Apple's wallpaper feature in iOS makes you choose one wallpaper each for your Home Screen and Lock Screen, and then you're stuck with that wallpaper until you change it. If you would like the idea of being able to have your Home Screen wallpaper cycle between multiple pictures instead of just showing one image all the time, then check out a new jailbreak tweak called SpringPaper by iOS developer Jason Recillo.
With SpringPaper, you can select photos of your own that will cycle as your wallpaper on the Home Screen. Because you can pick the photos you want, you don't have to worry about unwanted photos appearing as your background, and because you can pick as many photos as you want, you can have as much of a transitional wallpaper setup as you want.
SpringPaper adds a preferences pane to the Settings application, which lets you dig your hands into the meat of the tweak's main functionality:
From here, you can easily enable or disable the tweak on demand. You will also be able to choose the source of your photos for using as the wallpaper. You can put the photos that you want to use in a specific folder on your filesystem, or you can manually select photos from your Photo Library that you want to use. If you choose to put the photos that you want to use in your wallpaper setup in a folder on your filesystem, you will need to type in the folder path in the text field labeled "Folder." If you choose to use photos from your Photo Library, then you need to tap on the Photo Library button and then pick photos from your various album(s).
There are also a number of wallpaper options, such as choosing the frequency for how often the wallpaper will change, choosing the speed at which a photo will transition into another, choosing the scaling for photos that you set as wallpapers, choosing a transition animation for moving from one photo to another, enabling shuffle mode for randomly moving from photo to photo, and configure Activator integration for manually transitioning to another photo.
The hide options allow you to hide elements from the Home Screen so you can see your wallpapers better, this includes hiding application icons, hiding the dock, hiding the Status Bar, choosing an amount of time the device should wait before hiding anything, and making iOS only hide what you choose once.
In terms of the transition animations that you can have for moving from photo to photo, you can choose from any of the following:
- Move in
- Camera iris
- Page curl
- Page uncurl
We picked the Camera Iris animation, and you can see how the camera iris appears as the photo changes:
You can check out the developer's video demonstration of the tweak below:
For a mobile-friendly video link that works with our app, tap on the video link below:
SpringPaper is a really cool way to ensure that you always have some change in your Home Screen wallpaper. Notably, there is a bug in the current version that requires you to have a different still wallpaper for your Home Screen than your Lock Screen, and you will have to manually install Activator from Cydia. These issues should be addressed in a future version of the tweak, but as long as you work with the bugs, the tweak will function properly.
The tweak requires iOS 7 to be installed and at this point in time it only supports the iPhone and iPod touch –*iPad support is coming soon. If you would like to give SpringPaper a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository for $1.99.
Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 7.0-7.0.6
Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6
Developer: Jason Recillo
Editor's Rating: 4/5