SpringBoard.app is essentially iOS's graphical user interface (much the same as GNOME is to Linux, Explorer is to Microsoft Windows, and Finder is to Mac OS) and manages graphical services ranging from icon badges, the dock, multitasking, and folders (among others). When it is launched, it registers PurpleSystemEventPort, essentially making it the main application.
- SpringBoard acts a stacking window manager, rendering the child applications
- SpringBoard activates/deactivates and manages memory of the UIKit applications it launches
- SpringBoard is responsible for most of the interactions with CoreTelephony
Starting in iOS 6, some of SpringBoard's former functions are now in backboardd.
Cydia Substrate Extensions
After jailbreaking the device, SpringBoard.app can be extended with 3rd party extensions injected by Cydia Substrate.
Apple developers and service center employees use SpringBoard's alternative called SwitchBoard.app. A simple launcher for other developer utilities, such as SkankPhone (SkankPod if on iPod device) and BurnIn.
Main Application Ports
- Model definition file(s)
- Related artwork
- ring.m4r (Marimba)