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  • 'Beacon' Enables the Initial Animated Apple Boot Animation for Every Respring or Reboot


    If youíve ever done a respring, or a reboot, then you might be familiar with the way that the Apple logo appears until your lock screen finally appears. Itís simply that Ė a boring, non-animated, Apple logo.

    A new jailbreak tweak called Beacon by iOS developer Evan Swick enables the animated Apple boot animation that appears on the display the first time you turn on your iOS device after a fresh restore. This way, youíll see this awesome animated Apple logo right before you see your lock screen, rather than a dull, non-animated Apple logo.

    The animated Apple logo appears every time you reboot your device, or respring it. The tweak comes with a preferences pane in the Settings application, where you can choose the transition style from the basic Apple logo to the animated one:



    The transitions you have to choose from include:


    • Flip from left
    • Flip from right
    • Curl up
    • Curl down
    • Dissolve
    • Flip from top
    • Flip from bottom


    Beacon is a very simple, and subtle change for iOS, but at the same time, itís a very pleasing one. This is one of those simple jailbreak tweaks that makes the iOS experience just that much better. Itís odd how Apple hasnít already made features like this stock with iOS.

    Beacon works on any device, whether it's an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. The device just needs to be running iOS 5 or later.

    Name: Beacon
    Price: 99Ę
    Version: 0.9.8-4
    Requirements: iOS 5+
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Evan Swick
    Editor's Rating:  5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Beacon' Enables the Initial Animated Apple Boot Animation for Every Respring or Reboot started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      It needs to allow for custom images!
    1. eswick's Avatar
      eswick -
      Quote Originally Posted by King_O_Hill View Post
      It needs to allow for custom images!
      I am the developer of Beacon. Could you be more specific when you say custom images? I'm here to help!
    1. Jato_BZ's Avatar
      Jato_BZ -
      Nice idea! Yuh is it using the Logo Flare images in the SpringBoard app?

      Be good if somehow it could be also integrated into WB.

      I thought animated boot logos were gone!

      Good work!
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Very nice tweak gonna try it out

      Welcome to the site also
    1. eswick's Avatar
      eswick -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jato_BZ View Post
      Nice idea! Yuh is it using the Logo Flare images in the SpringBoard app?

      Be good if somehow it could be also integrated into WB.

      I thought animated boot logos were gone!

      Good work!
      Thanks!

      And haha, I didn't even know those Logo Flare images existed! Wow...you just solved a mystery I was clueless on...But no, Apple has a subclass of a UIView that uses those images. I won't go into details, but I had no idea where the images came from, I just knew that it worked. You've solved the mystery! So yes, if you change the Logo Flare photos in SpringBoard.app, (with WinterBoard or whatever you like), I don't see why it wouldn't work.

      I guess I should have checked there first :P

      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      Very nice tweak gonna try it out

      Welcome to the site also
      Thanks. I've been a member of ModMyi for quite a while, I just didn't want to confuse everyone by using my old username :P
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Sounds good and good work. Wish I could do something like this.
    1. eswick's Avatar
      eswick -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      Sounds good and good work. Wish I could do something like this.
      You can. In all honesty, I have never even created a standard app. Ever. This is the first thing for iPhone I have ever finished. I made Beacon two days ago in less than 24 hours while I was sick. I barely even know Objective-C. I'm not even out of high school, never taken any programming or computer class. Everything you need to do things like this has some sort of documentation, somewhere online, no matter how hard you have to look to find it. (And MobileSubstrate info is definitely hard to find)
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Ya wouldn't even know where to start for this. And doubt I even have the time work and my little one.
    1. eswick's Avatar
      eswick -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      Ya wouldn't even know where to start for this. And doubt I even have the time work and my little one.
      Ah, I understand. I'm not old enough to work, so I guess I don't have any advice there, but if you find the time somewhere, it's definitely worth the effort.
    1. eswick's Avatar
      eswick -
      Quote Originally Posted by JcoasProductions View Post
      hi
      I believe you spelled your username wrong, Jacob.
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      Very nice. Have been looking for this ever since it was introduced in iOS 5. Honestly never occurred to me to delve into the OS and try it myself, lol...
    1. eswick's Avatar
      eswick -
      Quote Originally Posted by andygev35 View Post
      Very nice. Have been looking for this ever since it was introduced in iOS 5. Honestly never occurred to me to delve into the OS and try it myself, lol...
      Thank you. Yeah, I was the same way, trying to find a tweak. Got into MobileSubstrate and decided what I wanted the finished product to be before I even started. The hardest part was finding where the heck the logo got activated from. Took the majority of the time, about 6 hours, but once I found that, it was a breeze.
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      I don't know if its asking too much, but the settings app really needs a preview function for each of the animations...
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      Quote Originally Posted by eswick View Post
      I am the developer of Beacon. Could you be more specific when you say custom images? I'm here to help!
      would you happen to have a video of this app somewhere? sounds interesting. perhaps the user can change the logo to a personal pic?
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      Just use the search feature in Cydia.
    1. bootleg's Avatar
      bootleg -
      is it just the apple or does it that shield with the lightning bolt come up as well as a transition? the apple is nice but i no desire to the arm and bolt. i wouldn't put it on the phone free if i have to see yet another logo after the apple.
    1. Jailbr0k's Avatar
      Jailbr0k -
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      Quote Originally Posted by andygev35 View Post
      Just use the search feature in Cydia.
      i didn't find it when i first logged into cydia. but after logging out and logging back in.. it found it. so i spent my $0.99 i just hope someday there will be some custom logo's other then an Apple.
    1. eswick's Avatar
      eswick -
      Quote Originally Posted by andygev35 View Post
      I don't know if its asking too much, but the settings app really needs a preview function for each of the animations...
      It's on my to-do list.
    1. mattoligy's Avatar
      mattoligy -
      Is the tweak very lightweight?