Lately, a slew of jailbreak tweaks have hit the Cydia store, and PageLock is one the more interesting ones in that bunch. PageLock is just that, interesting, but not necessarily useful, or even desirable for that matter.

The basic premise of PageLock is to lock your iPhone’s Home screen to just one page. In essence, that means no swiping from page to page, whatsoever.

That can be kind of cool, especially mixed with other jailbreak tweaks like SpringJumps, but it certainly takes some of the “iPhone” out of the iPhone, if you know what I mean.

Page swiping is one of the iPhone’s most essential features; it’s on an iconic level. Getting rid of such a feature takes some of the fun out of using the iPhone, as you’ll notice in this First Look video…

One of the main issues I had with PageLock is the fact that if new apps were installed, and they happened to be installed on the next screen over, you’ll have no way to access those apps outside of a Spotlight search. That was a huge deal breaker for me.

I don’t want to come across as if this tweak has no use, as there are obviously a few of you out there who will find such a tweak useful. For most people though, you’d probably be better off sitting this one out.

Although it’s free, unless your need for such a tweak is clearly defined, chances are you’ll find PageLock more of an annoyance than anything.

Have you tried PageLock? Do you agree?

  • Roy

    how can i put folders in another folder??

  • EgoHot

    “…it certainly takes some of the “iPhone” out of the iPhone, if you know what I mean.

    Page swiping is one of the iPhone’s most essential features; it’s on an iconic level. Getting rid of such a feature takes some of the fun out of using the iPhone…”

    I disagree. Before Folders, my iPhone was maxed out with a full 11 pages… I HATED IT!!! After Folders, I’m down to one page for all my apps. As for taking the ‘iPhone’ out of the iPhone, I’ve owed every iPhone since July ’07 and I remember the early days before the iPhone had Pages. It was a much different experience owning the iPhone back then, not many people owned one. Now everybody has an iPhone. I kinda miss those days.

    • Right, but since the iPhone is now a mass adopted device, most people are accustomed to page swipes. That’s one of the things that makes an iPhone and iPhone to the mainstream public.

      I tried PageLock for a week, and just couldn’t get used to it. I too have Enhanced Folders, and rarely do I use more than one screen. Still, the experience simply feels different without swipes; swipes to Spotlight for instance.

      I just couldn’t take it any longer, but if that works for you, that’s a good thing.

  • Folders within folders is pretty distracting in this video. How DID you do that? (Even though a folder for apps called apps with folders of apps is a bit redundant). On the non-thread hijack note, why would you lock access to spotlight with this? The choice of what screen to lock to and leaving spotlight available in this would make more sense.

  • soccerkrzy

    I can only see this as a temporary way to hand your phone to a kid and it automatically locks him/her to one page of apps he/she can access.

    That’s about it.

    • I agree, children is the only reason I can see this tweak to be useful, assuming it can be enabled/disabled by some kind of hotkey like IncarcerApp

      And only if it has the ability to disable the buttons on the dock as part of the process.

  • Burge

    At least it’s a free tweak ….unlike the other useless tweaks that are paid for….. Still useless though…

  • Vince

    ThTmat folder enhancer doeant work on my iPAd 4.2.1. Any help would apprexiate!!tnks

  • I was wondering why winterboard installs with this app. It doesn’t seem like winterboard is necessary for the app to work