One thing about jailbreakers is that they like to be unique, especially in how they exhibit their iPhones to stand out from the non-jailbreakers around them. The plethora of flashy themes, user interface reworks, and custom animations available in the vast number of repositories are all wonderful examples of this.
Another way you might garner attention from those unfamiliar with jailbreaking is with custom sound effects, and iOS developer Steven Rolfe really captures this idea in the form of a free jailbreak tweak dubbed FreeFall.
FreeFall is a tweak that plays a sound effect when your iPhone is falling through the air – hence the name. By default, it plays a screaming sound, which is almost certain to turn heads whenever you drop your handset.
FreeFall not only plays sounds in free-fall, but also after the device lands; so while it might be used to scream mid-fall, it can also get the people around you laughing by harnessing a recording that says, “help I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” once the handset lands.
The sound effects are, of course, fully configurable via a dedicated preference pane that you’ll find in the Settings app post-installation, so if you don’t like the examples we’ve mentioned above, then you can certainly opt for alternatives:
Here, you can:
- Toggle FreeFall on or off on demand
- Choose a falling sound
- Adjust the fall detection sensitivity via a slider
- Choose a landing sound
- Adjust the landing sensitivity via a slider
We like that you can adjust the sensitivity of the two aforementioned parameters because you can prevent false positives this way. Please note that you don’t need to use both sound effects – you can have a falling sound effect only and not a landing one if you so desire.
If you don’t like the stock sounds that FreeFall provides out of the box, then the good news is that you may add your own sounds by dropping supported audio files into the /Library/FreeFall folder via a filesystem navigation app such as Filza or over an SSH connection from your computer.
Those interested in stirring up some laughter when dropping their pwned handset can download the FreeFall tweak for free from alex_png’s personal repository via their favorite package manager app. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 7-14 devices.
If you aren’t already taking advantage of alex_png’s personal repository, then you can add it to your package manager app of choice via the URL provided below:
Do you plan to make your iPhone screen when you drop it and then comment after it falls? Let us know why or why not in the comments section down below.