One of the annoying quirks of iOS is there’s no way to quickly toggle battery-draining and data-thirsty features and services we like to use selectively. Of course, that’s without jailbreaking. Considering BossPrefs (the precursor to SBSettings) was released in 2007, it’s about time Apple caught up with the demand for an official quick toggle panel. But how would Apple approach the problem?

Jean-Marc Denis posted one possibility to Dribbble. It’s a concept called ‘Lock Screen Drawer’, which would allow users to access toggles by pulling on a tab under the lock screen clock. Pull the tab, and a small tray slides out. In the concept, the tray is equipped with toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, airplane mode, and hotspot. We’d like to see GPS on the list too, so hopefully there would be a way to customize the toggles…


One user on Dribbble commented that Lock Sceen Drawer is “similar to androids super useful notification dropdown“. Funny he should say that, as Denis was the designer behind Sparrow, an alternative mail client for Mac and iOS. Sparrow was bought up by Google last year, where the creator of this concept currently works as a product designer.

Denis’ connection to Google likely means this concept won’t show up in iOS any time soon, which is a shame. Out of all the toggle concepts I’ve seen so far, Lock Screen Drawer looks like it ‘belongs’ in iOS the most. It cohesively builds on what’s already in iOS and doesn’t get bogged down by too many bells and whistles.

I am still holding out hope that Lock Screen Drawer will make its way to jailbroken iPhones. It’s not impossible that we’ll see the concept reborn as a tweak, since Davis has been in contact with Sentry. A quick reminder: Sentry is the designer behind a concept that became Auxo.

Would you still use SBSettings, NCSettings, or any other toggle tweak if iOS came with Lock Screen Drawer by default? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Zorvage

    So simple yet to innovative!

  • Zorvage

    Jailbreak tweak time!!

    • Irfan Tarique

      Jailbreak first !

  • If Apple creates this, they won’t have the personal hotspot toggle there because most carriers charge for personal hotspot and because of this a minority of the iOS users that I know use this feature. I believe that a “Do not Disturb” toggle is more appropriate. Just imagine this, you are bombarded by emails and text messages. The solution is just 1 swipe away!

    • Ben

      And you could also add pages so you can swipe across to view more toggles.

  • charlie

    Android has this feature 😛

    Anyway I still use SBSettings. Old but amazing tweak.

  • Corey Dunmore

    Why would i care… I want regular sms pop up to be avaliable for ios7

  • Maybe in IOS 42.1 we will be able tap to unlock! Geez

    • seyss

      are you an idiot?

    • Kurt

      a bit of a dream are we? you will never see tap to unlock. not from apple anyways

      • Damian W

        yeah, i think android has patent on it, just like Apple has slide to unlock patent

  • seyss

    we gotta keep teaching apple how to do tweaks.. im sure they visit this blog

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      I believe Apple is fully aware of what is available via cydia, seems as tho the stubborn fools cld rlly and truly care less. On a side note, I think notification center is pathetic and useless.

      • Damian W

        it is pretty useless. I remember when i got excited over IntelliscreenX. Even this awesome tweak did not make me use NC as much as it should be used.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Is it possible for ios to be any more lacking? Nope.

    • Kurt

      unfortunately no. and a quick toggle feature is long over due. innovate apple! think different!

  • Liam Mulcahy

    Make it into a tweak!

  • What if Apple is secretly making these concepts to advertise the changes in iOS7

  • Irfan Tarique

    This is too complicated for my grandma, so its probably not going to be added to IOS7.

  • AdamPMatthews

    I had this in ’09. http://apm.x10.mx/2009/05/apple-and-their-stupidity/. I have no idea why they dont take the good things the hacking community bring to their OS and implement it.

  • I’d prefer SBSettings or NCSettings. I wouldn’t want to go to the LockScreen every time just to switch the wifi on.

  • MPD01605

    Why do I want these settings to be available from the *lock* screen. Maybe if I don’t have a passcode but if I do (since I do) I’d rather not have these available.

    • Jairo

      I agree, switch airplane mode with do not disturb

      • I’m sure they’d make it so if you hit a toggle, the passcode would come out. It’s not that far of a stretch.