If you like customizing your iPhone and have access to Cydia, there are plenty of ways the status bar of your device can be completely revamped, like our recently covered HomeDisplay – a tweak that adds some extra information to the iOS status bar. Another part of iOS that offers a quick way of viewing some basic info is the volume HUD. There are tweaks like VolumeCustomize that can change the way the HUD looks, but none changes it as much as the newly released StatusHUD by Alan Yip. In fact, you can argue that the tweak gets rid of the HUD altogether. Having said that, no information is lost, as StatusHUD adds the volume indicator to the status bar. Even on the lock screen, the new indicator shows up when the volume keys are pressed.
StatusHUD has two visual modes, and you can choose between them by heading to the stock Settings app and finding the menu added there by the tweak. The first button lets you toggle the tweak, thereby letting you get the usual volume HUD back any time you want, without even a respring. The second field deals with the styles offered by StatusHUD. The tweak puts a volume bar in the middle of the status area at the top of the screen. Each segment of the bar can either a square or a circle, depending upon your choice of StatusHUD style.
Whenever you press the volume keys while on the SpringBoard, the time area on the status bar disappears and is temporarily replaced by a volume indicator. The lock screen just shows whether your device is in silent mode or not. The most useful aspect of StatusHUD, however, is that it can be used to view your status bar even inside full screen apps. Just push one of the volume buttons, and instead of the usual HUD, the status bar appears at the top of the screen for a few seconds. This can be useful if you want to quickly check your signal strength or battery percentage, although time doesn’t show up in this mode.
StatusHUD is priced at $0.99, and can be found in the BigBoss repo of the Cydia store. The tweak might not be suitable for everyone but if you have never been a huge fan of HUDs, give it a go. StatusHUD looks stylish and is also fairly useful for its ability of presenting the status bar within full screen apps.