‘Simple Mode’ puts an interesting spin on the Lock screen launcher

By , Oct 8, 2013

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I know what you’re thinking. “But Jeff, we don’t need any more walkthroughs of Lock screen launchers, we’ve already been inundated with them.”

To be honest, I thought the same thing.

We went through a period where it seemed like there was Lock screen launcher, after Lock screen launcher, after Lock screen launcher. And it’s not that any of the releases were bad, the niche just got a little too crowded.

Well, you’ll be happy to know that Simple Mode, although it falls firmly within the genre, adds an original flavor to the typical Lock screen launcher. Simple Mode will actually learn your app usage patterns, and adjust the apps available on your Lock screen automatically.

Instead of having to go into the tweak’s settings and arbitrarily select five apps that you’d like to appear on your Lock screen, you can simply use your device like normal. Eventually, your Lock screen will be populated with app shortcuts that you’ll actually use, because, surprise, you already do.

Simple Mode includes a provision to automatically launch a specified app upon unlocking your device, but I was unable to get that working. I’m going to go ahead and chalk that up to it being a 1.0 release, and hope that developer David M can get it fixed in a future update.

Outside of the tweak’s original functionality, I really appreciated the animations for the Lock screen app shortcuts that appear above the slide to unlock bar. Although the app icon shortcuts are a little on the small side for my taste, the animation that happens when you tap the slide to unlock nub is pretty superb.

Simple Mode is a tweak that you should take a look at if you want something that places an interesting twist on the traditional Lock screen launcher. It’s not perfect, and does feature bugs, but I’m fairly confident that those will be ironed out as time goes on.

You can find Simple Mode on Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $1.99. Share your thoughts on it in the comment section below.

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  • Yaw Boamah Jr

    Jelly-lock is still my fav.

  • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

    iOS 6 without jailbreak -> Zzzzzzz

  • gittlopctbi

    Pretty cool.

  • Cameron Chao

    kinda ugly.

  • anonymous

    I’m on iPhone 4S and cydia tweaks made my iPhone too slow with abt 50MB of free RAM, Anything like that in iPhone 5 & 5s ??

    • Markus Hudobnik

      No. When my 5 was jailbroken it ran fine

    • Kamal Ahmad

      anonymous, if you want to clear up some RAM, search how to disable Launch Daemons, disabling them gives you a faster boot up time, more RAM, and better battery.

  • Markus Hudobnik

    Ugly.

  • iptmdeveloper

    Thanks for the review, and to get Auto-Open to work you must respring your device after turning it on. I am fixing for the next update, which will be out by this weekend. Also in the update will be options to change the size of the icons and the size of the fan pattern the icons are in.

    • neno best

      hi. great tweak but, i have a great inssue. when i have used one app, lock my device and unlock again, simple mode is lost!!! there is not in the lockscreeen. help please! . iphone 4 6.1.2.

  • joseph letera

    i like it looks ns and ns job give it 3 stars