sentry lock screen toggles

Sentry, the designer behind Auxo, has been extremely busy this year. In addition to helping design one of the most popular jailbreak tweaks we’ve seen in a long time, he’s also posted a number of well-received iOS concept videos.

And today, we’re adding another concept clip to the list. It’s entitled ‘iOS Lock Screen Toggles,’ and as you might have guessed, it showcases Sentry’s vision for a Lock screen tweak that offers users quick access to Settings toggles…

In typical Sentry fashion, the video is short and to the point. And while I really like the overall concept—the toggles are easily accessible and don’t take up Lock screen space—I’m not sure I like the design or the size of the actual icons.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Cody, there’s already several jailbreak tweaks available that let you access Settings toggles from the Lock screen.” And you’re right. Off the top of my head there’s SwipeCam, PowerLock and SBSettings.

But there are a lot of tweaks out there that perform similar functions to others—but maybe present the function in a different way. This equates to variety and competition, and is one of my favorite things about the jailbreak community.

At any rate, we’d love to hear your thoughts on this concept. Would you use a tweak like this?

  • I like this concept. It’s simple, and quickly brings the toggles without having to unlock the phone. Now that I’m thinking about it, wouldn’t it be an even better idea to reveal the toggles by swiping the clock to the left. Basically, you swipe the clock to the left and you reveal 4 toggles. Swipe one more time to the left, and you reveal 4 more. Swipe to the right to go back to the clock. Just an idea.

    • xBoomBastiKx

      Incorporate it with forecast as well?

      • Damian W

        it is already incorporated with Forecast :D, there is a trick you can do right now!

        If you buy or already have lockinfo 5, (which automatically includes Forecast), you can download NCsettings or similar widgets and use it on your lockscreen. In Lockinfo 5 there is a view option where you can choose to hide widgets on your lockscreen. When they are hidden, all you have to do is swipe down your finger from Forecast on your lockscreen to discover there are NCsettings toggles. Lockinfo 5 is using the notification center to do this but in a different (smarter) way. It gives you a choice if you want to see widget on lockscreen or on NC while your phone is unlocked or in both. The options are endless.

      • xBoomBastiKx

        yeh, Im an idiot. I have intelliscreen x and been meaning to remove and try out lock info. I can’t believe my article on this concept hasn’t been posted yet. I submitted it last night

      • Damian W

        Just dont install both IntelliX and LockInfo, it will put your phone in respring loop.

    • The only thing he did was he integrated the “Deck” tweak idea in the lock screen. But yes! It’s neat and clean! Nothing more!

    • Sentry

      Thanks! The main point of my approach (which I only made over night so surely there are things that could be fine tuned, like slider placement or icon sizes ;]) was to tackle the idea of lock screen toggles in a way that I hadn’t yet seen before, which was both quantity and accessibility.

      What I mean by that is ‘getting the most bang for your buck’, with your buck in this instance being the amount of inputs. The traditional approach would be something more simple (like you’re suggesting) such as sliding in a certain direction to reveal four icons on a horizontal plane (ala apps).

      The main thing I didn’t like about that (apart from being something aesthetically generic that we’ve seen over and over again) is it would require more inputs, as well as be more out of reach (assuming its place would be on the upper screen as you suggest).

      By being vertical, you can allow for 7 or 8 (3:2 vs 16:9) toggles in one view oppose to being limited to 4, or possibly 5 if you cram them. That leaves more inputs to be made (swiping again, tapping, swiping again, etc) which goes against the simplicity of the lock screen, in my opinion.

      Another benefit of verticality is better access for the thumb, and less reaching. Being able to swipe anywhere in the center view to access them makes it that much quicker, which at the end of the day is the main thing you want out of toggles; quick access.

      Sorry for the rant! Thought I should reply with my full thoughts since you asked for them on twitter. 😀

      • Thanks for the feedback. I can appreciate your arguments because they actually make lots of sense. You are right when you say the way I described it is very generic. But maybe more importantly, you are right when you say that thumb reach could be an issue if toggles were to be placed at the same level as the clock. I just tried it out on my iPhone 5, and as you’d expect, you have to reach hard to get to the clock. Anyways, that was just a quick idea. Now I’ll be waiting for someone to implement your concept 🙂

      • xBoomBastiKx

        It is a nice concept Sentry, and I have no idea how my article hasn’t been published yet, cause I submitted last night. how do you feel about incorporating music controls as well? Could it work somehow?

        I do like the idea of swiping again for more toggles. Essentially, thats like Auxo in multitasking just swipe again for more.

      • That is amazing! wow I love it and i love the thought put into user interface for easy interaction. This is honestly why Auxo is one of the nicest and most professional looking tweaks i have ever used.

      • JustinG

        What if you swiped the clock or lock are or bg pic to the left and the entire column would reveal itself, a tap/hold/slide gesture would be nice. Just like auxo geature but to the left, also make it for lefty’s. (mirror of the title picture and also a simple option to leave the toggles always revealed, or access the toggle via lockscreen gestures.

    • coejam

      Sorry, Off the topic but this is only me seeing idownloadblog logo had changed?

      • Completely off topic indeed 🙂
        No the iDB logo hasn’t changed

    • Ben

      I made a concept about a tweak like this a while back. Anyone interested in helping me make it contact me on twitter @rotten_frogs. Here’s the link

    • Damian W

      Lockinfo 5 already introduced very similar concept. Instead of vertical you have horizontal bar with toggles.

    • EpicFacepalm

      What’s wrong with these concepts is they also give thieves ability to turn off 3G/4G/LTE. This totally breaks Find My iPhone feature, and that’s why Apple isn’t going to implement this in my opinion.

  • I like the design, but I honestly can’t think of a reason why I’d need these lockscreen toggles. If anything, I don’t want random people messing with my toggles while my phone is locked.

    • Zorvage

      So don’t give them your phone?

      • MPD01605

        And when it’s stolen?

      • Zorvage

        When it’s stolen you shouldn’t care about people messing with some toggles.

      • MPD01605

        But I want to use Find my iPhone and find it or wipe it?

      • Zorvage

        Yes, so? You can still do that..

      • MPD01605

        Not if it’s on airplane mode or data is disabled.
        I guess the solution would be to prompt for your passcode if you toggle something.

      • Damian W

        you are making it more complicated than it is. However, you might be right, if there is a passcode on your phone, the thief would not be able to disabled Location services etc.

      • Damian W

        what do toggles have to do with stealing. 😛

      • EpicFacepalm

        When you disable Cellular Data, Find My iPhone won’t work. So the thief. But I think that is not the case, I think any thief can remove the SIM card easily to break Find My iPhone.

      • Damian W

        if i stole someones phone i would throw card away and quickly restore it or shut it down. I would not even worry about toggles.

      • EpicFacepalm

        You can’t restore if you don’t enter the passcode via unauthorized PCs as far as I know. But yes, you can throw the SIM away .

      • Damian W

        I already did many times 😛 it is a fact.

      • EpicFacepalm

        Well, then thanks for the correction.

      • I meant in case of theft. And no, I don’t need these toggles. If I’m to, say, enable wiFi, wouldn’t I have to unlock the phone anyway to take advantage of that?

  • pauleebe

    Cool. But I can accomplish this by using NCSettings and Bulletin (NC on lockscreen).

    • Mustang5Oh

      Agreed but still cool.

  • So when is it out in Cydia?

  • Zorvage

    He’s a genius! FULL INNOVATION!

  • Auxo is the best tweak I have on my iPhone, and this will be a must if it comes to light.

    • Damian W

      I would say Auxo is right after the best 10 tweaks in Cydia.

      • That’s for your needs, for me it is the best, only because I use it the most. There are better tweaks I’m sure, but I base it on what I use the most, Auxo then Zephyr for me.

  • I would like to be able to use Zephyr from the lockscreen and access the toggles from there. Just deactivate the apps when in lockscreen mode.

  • MPD01605

    I’d rather see NCSettings incorporated into the iPhone. I don’t want someone to be able to put my phone in airplane mode from the lockscreen.

    • Damian W

      Good news for you!

      NCsettings is already incorporated in Lockscreen view.

      when you use Lockinfo 5, you can do almost exactly the same thing like in this concept. The only main difference would be that the toggles in Lockinfo 5 would show up underneath the clock, not on the right side.

  • s0me

    apple should hire this guy !!!

  • One questiom. I have intelliscreenX and it reacts by swiping your finger either left to right or right to left. Will this tweak avoid that. Also with the other little tweak that came out a couple of days ago, the one that puts a DND toggle on your clock

  • Bob

    Auxo was brilliant, this is just okay, doesn’t really improve your experience by much.

    • it is totally not needed we have 1000000 switcher tweaks and setting tweak when what we really need is a working version of backgrounder

  • I’m hoping they can use the same NCSettings design instead of the awful original Auxo one. I’m in for this other than that. 🙂 Go for it!

  • LordFanThomas

    That’s awesome! And hey! There was a post about a tweak earlier here, (If I remember well it was called ‘iOS MiniPlayer’) that it will come out soon. So what about it? I would really like to have it.

  • um we dont need this can we please get someone working on a backgrounder tweak fro iOS6 instead please..

  • like that wallpaper, how can i get it?? 🙂

  • @SentryNC:disqus There seems to be a bug where using the 3G toggle, the actual 3g toggle on the settings would not change. Could also be conflict with NCsettings. Pls look into it.

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    I just want Apple to rethink the lock screen get remove the ugly shadows. Redesign it a bit.

  • ExRoot

    Sure I’ll get flamed from the herd and my be a bit off topic but I bought Auxo before the new jailbreak. After the JB was a resorting disaster! I would be driving down the road and my phone would resorting. I hated my phone. I don’t have a lot a crazy tweaks. Approximately 10-12 of the popular ones and all updated for ios6. I made a comment on this board regarding my new found hate for my phone and someone suggested I get rid of Auxo. I did and its been well over a week without a single crash or lock-up or respring. I’ll never install it again.

    • ExRoot

      Let me also say it was constantly booting to safe mode. I’ll never BUY a tweak again.

  • D1M

    I’d like it if Sentry fixed Auxo issues first, (i.e random resprining).. That would be great.

  • i would hide the buttons horizontally behind the clock when not needed and when activated they should appear horizontally under the clock.swipe down the clock to activate like the notification center.It is more comfortable for the thumb

    • isnt it possible do make a row more under and add music folders like playlist apps to add them too?would be very nice.You could quickly access your playlists with your idea wouldnt need to unlock to change your music…just an idea…

  • Karl Kurtz

    Not bad, but honestly I feel like these “hidden functions” are only useful if you use them all the time. I can imagine myself installing this and then a week later forgetting all about it.
    I can’t tell you how many people I know who we’re amazed that you could control the music by double clicking the home button and swiping to the control toggles.
    It’s almost like if its out of sight it will most likely remain out of mind.

  • I’m sorry i can’t understand tweak name ?

  • Kurt

    What scenario would you need this on the lock screen? If you are on the lock screen you aren’t using any programs at the moment. Besides maybe listening to music via bluetooth? :-s

  • um we dont need this can we please get someone working on a backgrounder tweak fro iOS6 instead please..

  • seyss

    kinda too easy to mistoggle

  • Good

  • android does this in ICS – toggles with a swipe from right, swipe from left is notifications

  • ffeg

    this is just a partial version of the Deck tweak applied to the lockscreen

  • JustinG

    I think e shoukd just finish the ipad version of auxo… He said it would be march, well its march!

  • PathKiller29

    This is fun.