Convergence Final 2

Apple has always exercised fine-tuned control over iOS by making it a relatively closed platform, at least compared to Android. That is one of the main reasons why jailbreaking exists in the first place, with a major draw being the ability to customize an iPhone or iPad far beyond what is traditionally allowed. Convergance is an upcoming project for iOS 7 that aims to do just that, taking the Lock screen in a bold new direction with a crisp design, quick toggles and more… 

Convergance is a Substrate-based extension for the iPhone, meaning that it is highly integrated with iOS and does not require additional tweaks like WinterBoard or DreamBoard to function. The jailbreak tweak, a product of iOS developer Matt Clarke, both simplifies the look and brings useful features to the Lock screen. It has a beautiful design by default, and will also support third-party themes when released. As of writing, the tweak is about 75 percent completed.

Clarke explains the reason Convergance is designed the way it is:

Every detail has been considered, from the ease of use of the widget feed to the smallest of animations. The lock slider elegantly melts away the interface to reveal your applications running underneath. The blurred background helps to make the information most important to you much more visible, and when you change the wallpaper, the whole feel of the interface changes with it.

The complexity of Convergance is what makes it truly great. There are four toggles added to the Lock screen, each serving a different purpose. The bottom-left semicircle swipes to the right and reveals a clean-looking quick toggles menu for popular items like Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Location Services, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, Settings and Cellular Data. There is also a slider for adjusting the screen brightness. The toggles serve an important function, as Control Center is inaccessible when Convergance is enabled because of what Clarke describes as both aesthetic and technical reasons.

Convergance Final 1

The semicircle tab at the top of the Lock screen can be dragged down to reveal a list of widgets. In the alpha version of Convergance that I am testing, there are only three widgets for an RSS feed, events and weather. I wasn’t able to get the weather widget working, as you can see in the screenshots, but this is only a pre-release version of the extension. Clarke says he still has about three weeks of work left, which includes completely redoing some of those widgets.

The last toggle is the most noticeable one, a white circle in the bottom center of the Lock screen. When you drag up on this tab, the Lock screen slowly pans out to the passcode view or goes directly to the Home screen if you don’t have one set. It took me a few minutes to get used to unlocking my iPhone with a vertical swipe, versus the traditional “slide to unlock” with its horizontal orientation.

Convergance also makes some aesthetic changes to the Lock screen, moving the clock higher up and eliminating the status bar entirely. This means you won’t be able to view your signal strength, carrier logo, orientation lock, location services and so forth until you unlock your device, although the charging indicator still shows by default.

Convergance Settings

Battery percentage can be toggled on through the tweak’s options in the Settings app. Other configurable options are available for controlling the background blur, using an HTML wallpaper, enabling additional toggles and widgets, setting the size of album artwork, enabling thin fonts and changing the theme.

It is clear that Convergance will only be as powerful as the community around it. Designers will be able to release themes specifically for the extension, and developers are provided resources to write additional widgets based on Objective-C or HTML for the Lock screen. It will require a collaborative effort from everyone to make Convergance a true success, although it is already looking very good in its formative days.

From now until release, the focus will be on bug fixes. Known bugs, some of which I personally experienced, include notifications from third-party apps displaying incorrectly, unusable music controls, a black screen after rebooting and the lack of a keyboard for alphanumerical passcodes. After the initial release, support for other Lock screen extensions like AndroidLock XT and LockInfo is planned. iPad compatibility will follow.

Overall, I was impressed with the functionality and performance of Convergance. The tweak worked well in unison with Cydget and NoteCreator, and not once has it put my iPhone into Safe Mode. Convergance is slated for a February release for iPhones and iPods running both iOS 6 and iOS 7, and those that can’t wait can pre-order here by providing your Cydia ID number and UDID alongside a donation of $2 or more.

Are you excited for Convergance?

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    I love Convergance but afaik it still has issues with Touch ID so until these issues are resolved I can’t recommend it to any 5s owners that use Touch ID…

    • jack

      so you don’t have it and is basing your opinion on hearsay…

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Not right now no due to the aforementioned issues but yes I paid for the beta and yes I’m well aware that it is still in beta hence why in its current form I would not recommend it to any 5s users that use Touch ID. Sorry if I did not make this information clear in my initial comment…

      • jack

        my bad I thought you said TouchID has issues…

    • J. Rockwell

      Um the Alpha hasn’t even been released yet. Why don’t we wait for the developer to (AT THE LEAST) release the finished product to the public before we talk about glitches. 🙂

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Because I feel it’s important for people to know there are issues before spending $2 on what they might think is a bug free beta akin to the like of Rpetrichs betas (not that they’re bug-free but usually don’t have too many issues)…

      • FuzeDesign

        Lol, you really paid for a beta?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Correctamundoh

  • LAGISSUEZ

    Link for the wallpaper?

    • Here you go.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        YOU DA MAN!

      • omrishtam

        TY!

      • Terry Cooke

        Dude that is now my background, Thanks 🙂

      • ikn0witall

        YOU DA MAN! I wanted this wallpaper since you’ve been posting it!!!!

      • LAGISSUEZ

        Thanks Joe! 🙂

  • Rondog

    I’m a little skeptical about lockscreen tweaks, I have yet to find ONE that works for me. I’ve tried weather widgets, lockhtml3, cydget, etc.,NONE have worked for me. I’m tired of spending money on things that just don’t work.

    • Quinten Janssen

      it’s an amazing tweak, but try it first on a pirate repo and if you like it then buy i

      • I put effort into these articles, please don’t come here and discuss piracy because iDownloadBlog doesn’t condone that and it’s insulting to both me and the developer of this awesome tweak.

      • Quinten Janssen

        I understand. But I wasn’t trying to encourage pirating, just giving some tips on how he could test it. I’ll keep that in mind next time. I’ll delete my comment and replace it

      • No worries 🙂

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        By the way your tips are useless. UDID registration is needed in order for Convergance to work so without some sort of hack / patch pirate repos just won’t work (which is good because you should pay for all of the hard work developers put into their tweaks plus two dollars really isn’t a lot of money).

      • Dani Hayes

        I do not think it’s not insulting to “try and buy” as long as you buy it if you use it. If not you delete it. At least that is my mentality. Seeing a video or reading about a program is not enough for some people like me. I like to test it out and if I like it I buy it. If not I simply delete it.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Completely agree. You wouldn’t buy a car without first test driving it would you? I personally have no problem with trying-before-buying but pirating for the sake of pirating hurts the jailbreak community…

      • sjimmiep

        Show me a two dollar car. I won’t need to test drive it. I’ll take it. Fifty thousand dollar car? Ya, I’ll take it for a drive.

      • Cool

        Car= at least 10 000 $
        tweak = 2 $
        You can’t compare both.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I can and I have. Whether or not in your mind it’s a realistic comparison is another thing though…

      • Cool

        The price is so different. You need to test out a car because it’s much more expensive and you don’t know if you like it even if you see screenshots.
        Also, pirating an app is illegal. Respect the developers and pay tat two bucks!

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Stealing a car is also illegal and you can’t always tell if a tweak is good from screenshots. Heck you can’t always tell if a tweak will work with your particular device just by reading the description. What I will say though is that I do try as much as possible to not get tweaks from other repos to test and rely on sites like iDB to provide good reviews and video walkthroughs. Sometimes this still isn’t enough though and I will result to getting a tweak from alternate sources for trial / testing purposes only. If you don’t like that then that’s your derogatory.

      • sjimmiep

        When you say derogatory do you mean prerogative? It would make more sense that way.
        And are you admitting to stealing apps for the purpose of testing? Two dollar apps?

      • sjimmiep

        Are you joking? Why not “buy and try”? Is two dollars too much money for you?
        Obviously you use pirate repositories to “try and buy”. That makes you a pirate.

        Buck up cheapskate.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        My Cydia purchase history suggests otherwise.

        Moral of the story: Don’t assume someone pirates Cydia packages just because they like to try them out first.

      • Khis Ariasaif

        How is that app Back Ground Manager?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        By far one of the best tweaks I have ever purchased. It essentially can run all or selected applications in the background which is useful for a number of reasons. For example you can run YouTube in the background and you will continue to hear the video play while you do other things (for example check an email or text)…

      • Khis Ariasaif

        Thanks mAn! I’m glad you posted all your tweaks you have. I’ve been looking for something like this since old school backgrounder.

      • sjimmiep

        I’m sorry. Was I talking to you?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Am I not entitled to engage in freedom of speech anymore?

      • sjimmiep

        Well,
        Perhaps you should read the start of a thread before plugging yourself into it.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Are you saying I’m not entitled to exercise freedom of speech?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Are you saying I’m not entitled to exercise freedom of speech?

      • sjimmiep

        LOL
        Did you buy Zephyr 3 times or did you just paste those pages 3 times for dramatic effect?
        Good on you!

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Disqus screwed up 🙁

      • sjimmiep

        Explain to me how you can “try” any of these installable purchases (of which you are obviously very proud of) before buying it.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        In this order:

        1. Trial (mywi, my3g, etc)
        2. Lite version of tweak
        3. Other

      • sjimmiep

        Post a screeny of your repos

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Here you go:

      • sjimmiep

        Once again I will ask you to read the start of the thread before commenting. Thanks.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        You replied to me so I’m just going to assume your trolling and do the decent thing and ignore you…

      • Cool

        You posted the same screen shot multiple times.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        You mean the Disqus commenting system posted the same one multiple times. I only intended for it to be published once but computers have a mind of their own…

      • Dani Hayes

        Yes I’m a “cheapskate” because I believe in try and buy. Like I said I delete what I do not use and buy what I use. I like to spend my money on what I use not something that sits around not being used. Learn the difference.

    • Al

      You should try out GroovyLock

      It’s free!

      • Blip dude

        How is the groovylock Lockscreen Weather Widget. I’ll admit, Forecast and Weathericon and 1 or 2 other tweaks that I am waiting on are what is keeping on 6.1.2 but if Forecast and Weathericon aren’t really going to be updated (Developer says it’ll take a few months), then I MAY consider it.

        I still don’t feel like I am missing out on iOS 7, I got the iPad Air for that poison. But tweaks like this do give me second thoughts about iOS 7 on the phone.

    • Quinten Janssen

      I tried it and it’s really worth the $2,-!

  • Everythingapplespro

    Use my flat theme in his beta repo !

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    kind of like intelliscreen x

  • omrishtam

    first pic wallpaper someone? 🙁

  • Micaiah Martin

    Finally! I was wondering if I had to send another tip.

    • Please follow me on Twitter at @rsgnl to make tweak and theme recommendations for coverage. That goes for anyone. I’m all for promoting stuff that the community wants to see!

  • Guest

    I made a theme called LIMINAL – iOS 7 and released it on Cydia (Modmyi Repo).Its very flat and simple theme.If you love it please can you review it?

    Im posting a picture of my theme.

  • Rifat Mohammed

    I made a theme called LIMINAL – iOS 7 and released it on Cydia (Modmyi Repo).Its very flat and simple theme.Please can you review it?

    • Prasoon Singh

      Mind posting a screenshot of it?

      • Rifat Mohammed

        I posted.

      • Prasoon Singh

        I just don’t like how the camera icon is pink :/

    • Prasoon Singh

      Looks nice!

    • It’s best if you follow me on Twitter at @rsgnl to make recommendations like this instead of the comments section. Theme looks decent. Thanks.

    • omrishtam

      damn this thing looks nice!
      nice job!

      • Rifat Mohammed

        Thanks!

    • John

      So you pretty much stole all the icons from the theme “Passtel”.
      Okay…

      • Micaiah Martin

        Yep, total rip off. ifans (dot) com/forums/threads/passtel-is-a-simple-beautiful-pastel-ios-7-winterboard-theme.403964/

      • Rifat Mohammed

        I got the idea from passtel.But it is completely different.I have asked the developer of passtel for permission.He congratulated me after seeing this theme… 😛

      • Rifat Mohammed

        I got the idea from passtel.But it is completely different.I have asked the developer of passtel for permission.He congratulated me after seeing this theme… 😛

      • NeftyCorrea

        if he stole the theme modmyi would of rejected it for copy right .

    • Jonathan

      One of the best I’ve seen! 😀 And I’m the pickiest person of themes. So if you passed my test, you did an outstanding job.

      • Rifat Mohammed

        Thank you for your kind words 🙂

      • Jonathan

        Most certainly. 🙂
        I am creating a theme for iOS 7 as well. Since I’m no expert, I am using your theme to help me. I’m not copying icons, just names. Is that okay?

      • Rifat Mohammed

        I did a lot of hard work creating this theme.Sure,You can create a flat theme like me,But pls dont copy this icons or create something similar to this.

      • Jonathan

        I will not do any of that. I’m just asking to copy the names (icon@2x~iphone and so forth) so this theme actually works. 🙂

      • Rifat Mohammed

        Sure!
        Go ahead and create your theme.Make sure to reply when u have created ur theme. 🙂

      • Jonathan

        Great! =D
        Certainly will 🙂 As we speak I’m working on Stock apps 🙂

      • Jonathan

        I got a beta up. If you’re interested in trying it, email me thefirebirdflame@gmail.com and I’ll send you the beta repo. 🙂

      • Rifat Mohammed

        U could comment the repo here so everyone can try your theme 🙂

      • Jonathan

        Good idea, but there’s still a couple bugs to work out. Perhaps afterwards I will.
        I’ll just ask you now, Passbook isn’t changing. I have the name icon@2x (tried Icon@2x) with the folder name com.apple.Passbook. See anything wrong? Because the icon won’t change. :/

      • Rifat Mohammed

        Well,It has worked for me…Make sure the name is correct.

      • John

        Don’t copy the icons? You stole the whole “Passtel” theme. The cheek.

      • Rifat Mohammed

        What’s your problem little John.Your very jealous…You stupid???

        I told you a million times THAT I DID NOT COPY THIS ICONS!!!

        I have permission from the developer of passtel. He congratulated me for creating this theme.

        Now shut you bloody mouth and get the hell out of this website KID!

      • John

        You have permission? That’s fine.

        Saying things like “pls dont copy this icons or create something similar to this” is ridiculous when you copied the icons yourself. They are exactly the same, just some with different coloured backgrounds.

    • TwinSon

      If the Icons were a little more rounded out like those of Aura or Soft Remix, this would easily be my next Theme. Great Work.

      • Rifat Mohammed

        You could download icon masks for free from cydia.So you can transform any theme to any shapes you want 🙂

    • Y2J

      Looks good, man. I’ll download it tonight!

      • Rifat Mohammed

        Thanks!

  • Brandon Miranda

    Yes. You guys listened to my reccomebdation! That or it was coincidence lol. Its alright though no worries.

  • Phil Randle

    I don’t really get excited over lock screen tweaks anymore, with Touch ID, I barely see the lock screen, control centre improvements are my favourite so far.

  • ikn0witall

    Nice, clean looking tweak. Not for me but i’m sure someone will enjoy it!

  • onebyone_

    This tweak looks nice, good performance, no issues with battery life,but had little trouble with the camera, we can’t get back after launch camera from lockscreen (normally press home button and get back to the springboard or return to lockscreen) info: iPH5 iOS 7.0.4

    Love notifications style!
    good work!

    • Mads Teland

      Just slide to left if you want to exit the camera app from lockscreen 😉

      • onebyone_

        thanks, I thought it needs to press home to return.

  • Mads Teland

    I see this tweak is just a layer over the lockscreen, if you watch quickly when you unlock it with passcode or maybe also without passcode. It bypass the original iOS 7 lockscreen and language is just only english on this tweak 🙂

    • Matchstic

      Yep, that’s a bug 🙂

      Localisation went live with yesterday’s beta, supports 8 other languages now, can’t remember off the top of my head which ones though

  • Andrew Roth

    You put aims twice. “That aims to aims to do just that” 🙂

    • sjimmiep

      That was a test.
      You passed.

    • Thanks. Fixed.

  • Jose Lara

    Is there a way to try some sort of beta for this? Looks great but I gotta try it first. (:

    • IsaacTobalina

      this is like beta since it still has some bugs but he is working hard to release it!

      • Jose Lara

        How can I test it?

      • You can pre-order the beta but you have to pledge $2 or more. Link is at the bottom of the article.

  • Framboogle

    Doesn’t work with Touch ID

  • Diego Gastón Milano

    Very nice article, Joe. I think I am more impressed by the diction of it than the rest. Allow me to say I am not a fan of widgets and if I had to try this tweak I’d definitely want to disable some of its functionality, although I have to admit the tremendous effort the developer put into this piece of artwork makes the whole thing look VERY appealing, especially the look of the toggles.
    Sliding UP to unlock might pose a challenge for several individuals so it’d be a good thing to consider adding a swipe to right to accommodate the whole world’s tradition as that’s what most people are used to.
    Nice job both of you. Keep up the good work.

  • solidsephiroth

    Looks cool. Are the text notifications bitesms friendly?

    • Matchstic

      They are yes, in the past few minutes I’ve also got it working with Couria

  • sdfsdfsdfQWEZXC

    no working with androidlock xt 🙁

    • Matchstic

      It’s on the TODO list

  • Jeep204

    Hey guys, so I jailbroke my iPad, and everything seemed to work fine, but I don’t have any of the default still wallpapers. Anyone know how to fix that?
    Thanks!

  • This is already offered by LockInfo+NCSettings on iOS 6, but good to have options…

  • Ahmad Taqiyuddin

    I’m stuck with the absence of the keyboard for alphanumerical passcode. Can anyone help? I cannot access the phone now….

  • Yunsar

    Wallpaper?

  • Rot Kelfer

    I’m very excited for this one, it looks promising.

  • Dom

    Convergance is still having issues and springboard crashes. I like it but its still too buggy to use.

  • mkOS

    I tried this version (now they released an update, but I haven’t tried it yet).

    It looks amazing!!!! The only problem I found is that it disables Activator Toggles on Status Bar when I am in my homescreen.

    It’s weird, because it is a lockscreen toggle, not a homescreen…but it disables Activator toggles ONLY on Status Bar, and Only when I’m on my homescreen.

  • DimSimHunter ye

    could some one PLEASE tell me a link that i can add to include iDownloadBlog in my feed for this tweak? i cant find it anywhere. I dont want the default CNN feed…