Barrel Update Swirl

If you’re a fan of Barrel, the well-known jailbreak tweak that brings animated transitions to the iOS SpringBoard, then you’ll be happy about this news. Today, it received an update that brings two new modes to the table. Introducing: Swirl and Whirlpool.

Swirl is a new mode that adds an orbiting rotation to the Home screen app icons as you swipe to a new page. It fades in the icons from a new page, and fades out the icons from the previous page, all while performing the swirl animation.

The second mode, Whirlpool, is very much like Swirl, except it is more intense and tighter wound.


One update that I’d like to see developer Aaron Ash make is with the Barrel app. Although the app is nothing more than a mirror image of the tweak’s preferences, which is obviously optimized for the larger iPhone 6 screen, the app isn’t yet optimized.

Overall, this is a good update, and it’s free. Of the two new modes, I prefer Swirl. Because it’s not as complex, it’s easier to appreciate the details of the animation.

If you already own Barrel, this is a free update. If you’ve yet to purchase it, then you can find it for $2.99 on the BigBoss repo.

What do you think about the update?

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    Jeff when are we going to see Columbia previewed?

    • Lucus Bendzsa

      It seems like BiteSMS for iOS8, a really crappy version of BiteSMS

  • Chris

    I still prefer Vortex

  • JayDee917

    Still feel like Cylinder is a better alternative to Barrel.

    • Chris Longden

      Yeah I’d agree but I like the fact you can use cylinder and barrel together.

  • Brian Brown


  • GzyOnline

    Are these 2 options that have been available in Springtomize for some time already?

  • New modes run great on my 5S! I thought is was Apex 2 causing page issues when I was just using Springmotize3 but it appears Springmotize3 was the culprit. Nice to not have to pull down Spotlight every time I return to my home page.

  • iPhoneWINS

    stopped using this cause it causes crashes