Gridlock updated for iOS 6

By , Mar 7, 2013

Gridlock 2.0

Gridlock 2.0 was released just moments ago, and it brings iOS 6.x support in tow. Gridlock is a tweak that’s very popular among jailbreakers, because it gives users the ability to rearrange their app icons using a simple drag and drop action.

Normally, iOS prevents users from organizing app icons in any way but in a linear manner. With Gridlock, you can easily leave blank spaces between app icons. In my opinion, Gridlock is best served when mixed with iOS themes, and jailbreak widgets like Dashboard X. Whatever the case may be, you’ll likely enjoy the sense of freedom that you get from using Gridlock.

According to Grant Paul, the well respected developer of both Gridlock and Zephyr, the iOS 6 update was filled with various complexities. For that reason, Gridlock 2.0 isn’t a free upgrade for previous users of the package. Apparently, so much work was needed that Paul was required to completely rewrite Gridlock from the ground up for iOS 6. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be very economical for him to give it away free of charge, even for owners of the previous version.

The good news for previous owners? Gridlock 2.0 is available right now in Cydia’s BigBoss repo for an upgrade price of $1.99. Newcomers will have to fork over $4.99 to enjoy the tweak. Don’t forget to let me know what you think about it in the comments below.

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  • Guest

    FINALLY.

  • http://twitter.com/MikeyHundredsss MIKEY☠HNDRD$

    FINALLY.

  • thebudman

    I have a hard time purchasing any tweak that costs more than a cup of coffee.

    • ap3604

      Then don’t buy it. Simple.

      • Damian W

        Well there are so many tweaks on cydia we have already paid lots of money that paying for the same thing all over again just does not feel right. Especially if it is more than couple of bucks. Also gridlock is not that special. Lockinfo, inteliscreenx, bitesms or callbar are special.

      • ap3604

        From Saurik :
        “Look, this premise is wrong: they didn’t get “screwed”… you can’t expect to pay once for something and receive updates for life. This is even true in the App Store, only rather than charge an update, the product rots and disappears from the catalog, and is replaced by a new one without any upgrade pricing. In many cases, the company simply goes out of business. (OMG, what I wouldn’t give to have been able to pay the chain3 guy for an update to iOS 3… I really really miss that program. Imagine what upgrade pricing could have done for Sparrow?)
        Further, the users in your example (who paid twice for upgrades and got “screwed” twice for upgrades) certainly didn’t get “screwed” by the second upgrade: they knew what was coming. At this point it is just a set of people who like to complain about things deciding that apparently they are ok with this situation enough to pay for it, but are going to insist on complaining about it and acting like they keep getting screwed: maybe they should have bought TetherMe. (Hell: I both refuse to install Intelliborn products on my own devices and actually pay AT&T for their tethering plan.)
        The reality here is that your expectations just don’t make any sense: developers are not your slaves, and it is not their job to keep all of this software working with every new version of iOS because one day, a few years ago, you gave them some money. This is not a “legitimate greivence”, especially not “even for customers who knew about Intelliborn’s business practices before”. You can argue that some people may be sufficiently short-sighted that they don’t realize this seemingly-obvious fact, but it is way overly dramatic to call this state “screwed”.”

      • Damian W

        I think many people cant get over the fact that the actual cost is 5 dollars for this small tweak. After all, it offers only moving an icon from one place to another. Personally, I have nothing against supporting developers. I already paid for 6 upgrades for iOS6. The only thing that bugs me is when I see some devs increasing the prices constantly. Intelliborn is terrible in this matter. They asked for 5 dollars for a tweak that already was purchased for 10. Chpwn creates great quality tweaks, but not all really revolutionary or rich in function ( Zephyr is exception), yet he always asks for higher ($5) price than most tweaks. I simply avoid buying tweaks which are 5 or more dollars. When I see a tweak for one dollar or two, I buy it without hesitation if I see usefulness in it. 5 dollars simply scares me away.Of course, I made exception for IntelliscreenX, Lockinfo, and few others but they are worth the money unlike Gridlock.

      • Elijah

        It’s not the same tweak its a total remake of Gridlock, which means different coding.

      • Damian W

        yes, we all know this. But after all, do you really want to pay that much for moving an icon from one grid to another. What’s the fun in this?

      • Elijah

        It’s not about Fun it’s about practicality… For someone like me who has OCD I love the fact that I can move my icons anywhere I want just for that matter.

      • Damian W

        hah, good point with OCD. Maybe gridlock will help people with OCD to pass some time. It is a great tweak with a good concept I would buy it, if the price was more reasonable or if I had OCD.

      • Elijah

        Lol… You didn’t get the point.

      • Damian W

        whats not to get? You said it is about practicality, which is somehow true. But to be practical you dont really need Gridlock. I guess gridlock is a fantastic tool for themers, which I am not.

      • http://twitter.com/Xenosaiga Kameron Burton

        It all boils down to weather or not you really want/need to have your icons set up a certain way. If your a hardcore theme user then by all means buy it. I myself don’t really care how my icons are laid out as I am used to having my icons sit where they lay so I myself am not really in the need category. Do I want it? Yes. Do I need it? No. Can I live without it? Most definitely. It is all a mater of preference. I have spoke my peace. Not into the arguing scene. Just like to get my opinion out there to help others along with their choices. Weather or not something is purchased doesn’t hurt me in the least. Good luck in your decisions my fellow jailbreakers!

      • Damian W

        and I totally agree with you. It is up to each of us to decide whether we want to support the further development of this particular tweak. In my case I will opt out from buying it due to high price and no need of using it anyway. For themers it is a must have.

      • m_agee2790

        The fun my dear sir is for people migrating to 6.0 that have never used gridlock before. iconoclasm only does SO much.

      • Damian W

        You might be right. I don’t see fun in this, especially for that price.
        Iconoclasm actually together with Layout Maker is fantastic. I created icon layouts that I could never find on Cydia before. Once you try it ( if you have not already) you will get my point.

      • m_agee2790

        I have. Id rather buy gridlock and besides…. its CHPWN comone he deserves it. if this were some new wannabe dev I could see the price being justified but this guy deserves with what he has contributed to the jailbreak community over the years. Just my opinion though of course.

      • http://profiles.google.com/jacob.noergaard Jacob Nørgaard

        If it isn’t fun anyway, why are you complaining?

      • Kurt

        He’s being reasonable. Read his comments. I gave me +1 on each for a reason. He makes sense.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

      Cup of Coffee… I would have said at least a Happyeal.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

        Happy Meal*

      • Joe

        In some places, a cup of coffee costs almost as much (if not more) than a happy meal.

      • http://twitter.com/Xenosaiga Kameron Burton

        By that logic you would gladly pay 4 or 5 dollars considering that is the price of coffee nowadays. And if that is the case I see no reason to complain about the price. Either you want the app and are willing to pay for it or you don’t. Nobody is twisting your arm to buy it.
        Either way I would most certainly consider this a new product. Grid works on older devices. Grid 2.0 which was re-written works on ios 6. Complaining that its unfair to charge for an ‘Update” would, in my opinion, Be like complaining that when you buy The iPhone 3 you automatically assume that you will be given the iPhone 4 when it was released. The world doesn’t work that way. Be happy that it would only be a small upgrade fee for older users than if the maker decided to outright make you have to pay full price for the new product.

      • Damian W

        I agree with you. However, I would not compare upgrading software to hardware. They are completely opposite. When you develop a software and finish it, you can make million of copies at the lowest cost by copping it to lets say DVD and selling billion of them with the help of App Store or similar. After all, you only created and developed one original copy and sold millions of them.

        WIth hardware you have to create million phones to sell million.

      • http://twitter.com/Xenosaiga Kameron Burton

        It was the best analogy I could come up with. I guess I am not all that good at making them.

      • UltraHut

        Certainly,a good speech

    • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

      It’s not worth .99¢

      • Damian W

        lol

    • http://twitter.com/gymhunk William Huang

      I’m skipping the upgrade as the developer apparently also claims this may not be the last upgrade price. So it’s goodbye Gridlock.
      I’ll probably wean myself off his other tweaks. Comparing with other tweaks such as IntelliscreenX, which are really so much more worth the asking price.

    • http://profiles.google.com/jacob.noergaard Jacob Nørgaard

      Then you’ll also have a hard time enjoying it – so it’s lucky you won’t have to!

      • Kurt

        This may force people to go to the pirate repos who would otherwise not

  • Jcsilva46

    4.99 is like to much On my opinion

    • Damian W

      Better buy iconoclasm and create your custom layout with free tool on cydia called iconoclasm layout maker

      • http://twitter.com/justkevinblog justkevinblog

        I am sticking with Iconoclasm and the layout maker for now then I bought them basically waiting for Gridlock, but now given both the upgrade and new buyer prices are just absolutely ludicrous I am not buying this. And also I can understand the amount of work gone into making this work with iOS 6, but to the end user- really all they see is they are able to move an icon to where they choose that’s all.

        There are far more practical and fundamental tweaks that cost the same or even less than this, $4.99 come on.

      • Damian W

        To me this tweak is just a nice concept, but at the end completely not required. I understand paying for it 1 dollar , max 2. For example customGrid or moreicons have the right price.

      • http://twitter.com/justkevinblog justkevinblog

        Couldn’t agree more. I’d be happy to pay max 2 for this given all that it does. I kid you not, I almost spat my coffee checking it out in Cydia this morning, when the button for the price finally showed up… wtf.

      • Damian W

        Haha, it reminds me of another tweak Called Quasar. Awesome tweak, but buggy and not comaptible with many tweaks. Asking price 10 dollars. I doubt it that it was succeful in selling. If quasar had price 2 dollars, max 4, then everyone would buy it. Even for the sake of checking it and supporting development. Yet, it is not developed anymore and buggy as it was. I was better off just checking it on pirate repo and deleting it anyway. Lucky I did not put 10 dollars in a dead tweak.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558812483 Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

        yup, i jumped on the quasar hype train and i completely regret it

  • http://twitter.com/RECON1_ [RΞCØИ1]

    I’ve been waiting for this. Bye bye Iconoclasm and iBlank. Wooo!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Bolden/723717062 Brandon Bolden

    Finally! Thx.

  • Ernie Marin

    AWESOME, finally is out, now i can freely customize my themes

  • Daniel Vox

    Just downloaded crashes my device … not sure what does’t work with. … :-/

  • http://twitter.com/SomaXD somaxd

    its hard to pay for this when ive already paid for the initial version… although this really is one of my favorite tweaks… i feel like even though its discounted… ive already paid… if i have to repurchase all my tweaks just because i updated to iOS6… ill just stick with 5.0.1 even though some of the ios6 stuff is cool.

    • Damian W

      Good point. This is the 5th or 6th tweak that asks for price upgrade for me. And it is as much as a regular price. Getting annoying.

  • ap3604

    Can’t wait to hear the people complain about the $1.99 upgrade like they’re getting an arm chopped off :P

    • http://www.destroypixels.com/ Nicolas Arteaga

      I would gladly pay $1.99 to chop somebody’s arm :-)

  • deepdvd

    You can save a WHOLE penny by buying Gridlock Legacy and then buying Gridlock 2.0. You know you want to. He “had to”… Bugs me so bad when developers say they “have to” charge for an upgrade.

    • trumpet444

      Or… YOU could write the code from the ground up your damn self.
      Apple charged you for the “upgrade” to Mountain Lion. Are you going to piss and moan about that too just because you paid for Lion?

      • Malay Mody

        Mountain Lion wasn’t a compatibility update. It actually had new features. I could understand $3 for new users and $1 to upgrade but $5 for new users is much too steep

      • Damian W

        Mountain lion had lots of new great features and improvements comparing to lion. It was a great update.

      • Malay Mody

        I agree. Love mountain lion. Much faster and totally worth $20. Definetely a worthy upgrade.

  • http://twitter.com/JustMeJip2 FreeLaraStyle

    Finally I was waiting for this

  • http://twitter.com/Alfu_ Alfu™

    Finally…… what took you so long to take it out? this is one of my top tweak to be honest

  • FabianPVD

    I’d buy it..but since I only have one page on my spring board and keep my icons there, then it’s really no big deal that I don’t have Gridlock at this point.

  • http://twitter.com/gltch486 Matt

    $2.99 would be more justifible for me.

  • http://twitter.com/1948Ronny Ronny Llerena

    So far 99% of the apps and tweaks have been updated without a re-charge for paid customers, so I don’t really think gridlock should be any different. Besides with all of the iphones that are being jailbroken, he will make up for the already paid customers, so his 1% is in my opinion not worth the bother. I was waiting for the tweak but now I’ll just stay with Iconoclasm, which didn’t charge for the update.

    • ap3604

      From Saurik:

      “With that aside: your distinction is simply untenable. There is a cost of maintaining software. You simply cannot pay a fixed fee once in the past and expect to get free updates forever until the end of time (unless the price is so high that it makes tangible interest in a bank ;P).
      In fact, the cost of a “compatibility update” in the world of jailbreaking is actually much higher than it is for “normal software”. When Apple releases Mac OS X 10.8, while they don’t care as much as Microsoft does about backwards-compatibility (by any stretch of the imagination, in fact), they certainly try to not break apps built for 10.7.
      However, that’s not the case when the software you are developing is a modification of a bunch of internal codebases. When Apple released 10.8, they almost certainly rewrote a bunch of stuff internal to Finder, even though Finder looks roughly the same. They did this because they had no reason not to, it made their code better, and made other features elsewhere easier.
      In some cases, software is even entirely thrown out and rewritten from scratch to look and function in similar ways. A great example of this is something like iTunes, which was being ported to Cocoa over the last few years: the result kept looking the same, but it had massive differences to the way the UI code was organized; in a way, it was an entire rewrite of the UI.
      Now, imagine if what you had done is make changes to that code to add a new user interface element (such as is the case with parts of IntelliScreenX). Well, that’s going to break. In fact, it is probably to now require you to rewrite your entire extension from scratch because that’s what Apple did for that entire part of the UI.
      This happens all the time in the world of jailbreaking, and the fact that users are so trained by Apple–who contrary to popular belief does not make any noticeable amount of money the App Store: they are a hardware company, and that’s their income stream–to be anathema to upgrade pricing, causes a serious problem.
      (If you are wondering why Apple doesn’t allow something of fundamental importance to the longevity and business models of the developers that target their platform: it is because anything that in any way makes a user second-guess a hardware update destroys their actual income stream of high-margin hardware devices.)
      Honestly, and this is as someone who does it to himself (…), I have absolutely no clue why developers in this ecosystem (yes, even including myself ;P) put up with it as much as they do; it is downright painful to watch many of the key developers slave away maintaining a bunch of products, and be paid absolutely nothing for the trouble.
      Frowny. :(“

      • ap3604

        Also more insight from Saurik:

        “Look, this premise is wrong: they didn’t get “screwed”… you can’t expect to pay once for something and receive updates for life. This is even true in the App Store, only rather than charge an update, the product rots and disappears from the catalog, and is replaced by a new one without any upgrade pricing. In many cases, the company simply goes out of business. (OMG, what I wouldn’t give to have been able to pay the chain3 guy for an update to iOS 3… I really really miss that program. Imagine what upgrade pricing could have done for Sparrow?)
        Further, the users in your example (who paid twice for upgrades and got “screwed” twice for upgrades) certainly didn’t get “screwed” by the second upgrade: they knew what was coming. At this point it is just a set of people who like to complain about things deciding that apparently they are ok with this situation enough to pay for it, but are going to insist on complaining about it and acting like they keep getting screwed: maybe they should have bought TetherMe. (Hell: I both refuse to install Intelliborn products on my own devices and actually pay AT&T for their tethering plan.)
        The reality here is that your expectations just don’t make any sense: developers are not your slaves, and it is not their job to keep all of this software working with every new version of iOS because one day, a few years ago, you gave them some money. This is not a “legitimate greivence”, especially not “even for customers who knew about Intelliborn’s business practices before”. You can argue that some people may be sufficiently short-sighted that they don’t realize this seemingly-obvious fact, but it is way overly dramatic to call this state “screwed”.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jude-Palermo/100002164977772 Jude Palermo

      Well said

  • jorith

    I had a few emails exchanged with Paul Grant about the price, and from what i gather he felt sincerely sorry asking for another payment from existing customers. For me i have opted not to buy it for the moment. Compared to the original it just is not worth it for me. But i can understand him asking for another payment. For everyone complaining about it, i can just say this, decide if you need it so much that it justifies the price, if not, just do not buy it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nguyen.h.ngo Leo Ngo

    AssistantExtensions and everything is perfect :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zeljko-Nikolic/1646404156 Zeljko Nikolic

    4.99??and the upgrade costs???hm…i will save my money for my kids…it iS a nice tweak but i dont really need it…i have folders and everything fits on one screen.Nice for kids who like to customize with winterboard but sooner or later you will disable all the things because of your battery…except useful tools.I am wondering where the App “Quickscroll” is.Quickly Scroll down in safari was very useful or is there a browser outside who can do this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zeljko-Nikolic/1646404156 Zeljko Nikolic

    maybe its ok…from the ground ….and if you look how many are already searching on different repos…4.99 is ok…but …..ios7 should be included in that price if it is jailbreakable….

  • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

    Yess Yess it more customisation bitches… :P Cydia here I come.

  • Joonyaboy

    I like the original. But I will stay with iBlank for now. Thanks to the developer regardless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Khoa-T-Ngo/100001246094338 Khoa T Ngo

    Does the new Gridlock rely on iconsupport? I don’t want to conflict with the default thing.

    • Jonathan

      IconSupport is holding me back

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Khoa-T-Ngo/100001246094338 Khoa T Ngo

        It does rely on IconSupport? Well… I won’t buy.

  • http://twitter.com/scottb82 Scott Brown

    Love Gridlock but don’t love how it resets my currently icon layout and removes the folders etc I already have. Please allow me to have Gridlock and have my current layout.

  • http://twitter.com/minatharwat1 Mina Tharwat

    Nice twaek but doesn’t worth more than 2$

    • Damian W

      Agreed. Better tweaks are available for 1 or 2 bucks.

  • http://twitter.com/shinuyuki Ashton Sloane

    Bigboss isn’t updated. 1.2.6-1..im on 6.1.2 and it says this isnt supported by my ios version. :(

  • Carlos Briones

    $1.99 is a fair price. Whether or not it was hard to update, it only gives you the ability to move your icons.

  • Ernie Marin

    I can’t believe people are getting worked up about the price, try making the same app and tell me you won’t ask something for it, maybe 4.99 is a bit, and I mean a bit and not an arm like some are making out to be, but still it is a useful tweak, and please stop comparing it to Inteliscreen or lockinfo, which are the same by the way, this is a totally different tweak for something totally different, and besides most of you who complained will probably wait until is pirated to download it any way.

  • http://twitter.com/roktheworld27 Kyle

    I think the price is fair enough. At least chpwn isn’t known to write software that turns your iPhone into an Android phone performance wise, while siphoning ridiculous amounts of money out of you.

    (Obvious Intelliborn shot is obvious)

  • m_agee2790

    About Time! Haha great job Devs.

  • http://twitter.com/MOHAMMEDZAWSOME mohamed ali mohamed

    Finally:)

  • Kyle Willis

    Pay for an upgrade hmmm no thanks especially has i found the first installment of gridlock a right pain in the ass constantly having to re arrange the icons back to where you put em after every respring ! i’d want to see if this issue was resolved b4 parting with another couple of quid,so i’m getting the pirates hat out b4 commiting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafenunes Rafael Nunes

    I like this Tweak but I think that $ 4.99 for that is too much for it’s functionality and beneficts, just like Zephyr as my home button is doing ok. I think it would sell much more if it was cheaper. I think that just like me, there will be others waiting for a cracked version.

  • Dan

    Screw that. I paid for the first tweak, not paying for an update. Great tweaks like springtomize don’t charge for updates and do a lot more than simply moving icons. I’ll be getting the pirate edition this time around.

    • Kurt

      It seems like a crappy tweak. Just to move icons? You need to keep buying it? No thank you. I’m glad I never liked this tweak to begin with. I hope others won’t buy it. Devs need to stop re charging their patrons. Get it together like Springtomize and add features and watch as more and more people purchase your tweak

      • Dan

        it does have it’s uses imo, if you place a widget for example, you pretty much have no other choice

      • Kurt

        I never used widgets in iOS. Only through DreamBoard. Any you can recommend to me? Maybe I’ll have to check this tweak out :-o

      • Dan

        I liked the weather widget that comes with lockinfo. There’s also htc weather animated, you need perpagehtml for that one. Don’t have an iphone anymore, maybe there are others :)

      • Kurt

        I’m stuck with a 3.5 inch phone. Hopefully I’ll be like you and have a real phone this summer. 5.5 you must being loving it. Thanks for the recommendations.

  • http://twitter.com/THFL5 Thomas Flores

    You know when a developer comes up with a new tweak I actually don’t mind paying for it the first due to the fact he/she deserves to get paid for what they do, but charging for an upgrade I disagree. I think. AGAIN I THINK, that if upgrading a tweak is gonna cost us more every time then apple will see this just like they did when they realize from iphone to iphone 3G that the phone needed an App Store, that they to will start implementing upgrade charges to apps in the App Store since it seems like a handful of functions the iphone can do now came from the jailbreak community. I can’t be the only one that thinks apple is paying attention to this to see how we’ll this works

  • NeilLeFevre

    Anyone else havein issues with gridlock 2.0 and infiniboard. I can arrange the icons how I like just on the springboard, but then I scroll down with infiniboard and down further I can’t move my icons at all… And also can’t swipe over to where my widgets are… Kinda irritating but lookin for help if anyone knows anything. Maybe it just needs an update

  • captainb8

    seems to be incompatible with MountainCenter

  • Tikimaker

    I have been checking cydia on a regular basis for this update and agree that 1.99 or 2.99 would be much easier to accept for the ability to rearrange icons. I guess I will just have to suck it up and pay the 4.99.

  • You Suck

    Paul, unfortunately I did not pay for the upgrade and downloaded Gridlock 2.0 for free via a repo. SUCK MY D***

  • http://twitter.com/dpbiscuit D1M

    $4.99 for THIS tweak… haha yeah ok mate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558812483 Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

    is this compatible with barrel?

  • FrankensteinBlack

    As a purchaser of the previous version I get it which is why I am not complaining. The key to software is to think of it as “hardware” and more specifically cars. I own the old model and I get a discount off the new similar to a trade-in, but on the surface and as a “car” buyer the new model appears to be exactly the same? Granted the builder said it has been redone from the ground up with stronger materials etc. but the appearance, form and function to the buyer seems to be exactly the same as the last model.

    So, how about also adding some “buyer tangible value’? Tell us how it uses x-amount less resources and is more efficient. Add some new options like sun roof, turbo, convertible, all wheel drive, in the form of save/restore layouts, multi icon mover, etc. Don’t just tell me “it took more work”, as a previous purchaser SHOW ME the difference and I will SHOW YOU THE MONEY!!

  • MyCracker

    Cracked full version by BYA and xSellize.

  • bob swag

    i tried moving my itunes app accidentally let go of it and i disappeared