Barrel: Jailbreak App Brings 3D-Cube Effect To iPhone Homescreen

BY Andy

Published 27 Nov 2010

Barrel Cydia app

A lot of users jailbreak their iPhones in order to install applications and features that may have otherwise been rejected at the Apple App Store.

Occasionally though, we also come across other jailbreak apps that merely serve to enhance the native visual experience of the iPhone. The newly launched Barrel is a tool that fits this category.

Barrel offers a visual tweak to the way the icon pages are stacked and displayed. Unlike the normal mode where the icon pages appear to be placed side-by-side, Barrel offers a 3D-cube effect to these icon pages. Swiping across the several pages of homescreen icons will display each page as a side to the cube. Check out the video below to see how the tweak works:

The tweak lets users choose between two 3D-cube modes – Cube inside and Cube outside. The difference between the two is in the way the 3D-cube is viewed – from within the barrel or from outside. Of course, you may also choose to switch off the 3D-cube completely from the Settings page.

While Barrel may not exactly be a utility app, it is nevertheless a very interesting add-on that may find appeal among a lot of users. This however comes at a cost. The app retails at a price of $2.99, which we feel is very much on the expensive side. Also do note that users will need a jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch to install this app.

You can find Barrel in the BigBoss repository on Cydia. If you do choose to download this application, don’t forget to let us know how you find this tweak in the comments below.