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Unless you’ve been living in an underground bunker in Siberia for the last month or so, you’ve likely heard of Convergance. It’s the newly released jailbreak tweak that acts as a complete Lock screen replacement for iOS.

Along with the redesigned Lock screen interface comes widgets, quick shortcuts, custom themes, and HTML support for even deeper custom Lock screen features. Oh, and did I mention that there’s an API for developers to extend Convergance’s features?

Needless to say, Convergance is one of the most hyped tweaks of 2014. Does it live up to the hype? Have a look inside for the details.

After downloading the 2.9 MB package from Cydia’s ModMyi repo, you can head to the stock Settings app to configure the tweak. The settings are fairly robust, which is to be expected for a tweak with so many advertised features, but it never feels completely overwhelming.

There are three main sections included in Convergance’s preferences: theming, interface, and advanced. As you would expect, the theming section allows you to change the look of the Lock screen, and Convergance comes packed with four themes right out of the box.

Convergance Themes

The four themes are as follows: Charcoal, Conceptual, Default, and Thin. Here’s a brief compassion of each of the themes:

Default vs Thin

Default vs Thin

Charcoal vs Conceptual

Charcoal vs Conceptual

My favorite stock theme is the Default theme, but none of them look totally out of place, except perhaps the Conceptual theme.

Convergance Theming

There’s also a thin fonts toggle, which is enabled by default. Turning this toggle off makes the fonts look much thicker. I definitely prefer to have the thin fonts toggle enabled:

Thin vs Thick fonts

Thin vs thick font

The interface section contains settings for background, widgets, toggles, album art, and battery percentage. It basically pertains to anything that you can interact with, or anything that might affect your interaction.

Convergance Interface

The background panel found in the interface section allows you to establish background blur and use an HTML lock screen. If you’re a LockHTML user (I’m not), you can use features from LockHTML in tandem with Convergance.

Widgets

The big feature to be found in the interface section is the widgets feature. Out of the box, there are three different widgets to choose from: Calendar, RSS, and Weather. Each widget can be reordered or hidden if desired, and each features its own special set of preferences to configure.

Convergance Widgets

While the inclusion of three widgets is nice, I found them to be a bit underwhelming. For starters, there are only three of them included, and the ones that are included feel like sort of an afterthought. I’m also not a very big fan of the design of the widgets. They work independently of the themes, and are not influenced in any way when switching between themes.

Toggles

iPhone Screenshot

The next item in the interface section is Toggles. The toggles are accessible by using a left to right swipe on the Lock screen. The toggles use the Flipswitch framework, so there are plenty to choose from, and they are all well tested and proven.

Album Artwork

My favorite features of Convergance is the album art customization features. Convergance allows you to enable fullscreen album artwork, which looks absolutely marvelous when mixed with the background blur and other interface elements. Come for the widgets, stay for the cool-looking fullscreen album art!

Convergance Album Art

Advanced

Convergance Advanced 01

The advanced section of Convergance contains setting for text translucency and color, notification options for dismissal, custom notification icons based on theme, and miscellaneous settings for the Lock screen dim delay and charging bar. Chances are you’ll find at least one setting in the advanced section that interests you.

Convergance Advanced 02

Using Convergance

Convergance is a collection of many nice features, and it is true, it is basically a Lock screen replacement for the iPhone. This tweak places four screen swipe points on your Lock screen, so that when you swipe from the top of the screen, bottom of the screen, or the left or right from the screen, an action results.

Swiping from the top of the screen allows you to access any widgets that you have configured. Swiping from the bottom of the screen unlocks your device, and/or prompts you for your passcode. This fundamentally changes the way non-Touch ID users unlock their iPhones.

Swiping from the left edge of the Lock screen reveals any toggles that you have configured, and swiping from the Lock screen’s right edge reveals the camera interface.

With all of this said, the basic fundamentals of how we use the Lock screen today have been altered with Convergance. Needless to say, it will take some time to train your mind on how to use these new Lock screen gestures.

Is it practical?

Is Convergance practical for daily usage? That’s going to depend on how you use your device. It is nice to have widgets accessible with a simple swipe gesture, but outside of those widgets, there’s not really anything new that couldn’t be done to some degree without Convergance.

It’s no secret that I’ve never been a big fan of tweaks like this. To me, it just feels like a hodgepodge of different features thrown together. Though, I will say that Convergance is one of the nicest looking examples that I’ve seen thus far.

Main problem

My real beef with this tweak, however, is the lag it adds to the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID sensor unlocking. There is a noticeable 1-1.5 second delay when using Touch ID with Convergance installed. No matter what features it may add, or how convenient it is, this is an absolute deal breaker for me.

If you’re not a Touch ID user, and you feel that you might benefit from the built in RSS, Weather, and Calendar widgets, then perhaps you should give Convergance a try. It’s a nice looking tweak, with some really good looking features, but at the end of the day, it’s not something that I could ever see myself using on a long-term basis.

Conclusion

Design doesn’t just run skin deep. It’s the way something works. It’s the way you interact with something. Sometimes, design must evolve. Sometimes, it needs to take a new direction. This is that new direction. This is Convergance. – Convergance website

Despite the almost laughable marketing rhetoric displayed on Convergance’s website, version 1.0 is truly a good starting point. It definitely doesn’t live up to the drummed-up hype of the statement quoted above, but it works decently enough for an 1.0 release.

If the developer can clean up the issues with Touch ID, and other developers hop on board with the tweak’s impressive extensibility features—there’s an API for both Javascript/HTML and Objective-C—then Convergance will have the necessary legs to warrant a purchase. Of course, no one can predict for sure how well the tweak will be supported by developers in the long run, just see ProWidgets for an example of that.

At $2.50, Convergance is priced reasonably enough to warrant a purchase for anyone who wants a different Lock screen look and feel, and who doesn’t use Touch ID. Until the Touch ID issue is ironed out, I’d definitely suggest that iPhone 5s owners wait. For everyone else, feel free to jump in.

What do you think? Have you purchased Convergance?

  • Anthony Snyder

    That arrow is too wide.

  • swallace17

    Is the implication with the ProWidgets comment towards the end that the developer turn-out for the framework ProWidgets built was not as impressive as was originally hoped upon release? (At the moment anyway?)

  • Martin

    There it is! Been around a month since first betas

  • Ben

    what background is that? Also a very nice tweak

  • Grolubao

    I like it, but not having my calendar events directly on the Lockscreen such as with IntelliscreenX makes it s show stopper

    • gittlopctbi

      “I don’t think that word means what you think it means.”

      If Convergance is a “showstopper,” that means it is something exceptionally good. I think you meant deal breaker, yes?

  • Matchstic

    Cheers Jeff!

    I’d just like to add that I’ll be getting the Touch ID issues fixed in the next update, along with ensuring the default notification centre can be used if no widgets are enabled.

    • Jonathan

      I’m loving every bit of this tweak. Very well worth the $2.50 😀
      Quick question though. With Stride 2 being released, is it compatible with Convergance do you know?

    • 3l Principe

      Im having issues with notifications. Every now and then when i receive any kind of notification, the screen is just blurred and nothing to swipe, no clock, can’t be opened. I have to hold down the power button and cancel it out before i can return to opening my phone. This happens 4-5 times a day, please have a look into it..

  • Tyler

    Pretty cool but I’ll keep my intelliscreenx

  • Andrew Roth

    Lol basically everybody else covered this like a month ago…

    • jalexcarter

      ModMyi covered it today

  • Sachmach29

    I would just like to say, Matt worked VERY hard on just getting Touch ID working. I was an alpha tester, which means I beta tested the betas before they went on the repo, and I heavily helped him test Touch ID. It got to the point where he couldn’t send debs every time, he was sending the dylib’s slightly tweaked very frequently, seeing if they worked. I got debugging dylibs, which came up with these pop-ups that would send messages to Matt whenever I used Touch ID, it was honestly a very annoying testing phase for me and Matt, but we were so excited when it worked. So, please don’t think Matt didn’t work hard on Touch ID, he really did.

    • I’m sure he did. I know he worked hard on it. I wasn’t implying he did not.

      • Sachmach29

        I wasn’t implying that you thought that 🙂 I just wanted others to know how much work when into adding Touch ID, so they don’t think it was quickly and lazily implemented.

      • IG: RuskingGonzalez

        I had problems with Activator, when i try to do status bar gestures in the springboard. 🙁 🙁 🙁 someone has the same problem ?

      • mkOS

        Same for me here, tha’s a deal breaker! Too bad, because this tweak looks amazing.

    • J. Rockwell

      LMAO at this defensive unwarranted response.

      • Sunny

        Unbiased? Lol..

  • Jonathan Ramirez

    Does this work for iPad?

    • Matchstic

      Not yet – I will be building an iPad only version that will feature an interface more tailored for the screen size.

  • gittlopctbi

    From the article, what’s a “brief compassion?”

  • Dan

    Seems nice, but it wouldn’t be practical imo. I want all my information at once (ie: intelliscreen). This tweak seems like it will add more unnecessary steps.

  • XboxOne

    I didn’t hear about this until now.

  • Y4VIN

    Jeff… Jellylock and Forecast are now compatible (with recent updates)! I’m loving the combo!

    • Absolute best combo!

  • Smeltn

    hey Jeff what theme are you using? Also are you using a speed boost tweak or do you just have the animations turned off?

  • Jamie Tilden

    My main beef with it is that it disables status bar gestures from the home screen. I use a swipe left on the status bar to lock because my lock button is broken. With Convergance, I can’t do this from the home screen or even the lock screen because the tweak does not display the status bar on the lock screen. I can only lock my device with this gesture when I’m in app.

    • IG: RuskingGonzalez

      I had this problem too, some help or solution ?

    • Matchstic

      Thanks, I think this should now be resolved – I’ve done some testing before and after today’s changes, and it’s yet to fail on me.

      • Jamie Tilden

        Oh wait, it does work from the home screen. Sweet! But it’d still be awesome to be able to sleep my phone from the lock screen itself with this gesture.

  • Johnny V

    Is This Compatible With AndroidLockXT And Subtle Lock? Also, Is There A Way To Create Ur Own Theme For Convergence (Is There A Tut Somewhere?)?

  • Alex Liko

    You don’t really need lock screen tweak anymore if you have an iPhone 5s with just thumb away to unlock your screen especially with tweak like ‘virtual home’. Older iPhone users could find it useful but not for iPhone 5s.

  • mkOS

    I don’t get why this happens, but when I install this tweak, it disables All my status bar Activator actions ON homescreen. Not ON my lockscreen, but ON my homescreen.

    • Matchstic

      That’s not supposed to happen at all, even more so since I don’t touch the status bar whatsoever. I’ll take a look now

      • mkOS

        Did you upload an update to Cidya?

      • IG: RuskingGonzalez

        when i installed convergance, my status bar was disable with activator in the springboar, but i tried to reinstall activator and now it works.

  • Ryan B.

    Does anyone know if this works with the Priority Hub tweak?

    • Darren

      It essentially has Priority Hub built in, so I’m not sure why you’d need it.

      • Ryan B.

        I like the way priority hub is set up and works. Convergance looks nice, but I don’t want to have to swipe or slide to quickly view or access my notifications. I would rather have them visible up front on my lock screen so I can see that at a glance.

      • Darren

        Fair enough. I just tested it out. It’s not compatible. I think it has to do with the fact that this is essentially a complete replacement to the lock screen, meaning many tweaks won’t work. It looks like HTML lock screens are the only exception. Things like JellyLock and Tap to Unlock don’t work either I don’t think.

      • Ryan B.

        Cool. Thanks for the info!

  • Gustavo Mirabal

    I think im all set with Intelliscreen

  • Gen Pop

    I purchased it some weeks ago when it was still in beta and at first there were some issues with lag on touch id but since the full release i havent had any. i dont know if its because i have noslowanimations turned on but i want to say now that the touch ID is too sensitive. it unlocks very quickly now when all im trying to do is wake the phone up and see the time or double press to turn on the music player. i dont really mind it tho but its worth saying.
    i dont really use the widgets but when i did try to use it i had trouble with the swipe down motion from the top. it just swipe as easily as it did the other 3 directions. but i dont use the widgets anyway so ehh.
    all in all i think its a nice little tweak and i got it for $2. so its not like its a big blow to a wallet.
    im just waiting for IntelliscreenX 7 support.

  • IG: RuskingGonzalez

    i want to add some widgets to convergance, there is another section in cydia to found it ? i really don’t used the stock with thant convergance bring.

  • Eli aka Mr. Haha

    I purchased the pre-order for this tweak but Cydia keeps insisting that I need to purchase it. Anyone else have this issue or am I missing something here?

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  • Imran Ar

    I would buy it if it is compatible with AppBox (Favorite Apps on lock screen)

  • Hollen Juan

    Hello. Is there a way to make seeing the notifications the standard way (instead of the icons which add a step) an option?

  • It’s really kind of delaying when using on iphone 5s. I hope there’s a solution to fix it, as it’s quite nice tweak

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