As much as I love surfing the web and using apps on my iPad, I hate the limitation of not being able to view anything in full-screen mode. In fact, I often wonder why Apple missed this simple yet highly usable feature, especially for the iPad’s gorgeous display screen. However, the good news is that there’s a solution available to this problem, at least for jailbroken devices. I recently tried the ‘FullScreen for iPad’ Cydia hack and it’s just what I’ve been looking for.
First things first, the ‘FullScreen for iPad’ tweak works only on jailbroken devices. The best part – this tweak actually transforms your iPad’s Safari into a fully multi-touch supported browser. You can configure any gestures you want such as a three-finger swipe, a shake etc. Similarly, it’s easy to configure single, double, and triple tap actions.
This tweak allows the user to configure various gestures for operations such as switching tabs, back and forward navigation, creating new tabs, closing current tab etc. Action for all gestures can be defined via the Settings screen as shown below.
So, not only does this tweak allow you to view stuff in full-screen, you can actually configure various commands as per your preferred gestures. If there are certain gestures which you’re not used to, simply set the associated action to ‘None’ and it won’t do anything. Priced at $1.99, I’ve found this app to be extremely useful. Since I’m fond of reading on my iPad, I love the extra screen real estate that ‘FullScreen for iPad’ provides. The app works will work on all generation iPads and it’s compliant with iOS 5 as well. The iPhone version of this app costs $1.29.
All in all, a pretty handy app which not only imparts full-screen capabilities to your Safari browser but also converts it into a truly multi-touch browser. This tweak requires a jailbroken iPad to make it work. For more information, you can check out our jailbreak guide on iOS 5.1.1.