If you remember a useful tweak called ClockWind, the thirteen year-old developer, SuperDev, has removed it from Cydia to make room for a less-buggy, completely re-written tweak called Accelerate. The tweak allows you to manually control just how fast system animations occur on your iOS device. This means you can make a slower iOS device appear faster, or just make a faster iOS device appear faster or slower for fun.
When you install Accelerate, you’ll be able to go into the Settings application and start fiddling around with the many options it comes with:
The first thing you’ll notice is the ability to enable and disable the tweak on demand. Under this, you’ll be able to set your animation speed. Right below that you will find a super block of options that allow you to disable Accelerate in individual system animations. You will be able to disable Accelerate for any of the following individual system animations:
- Opening, closing, and switching applications
- Opening and closing the App Switcher
- Opening and closing Siri
- Icon editing on the home screen and in the App Switcher
- Taking screenshots
- Spinning wheel animation
- Lock screen animations
- Banner notification animations
When you disable one of these, stock animation speed will be replenished for that specific animation and all other animations will continue to follow suit with Accelerate's animation speed.
In case you were wondering about the choices in animation speed… well, it’s a long list. Some of the animations are humorously named. You can test them all out and see what animation you like the best. The list goes in order from fastest to slowest as you scroll down. "Ferrari," one of the faster animation speed choices in the tweak, is the default speed when you enable the tweak for the first time. No respring is required between changing animation speeds.
According to the developer, Accelerate has support for many generations of iOS devices, including the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 3 to iOS 6. Talk about support!
If your iOS device feels like it's slowing down you should give this tweak a try and see if the animation speeds improvements help to make it feel more responsive. It's completely free and there's nothing to lose from giving it a try!
Editor's Rating: 4/5