who actually searches their homescreen for apps? Within 3-4 finger movements I use spotlight to find whatever I want. It’s predictive and usually knows within one key press. I put everything in respective folders and almost never open them.

    • Shisno

      I think you should try out iconoclasm which has many layouts you can get to spice up your springboard. I have a ring style which works great for me and looks cool.

      • Mozaik

        After using upscale and setting my iphone 5s to iphone 6 resolution makes everything better and going back to iphone 5s resolution looks hideous now and that large icon homescreen even makes ridiculous.

    • Endriu Andrei

      folders look ugly yes…that is why you install customfoldericons…and they become beautiful 🙂

      • Fanboy 

        Does it work on iOS 8? Sounds cool

      • Endriu Andrei

        Yes

  • Barry

    Very unpractical if you ask me.

  • No

  • Merman123

    This can’t be real lol c’mon guys…. Let’s be practical.

    • It’s one of those “I can do this so I’m going to do it” tweaks. Cydia is full of them. It doesn’t mean for one moment that they’re practical but it’s fun to try out now and again…

      • Merman123

        Springboard replacements should always aim for practicality, IMO.

    • Myron Slaw

      if I didn’t move on it’s own and they keep the icons tight it could work….if you are right brained. They would have to tweak the speed as well.

  • Jonathan

    It’s a fun design, but the functionality isn’t quite there. To move the sphere seems a little too stiff.

  • port87

    i think this concept is better as a lockscreen replacement. agree?

    • dazzw

      i agree, though would be better if it wasn’t spinning all the time

    • Agreed. Something along the lines of swipe right on the default lockscreen to show the 3D sphere full of all of the apps and then tap an app to launch it with or without a passcode depending on user preference…

  • Comments are about on par with what I expected, hehe. Yeah, it’s not very practical at this point, but let’s see what he does with the next few builds.

    • Cody

      Jeff, why do you always use your 5s instead of your 6 Plus when showing tweaks and all that? Is it because most users use the 5S or because you want to be more careful on what you install on your 6 Plus?

      • NeftyCorrea

        Testing it one the 5s just I case anything goes wrong I do the same thing don’t want to mess my 6 so I test them on the 5s first

      • “or because you want to be more careful on what you install on your 6 Plus” <- YES

    • Geekhound

      IMO, this could be used as an app drawer. We could have a springboard that only has the icons we most use and setup them up as we like with HSD and iwidgets. Then there could be an app drawer icon on the springboard that takes us to sphereview as the app drawer. Similar to android

  • rockdude094

    If the sphere stops moving and scrolling becomes smother then I’d definitely use it

  • A man

    Hmm… Looks cool but I’m not sure if I’ll keep this tweak on the iPhone I use everyday..

  • kacy

    nice try but useless

  • abbyruleover

    RIP Battery.

    • Southgaia88

      Yep that tweak is a battery killer for sure

  • Liam Mulcahy

    Cool

  • FrankJL

    NO! The hwole grid thing is just not friendly. To have a bunch of icons spread out with no type of organizational method is a step backwards in terms of UI elements and functionality.

    Just because apple did it for a watch does not make it the NEXT thing.

    Apples implemenattion feels beta and uncreative. Anything growing from tha tidea is the same.

  • Petr

    I would just love to have iOS6 look on my iPhone 6

  • David Gitman

    meh

  • Great Scott

    For those of you thinking “Hmm, I wish my apps were moving targets that I could test finger shooting accuracy with,” this is the tweak for you.

  • Ryan Bartsch

    Beta link? looks really cool!

  • jack

    that’s no sphere.. it’s a Death Star when viewed from behind

  • Sean

    I actually love this springboard. I will say that it does compare to the Aeternum springboard. I don’t know which one I will settle for. They both look cool. I would love to see an option that increases the Icon size. Exciting! can wait!

  • Varun Soi

    This looks so cool.definitely checking this out after release!

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    Again, there’s Facebook.. Now where’s safari?

  • Khalid Tahhan

    Jeff you gotta review eclipse 2

  • Terrence Mobley

    I think it has great potential. Even imagine having a globe as a background wallpaper and seeing the apps rotating around the world. Eager to see the beta release! Would be nice to add other effects like tornado, vortex or inclement weather effects. If you could have the effects tied into the current weather conditions and have the apps manipulated according to the conditions. I know this could be far fetched but any idea is potentially a game breaker.

  • bze

    who actually searches their homescreen for apps? Within 3-4 finger movements I use spotlight to find whatever I want. It’s predictive and usually knows within one key press.

    Oops, this was supposed to be a reply to Fanboy 

  • Zeyad Kambouris

    I think it’s cool and worth to try.

  • XZavier

    This tweak looks cool and is a great change of pace from the old springboard we all have used for the past 7 years, but this is not very quick, this generation wants awesome, but quick at the same time… This tweak is also most likely going to be a battery killer, probably the most important part of the iPhone to most people. I think it is awesome that we are getting these new springboard tweaks to redesign it, and I totally encourage it, i’m so tired of the same boring springboard on iOS and even android, just pages with blocks. I want something new, but this is not it.

    • Shisno

      Iconoclasm like I stated below to fanboy or not :p

      • XZavier

        That’s still the same boring look tho… I need a new animation kinda thing. Im bored with it being a flat screen and just spaces filled by icons. Iconoclasm just changes where and how those spaces are lined up…

  • Shisno

    It looks great and will love to try out but maybe it can have a more vertical spin as it can utilize the screen more and more apps can be shown.

  • john diaz

    it’s not going to work on a phone such as the iPhone, perhaps on the iwatch.

  • NeftyCorrea

    I do not like it . The spinning will kill the battery and it gets me dizzy and just to get to the back of the sphere for a app is just to slow and not worth it at all. It’s has no fuctionality. I’d stick with the apple watch concept it’s easier and fast to get around to find your apps and in this app it just awful and slow so sorry for the developers some people will like it and some like me will not enjoy this tweak

  • Enrrique510

    People here just don’t get 2 simple things. 1. Beta and 2. Guess what? Not for everyone. And plus this has been on reddit jailbreak and it was seen as confusing, mostly because it was teased and posted but not entirely described. Everyone here seems to just want to argue wih each other, probably because they feel safe typing.

  • Matt

    Ever since the apple watch UI was “ported” to the iphone, people are taking their best shot at shipping a so-called “springboard replacement”.
    This is definently a field that takes a lot of creativity, inspiration and a bunch of rethinking – everyone with it’s own approach.
    Now, I like the direction it takes.
    This wave will sure bring us some really impressive software solutions. 🙂

  • kacy

    you’re a developer… try to write something like, Re-Support for ios 8 or Quick reply for whatsapp, etc….. that’ll be most profitable and more popular… stop wasting time on this one…

  • Is use it with normal apple swipe sensitivity. A auto rotation toggle and delay of auto rotate at a default value of 3 and have it ramp up into full auto rotate instead of snap immediately into it. App icons HAVE to be larger by default and scale at a ratio of 50% pinch scale till they hit top resolution display as to avoid pixelation. App titles should fill in space available rather than be static, helping to avoid icon overlaying also make them layer underneath the icons. I would use it but would like to see a cylinder view as well. And an inverted appearance toggle to change the perspective to inside of the sphere. App icons and titles should blur and fade out in either Zaxis direction. If the app is larger than max resolution then begin blur as a result of the apps location on the z axis in relation to the viewers perspective. If the app is smaller than 50% max resolution begin fading and blurring. Just my opinion. I look forward to this tweak.

  • I’d use it with swipe sensitivity defaulting to normal. An auto rotation toggle and delay of auto rotate at a default value of 3 and have it ramp up into full auto rotate instead of snap immediately into it. App icons HAVE to be larger by default and scale at a ratio of 50% pinch scale till they hit top resolution display as to avoid pixelation. App titles should fill in space available rather than be static, helping to avoid icon overlaying also make them layer underneath the icons. I would use it but would like to see a cylinder view as well. And an inverted appearance toggle to change the perspective to inside of the sphere. App icons and titles should blur and fade out in either Zaxis direction. If the app is larger than max resolution then begin blur as a result of the apps location on the z axis in relation to the viewers perspective. If the app is smaller than 50% max resolution begin fading and blurring. Just my opinion. I look forward to this tweak.

  • Yanik Fuchs

    Awsome

  • Carlos Martinez

    It would be nice to have the sphere with springboard pages instead of apps….that way u can organize your pages and select the one you want on the sphere. Then select your app.

  • Jon Boehmer

    Any ETA on this?

  • Sean

    So what’s the Status of this Springboard? because I was very disappointed in Aeterrnum. ETA? Progress? Beta?

  • Samir

    repo ?