Peekly – an awesome new Lock screen theme featuring weather, calendar, and more

By , Mar 11, 2013

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Peekly is an awesome new Lock screen theme for WinterBoard. Not only does it look wonderful, but the theme features built in functionality for current weather, forecasts, calendar, RSS feeds, and more.

Like many Lock screen WinterBoard themes, Peekly can be configured using a simple javascript file, which can be edited by means of the text editor bundled with iFile. If you’re looking for a relatively lightweight Lock screen theme that looks absurdly good, then look no further than Peekly. Take a look inside for our full hands-on video review and setup guide.

The first thing you’ll notice about Peekly is how gorgeous it looks. It features a redesigned Lock screen clock, along with a redesigned slide to unlock interface. This is all capped off by a beautiful 8-bit Lock screen wallpaper that compliments the font selections for the clock and date.

But the primary Lock screen page is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Peekly. If you swipe once to the left, you’ll reveal a weather page that displays the current weather for a specific location. Along with the location name, the current temparture, the day’s highs and lows, the current status, and a visual representation of that status — think clouds, sun, etc. — is nestled right on the screen. Again, this is all complimented by a pretty looking 8-bit wallpaper.

But Peekly does more than that, as its name hints to. If you swipe on the weather page once more to the left, you’ll reveal an extended forecast. The extended forecast doesn’t reside on its own dedicated page, meaning that you can’t actually swipe to a standalone extended forecast. What you can do, is “peek” at the forecast by means of a swipe and hold gesture. Watch the video walkthrough above to get a gist as to what I mean.

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The weather location can be configured to your liking

The same “peek” action can be performed on the main Lock screen page which houses the Lock screen clock and slide to unlock functions. On an unmodified setup, peeking from the main Lock screen page reveals a simple calendar. This “left peek” page can be customized to house other items like a Twitter feed, RSS feed, Gmail calendar, and more.

While these are nice options, you have to remember that Peekly isn’t like LockInfo, meaning that you can’t interact with the theme at all. Peekly is strictly intended for viewing information, not for interaction. With that in mind, I found the Twitter options and RSS options to be nice, but not exactly functional. Hence, I generally recommend sticking with the stock calendar option.

As you might imagine, lots of configuration can be done with Peekly, but it’s a totally manual affair. You can use iFile to open up the theme’s folder, and alter the settings.js text file to configure things. You can alter the weather location, change the temperature from Celsius to Fahrenheit, replace the clock with a digital clock, add a Twitter feed, RSS feed, Gmail calendar, etc. You can use iFile to easily alter any of these settings.

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This is how Peekly is customized

I do recommend that if you’re going to use Peekly, that you install a few additional jailbreak tweaks that make the experience better. For starters, there’s Clock Hide, which hides the stock iOS Lock screen Clock. Then there’s Dim Delay, which let’s you change the amount of time it takes before the Lock screen dims.

If there’s one major gripe with Peekly, it’s the fact that the learning curve might be a bit much for beginners. For starters, the theme isn’t yet available on Cydia. You have to install it directly from the developers, Studio Graphic’s, website. This means that the theme must be downloaded, moved to the var/stash/Themes/ directory, and enabled via WinterBoard. You’ll also have to configure the theme manually by means of the settings.js text file included within the theme’s main folder. Of course this is simple to us experienced jailbreakers, but newer ones may struggle a bit.

Overall, I found Peekly to be a beautiful jailbreak theme. It’s fast, efficient, and it serves a real purpose. If you’re someone who likes the idea of altering the Lock screen, but you don’t want to go all out with something like LockInfo, or IntelliScreen X, then Peekly is worthy of your consideration. Again, if you want to try Peekly, head over to the developer’s website, and download it for free today. Don’t forget to let me know what you think about it in the comments below.

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  • http://twitter.com/brandonweidema Brandon

    i hate winterboard, but this looks amazing so ill give it a shot.

    • sambuzzlight

      wb makes my device lag :’(

      • http://twitter.com/brandonweidema Brandon

        same, hence why i hate it ;p

    • Ray V

      I was hesitant to use it but it works very smoothly on iPhone 5

  • http://twitter.com/monster_hazardo Roger Riekki

    This looks absolutely amazing.

  • http://twitter.com/VuilzakFrak Bram

    Oh god.. Dilemma.. Will I install Winterboard on my poor i4?

  • http://twitter.com/mrabet30 amine el mrabet

    i dont like it the LS draggy is better

  • iPhone 5

    updated my iphone 5 6.1 over the air can i still jailbreak?

    • https://twitter.com/#!/alexjdz Alex Diaz

      Yes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/siggen Sigurd Bøe

      They didnt test everything with OTA updates, so if you ruin your phone you might need to restore then re-jailbreak

    • demonoidmaster

      Omfg you fucking moron

  • TesticularFortitude

    I like it. Jeff, have you tried LS Vignetti?

  • http://www.facebook.com/siggen Sigurd Bøe

    Pretty but no practical match for Lockinfo5

    • http://twitter.com/EaglesPride_ Aleandro green

      thats the fisrt thing i was thinking but i guess figured that out for me

    • http://twitter.com/tomdotcom_uk Tom

      Agreed. If it showed upcoming calendar events on the home screen it would be better. I like to see what is in my diary.

  • Irfan Tarique

    Jailbreaking at its best !!! I love the new lock screen :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1676593427 Morgaan Babcock

    How exactly do I install/use the theme after downloading it and opening it in iFile?…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1676593427 Morgaan Babcock

      Oops, got it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=829245704 Matthew Cleveland

    Jeff, do you have a screenshot of what it looks like when you get a text message, email, etc.

    • http://twitter.com/Georg_Schmo Georg_Schmo

      completely normal (:

  • Junior

    Doesn’t work on iPhone 4! At least, on MY, doesn’t work.

    • http://twitter.com/Georg_Schmo Georg_Schmo

      works fine on mine

      • Junior

        What you make to work?

  • Evad3_Me

    ANYONE KNOW HOW HE RECORDS HIS SCREEN THE WAY HE DOES? Thanks very much!

    • http://www.facebook.com/rsaint67 Roque Santos

      Probably DisplayRecorder from Cydia

  • http://twitter.com/Georg_Schmo Georg_Schmo

    Love it ;D
    Installed it with iFile and changed the Backgrounds too (:

    • yvm_22

      Could you explain how to change the background pictures please/
      Thanks.

      • md

        In order to change the background, you just need to go to “ifile>var>stash>themes.>peekly>images” delete the “bj.jpg” or “bg2.jpg” and copy your own pictures to there with names of “bj.jpg” or “bg2.jpg” and then respring your device ;-)
        I imported my pictures by air Bluetooth, hope you can do by ifunbox or other softwares.
        note that before deleting original wallpapers, make a copy of them, then start the action.

  • TheJoshuaBaldwin

    If possible would anyone mind sharing this? The Developer’s site is offline right now so no-one can download it! :(

    • Guest

      Ikr? Massive fail, yesterday it was the server … Now the fucking zipped theme isnt even in his dropbox. Dev that made this is a moron, why not post it up at a repo like BB or mmi? Or w/e ffs

  • http://www.facebook.com/mau5haxor Yamir Andres Ortiz

    Good thing I got this just in time. Now the sites server reached maximum bandwidth. Oops.

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

    Does this theme affects Lockscreen notifications? this is an issue i have with previous lockscreen themes from winterboard. I get a pretty nice theme but it gets on top of my notifications, i only hear the sound but cant see the notifications (missed calls, messages, reminders, etc) could please someone answer that for me?

    • Nabil A Swileh

      Messed up.

  • A fan from Vietnam

    I couldn’t find it in Cydia! What’s the source must I have install?

  • Oakenshield

    Doesn’t work with European/German weathercode…

    • http://www.facebook.com/stonieX Stonie Excited

      It does. I have just changes the Location to Mettmann and it Works great.

    • Dixon

      It does work with German weather code !!!! I’m in hamburg and it works with my code !!

  • Greg

    can someone convert time to 24h format?

    • Kai from Japan

      Just look in “settings.js” file…

  • http://www.facebook.com/heyman.yen Heyman Yen

    Thanks

  • Scott

    won’t swipe left or right…any suggestions???

  • eXor

    Is it possible to extract the “Slide To Unlock” slider. Or more specific, extract all but the slide left and right and clock. Because i just want the slider and the accept and deny calls.

  • http://twitter.com/yuusou Mario Gonzalez

    This tweak was very promising until I realized that I needed to buy a $4 app just to change the settings. I hope they update this soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.bo.790 Chris Bö

    Am I stupid !? Don’t find how to change the background in the background.html …

  • Linus Lindholm

    I cant get my weather to work, i copy my location in settings.js on the right spot but when im respring its just a question mark. Somebody who can help me?