How To Extend iPhone Status Bar With Bunch Of Useful Information
It’s generally accepted that you can never have too much information available at any given time, but it all comes down to how that information is presented, which is why jailbroken users could possibly be interested in the new HomeDisplay tweak that has landed in Cydia. More details and where to download from, can be found right after the jump.
HomeDisplay is package that attempts to make a little additional information immediately accessible to the user in an unobtrusive manner by implementing a small info bar underneath the existing status bar. The native setup of any iOS device involves having a status bar at the top of the display that shows the time, signal strength and various other indicators as and when they become active. It then has a blank space followed by the list of app icons. When an app is active, the interface of that app sits firmly underneath the status bar.
The HomeDisplay package by Michael Poole introduces a very small bar that interacts with various native apps to bring additional info to the user. The current date is displayed in the bar, as is the temperature of the current location that is pulled in from the native Weather app on the device. Additional options can be configured from the Settings app where the user can expect to be able to toggle things on and off like showing the currently playing song.
There’s no denying that some users will find HomeDisplay to be a useful tweak. However, the price tag of $2 seems like a steep price to pay when you consider premium packages like Auxo are available for less and offer great functionality out of the box. This isn’t to say that I feel HomeDisplay isn’t "worth" the money. It is, as is any bespoke software, but given the current market and prices that are attached to Cydia tweaks it seems it has priced itself out of the running.
HomeDisplay is available as a commercial download for $2.00 from the BigBoss repository and requires iOS 6.0 or above. The package is not currently compatible with the iPad.