The stock iPhone Lock screen leaves a lot of untapped potential on the table, and for that reason it’s no surprise that we see so many jailbreak tweaks that focus on modifying the Lock screen.
HTCLock is the latest tweak to focus on the Lock screen. It allows you to launch apps easily using an HTC-styled interface. Check inside for the full video walkthrough…
HTCLock allows you to launch apps such as Mail, Safari, messages, etc., and it allows you to do so by dragging the circle interface up to the appropriate application. The main problem that I have with HTCLock, is that you cannot launch apps successfully if you have a passcode enabled on your device.
It would’ve been nice if you were able to queue up an app and then enter your passcode to successfully launch the app. Unfortunately, you cannot do this with HTCLock, and that presents a problem launching apps for passcode enabled users.
HTCLock also includes an option to change the theme for your launch app icons, though, sadly I was unable to get this working correctly. Perhaps an updated version of HTCLock will perform differently in these areas, but with the version I was able to test, I consistently ran into these, and other serious issues.
My advice is to stay away, but if you’re insistant on giving HTCLock a try for yourself, then head over to Cydia’s BigBoss repo where you can download it free of charge. Let me know what you think about it in the comment section below.