PadClock Before After

I can’t be the only one that despises the date picker found within the Clock app’s alarm settings. I find that it requires too much thought to set an alarm, especially in the wee hours of the morning when you can just barely open your eyes.

PadClock is a new jailbreak tweak that fixes the cumbersome setup found inside the stock alarm clock. It does so by replacing the original date picker with an easy to use number pad.

After installation, you’ll notice a new number pad in the “add alarm” section of the iPhone’s stock Clock app. Along with the new number pad, you’ll see a button dedicated to switching between AM and PM.

The great thing about PadClock is that you can simply type in when you want the alarm to sound; there’s no longer a need to scroll through a list of times in order set the alarm.

In the first beta version of PadClock that I was testing, the tweak featured support for 24 hour time. That meant that I could type in 14:00, and the alarm would set for 2:00 PM. Unfortunately, on this latest beta edition of PadClock, you no longer have the ability to use 24 hour time, as the developer has adopted AM and PM buttons instead. While I’m not against the AM and PM buttons, it would be nice to be able to use both methods for inputing times.

Despite that minor gripe, PadClock is a tweak that will undoubtedly find a happy home on many iPhones. I know that I’ve always found it annoying to use the scroll feature to set my alarm, and I’m sure I’m not alone in my sentiments.

PadLock is available right now on the BigBoss repo. Download it, and let me know what you think about it below.

  • landryb06

    Jeff, PadLock is now on the BigBoss repo, and the last version (0.0.1-241) supports military time.

  • blu

    I just use Siri to set my alarms.

    • Lordthree

      Exactly. Nothing is easier than “Siri, give me an alarm for tomorrow at 6”

      • Fraz

        Sure. Easy for people having english as their native language. For people like me, it would probably get it wrong.

      • Bob

        I’m English & I have a clean English accent, Siri still doesn’t understand me sometimes. I think it was designed for American voices, it probs works best for the Americans.

      • Obi

        googiri

    • sjtod

      That’s what I was going to say!

    • Kurt

      Siri is the best for alarms, and timers.

    • bw00ds

      Siri is great. But when I’m setting my alarm with my wife already in bed asleep, I don’t want to be talking to set my alarm.

  • mav3rick

    Same here! Another big frustration from crApple knowing better what users need. So dumb every time scrolling to set the alarm!
    If this tweak will also add the remaining time for the alarm, Dev. will have my total support.

    • John Sklikas

      Remaining time until the alarm can be seen by downloading CountdownCenter and setting in the settings of the tweak countdown to my alarm to on. (It’s a NC widget)

      • mav3rick

        Thanks a lot!

      • mav3rick

        CountdownCenter is nice, too.
        But I am looking for something to show the remaining time of the alarm in Clock app, where the alarm is set; maybe right under the time of the alarm.

      • John Sklikas

        As far as I know no such tweak exists and I am 99% sure for this. Though it’s a great tweak idea and I’m a dev so I will use some of my spare time while not developing my app to look at this (I’m also the dev of CountdownCenter)

      • mav3rick

        If you can make this happen, that will mean a lot. Maybe others will appreciate the tweak, too. Didn’t know you’re the Dev. Will look through all your apps and I will give all my support on your work.

        Always liked how after setting the alarm in Android the remaining time is briefly displayed.

        If I could get my hands on a Mac I should have starting iOS developing with this idea.

      • John Sklikas

        Thanks so much, though CountdownCenter is my only tweak at the moment and my app will be out by next year. And your idea is really good and it has a good potential and yesterday I thought a great way to do this (remember I have some experience with Countdown functions and alarms because of CountdownCenter)

      • John Sklikas

        Hello, throughout the last days I’ve worked on your idea and I finally achieved this. There is still much to be done but now that I reached this point, I am pretty sure that a release on Cydia will come later on (for exampelr one of the issues is that the number doesn’t reload for some reason). Anyways I’m sending you an image for this d[dot]pr/i/g54i

      • mav3rick

        Whoa! This is exactly what I was pictured to make the stock alarm as perfect as possible! Will check it in a flash when on Cydia!
        Hope somehow Jeff or somebody else with a good voice here on iDB will make a word for it. This tweak is helpful at least as PadClock and it completes this wonderfully. And also hope you’ll put a Donate button in Settings 😉
        You’re very fast and great on your work! Congrats!

      • John Sklikas

        Thank you so much 🙂 It’s only a matter of time now as it is working perfectly with up to 4 alarms but after 4 there is a minor bug which I will obviously fix before the release. After this a general bug check and if no bug occurs it will be available in Cydia shortly (the fact with the 4 alarms has to do with how the clock app works so I have to adapt my code to this). Many thanks for this great idea and also for making my tweak the first tweak to be created through the iDB comments section. 🙂

      • mav3rick

        Again congrats if your work will make it successfully on Cydia; and hope it will be mentioned here on iDB, too.
        Was thinking about this tweak for a while.
        Will get it installed and show it to my friends, too. As long I will keep my curent iDevice with 6.1.2. After new so ugly elementary school grade design 7 was revealed, already started to look back for my S3 in the closet…

      • John Sklikas

        I basically like iOS 7, I can see a lot of future into it and now that I am finished I am probably going to sacrifice my jailbreak for iOS 7 on my only and development device my iPhone 5. Anyways I am replying for a different reason I just uploaded my package to ModMyi it should be available within the next 48 hours in Cydia under the name TimeForAlarm, as I solved all of the bugs. And just letting you know I am underage and in my country underage people are not allowed credit cards so no donate button, it will be free, see it as my gift to our community. And thank you very much for your brilliant idea! 🙂

      • mav3rick

        Will look for it!
        Me thank you for picking up on it. Really glad that you liked it, too, and more you already developed it. Was thinking to start working on it on some friend MacBook. But as said, was really hoping for a lot more that blank screens and blindly fluorescent look with childish icons from this 7. Still cannot believe they let random Marketing people to mess with iOS look. If you know the story, Jobs called Google night before first iOS was released just because the second “O” in Google app icon didn’t have the right shade of yellow, as Jobs was thinking. And now this!?! Could not really believe at the WWDC.
        As long will still have my iPhone will let everybody know about your nice apps.
        Thanks again!

      • John Sklikas

        Wow, I didn’t know this story but one is for sure, the time until the WWDC was running short and they needed new icons that will look more or less, how Ive wanted them to look. I am sure that from beta 2 the icons will be cleaner and until the release they will be perfect. But I don’t know what would have happened if Jobs was alive, could it be a delay for the WWDC keynote? We will never know…

      • John Sklikas

        Ok now it is on Cydia on the ModMyi repo, one thing a small bug is present, which is fixed and I’ve already uploaded the update and updates usually come within 24h. (btw read the description you will like it ;)). Also could you do me a favour? Could you tweet to Jeff, Sebastien or Christian because I have a big timezone difference with the US and I’ve never managed to talk with them (probably why they never reviewed CountdownCenter) and ask them to review this tweak? That’s the biggest gift you can make to me, it counts to me more than a donation (which as I said you can’t do anyways)

      • mav3rick

        Wow! Didn’t expect to use my alias in tweak’s description! It’s definitely your work which made possible from a small talk a such nice tweak to be created. Congrats and thanks!
        Sure can try to mention your creation to them. Not sure if they’ll respond as they might not be fans of my postings… And after last podcast where they start bashing pod2g, the guy who made possible this last Jaibreak, here not a fan anymore of their talks. Jeff’s videos and articles are still good and that’s why maybe still hanging around here for a while.

  • sjtod

    Would be nice to be able to configure Snooze duration.

    • landryb06

      Get Alarming. However, the last version, 1.3, has a bug in the timer. Get v1.2, it works great!

  • SweKiwi

    Does this work for other Apps where you have to use the rolling-wheel to insert a time (like other Alarm-apps)?

  • bw00ds

    A most welcome tweak. Spin dials for me represents another piece of Apple eye candy that is so inefficient. I hate spin dials in any app! Time wasters.