Anyone who likes to keep things fresh on an iPhone by frequently changing the lock screen background is sure to appreciate the plethora of wallpaper apps available on iOS. Not satisfied with those? You can always download any picture from the internet and use it as the wallpaper of your device. There are plenty of photo editors that can help you make ordinary photos look extraordinary, but what if there was a way of making your wallpapers special without having to do any work on them. In the past, we have seen Cydia tweaks like WAlpha that act directly on the wallpaper rather than the photo being used as the background. Sodium is quite similar, but with an amazingly large collection of features. The tweak lets you apply a tint with a particular blend mode to the wallpaper, change its alpha value, and toggle Grayscale and Negative image effects.
As you would expect, Sodium operates completely from the stock Settings app. To get started, set the wallpaper you want to edit on both the Home and lock screens. The next step is to head to the Sodium menu and tinker with the values listed there. The first option lets you change the alpha value of the wallpaper using a slider. If you want to make the wallpaper as bright as it originally was at any time, just toggle the ‘Set Alpha’ button off.
If you are not in the mood to do too much manual work, Sodium comes with two one-tap options. You can make the wallpaper grayscale, or use its negative, using the two toggles available at the bottom end of the menu. The tweak has a lot more potential than just that though. You can fill the photo with a translucent layer of any color you want. The app offers the choice of many colors, and the way this colored layer blends with the actual photo can be chosen by the user as well. After making any changes in Sodium settings, the tweak requires a respring, which is why it comes with a button for that purpose at the end of the menu.
Sodium fetches for 99 cents, and can be found in the BigBoss repo of the jailbreak store. The tweak is priced just right in our opinion, since it can give you some new wallpapers without the hassle of actually finding and downloading photos from the internet. Your phone’s memory also doesn’t take a hit, since the created wallpapers aren’t stored anywhere, and the changes are not visible anywhere except on the screen background.