ShareLock lets you share photos directly from the Lock screen

By Sébastien Page on Apr 18, 2014

There are a few tweaks that are dear to my heart, mainly because I came up with the concept behind them. SkipLock is one of these tweaks, and ShareLock is another one that was just released on Ryan Petrich’s beta repo.

The idea of ShareLock is pretty simple. It lifts the restriction put in place by Apple that prevents you from sharing photos you have taken using the camera grabber on the Lock screen. With ShareLock, you can simply launch the Camera app from the Lock screen grabber, snap a picture, and share it right away… Read More


‘Priority Hub’ brings the Blackberry 10 priority hub feature to iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 10, 2014

Looking for a better way to sort your Lock screen notifications on iOS 7? Then try out Priority Hub, a new Blackberry 10 inspired jailbreak tweak that just landed on Cydia’s BigBoss repo.

Priority Hub allows users to group Lock screen notifications by app, allowing one to easily see notifications pertaining to a single app at a time. It’s a great way to simplify the iOS 7 Lock screen and make it easier to read at a glance.

We’ve taken Priority Hub for a test drive via our hands-on video walkthrough. Check past the jump for the full scoop. Read More


MathPass: use simple math problems to unlock your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 31, 2014

MathPass is an interesting new jailbreak tweak that’s perfect for those who are just beginning to learn multiplication, or for those who just want to stay alert and have a little fun doing it. MathPass asks you to answer simple multiplication problems from the Lock screen, with the product being the Passcode that will unlock your device.

For example, MathPass might ask: ten times one is? Your answer would then be 0010. It’s 0010 and not just 10, because you’re required to enter a four digit passcode in order to unlock your device. That’s pretty much the whole gist of MathPass in a nutshell; check out more detail inside. Read More


How to remove the slide to unlock arrow on the Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

Have you ever wanted to remove the little arrow icon that resides to the left of the text on the Lock screen? Well, you can now do so by means a new jailbreak tweak entitled NoSTUArrow. As you may have already put together, the “STU” stands for slide to unlock.

Admittedly, this is one of the simplest jailbreak tweaks that you’ll find on the Cydia store, but that’s what’s wonderful about jailbreaking; there’s truly something there for everyone. Interested to see how NoSTUArrow works? Have a look at our video walkthrough inside. Read More


How to add a rain effect to the iPhone’s Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

Rain Lock is a jailbreak tweak that lets you add custom “rain” effects to the iPhone’s Lock screen. The rain is really just text, which can be custom text or one of the two built-in text effects.

As you may have already figured out, Rain Lock isn’t the type of tweak that adds enhanced functionality to your iPhone, neither does it help you work smarter—it’s a tweak that’s unapologetically centered on visual flair. And that’s okay, because that’s what Rain Lock does well, and it gets it right for the most part. Mosey on inside for a look into how Rain Lock works via our hands-on video walkthrough… Read More


SlideWeather replaces “slide to unlock” with current weather conditions

By Joe Rossignol on Mar 17, 2014

As someone who lives in Canada, which has been experiencing one of the coldest winters on record, it is safe to say that I have been checking the forecast a little more often than usual. That is part of the reason why I am a big fan of weather-related jailbreak tweaks such as SlideWeather, a new iOS extension that replaces the default “slide to unlock” text on the Lock screen with the current temperature and conditions.

SlideWeather pulls forecast information based on the location of your device, meaning that you must have Location Services enabled for the Weather app for this tweak to work properly. I only learned that by experimentation, as disabling Location Services caused the tweak to display no temperature and warn that a tornado was incoming. Fortunately, that is not the case. Details ahead…  Read More


Spin: add a twist to your Lock screen’s music interface

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 25, 2014

Spin is a just-released jailbreak tweak that adds a new look and feel to the Lock screen music controls and interface. Once you install the tweak, you’ll need to head over to the stock Settings app to enable it and respring.

Whenever you play music and go to the Lock screen, you should notice a new remixed music interface. Check out our video walkthrough inside for a deeper look at Spin. Read More


RocketLauncher: quickly view and launch apps from the Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2014

RocketLauncher is an upcoming jailbreak tweak from @busheman, which allows you to view previews of your running apps, and launch those apps directly from the convenience of the iOS Lock screen. The tweak, which will be available in the near future on Cydia’s ModMyi repo, is accessible by tapping and holding any area of the Lock screen.

Folks, this is one of the more promising upcoming tweaks that I’ve seen in a while. Have a look at our full video walkthrough to see how RocketLauncher performs in action. Read More


How to use the Lock screen passcode screen to dial phone numbers

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 13, 2014

Have you ever wanted to use your Lock screen passcode for more than just unlocking your iPhone? If so, then boy, do I have a jailbreak tweak for you.

PassDial is a brand new tweak that allows you to assign a speed-dial number to a passcode of your choice. For example, I can assign the passcode ’1-2-1-2′ to phone number 1-888-888-8000, and any time I enter that specific passcode, the number assigned will be dialed.

We’ve created a hands-on video to show you how PassDial works in action. Take a look inside to see what this jailbreak tweak is all about. Read More


Forecast brings the Weather app to the Lock screen

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 6, 2014

I awoke this morning to blizzard conditions and cancelled classes, giving me the fitting opportunity to take a look at an exciting recently updated jailbreak tweak called Forecast for iPhone and iPod touch. I recommend you take a look too, as this is definitely one of the better packages available on Cydia.

Forecast replaces Slide to Unlock on the Lock screen with a widget on the bottom left that displays the current temperature and conditions, in addition to anticipated highs and lows for the day. For example, in the screenshot above, the current temperature is 34 ºF with mostly clear skies on a crisp February night. And that’s just the beginning of what this tweak has to offer… Read More


How to set your iOS passcode to your device’s current time

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 3, 2014

TimePasscode is a new jailbreak tweak that lets you use your device’s current time as a passcode to unlock your device. Spurred on by a Reddit request, developer Steve Hetelekides has created a tweak that allows you to have a different passcode with every passing minute.

If you’re looking for a way to spice things up on the Lock screen from a security standpoint, then this might be the tweak for you. Have a look inside as we demonstrate how TimePasscode works on video. Read More


Review: JellyLock7

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 31, 2014

The original JellyLock was an extremely popular jailbreak tweak, because it brought the Android Jelly Bean styled Lock screen to iOS. Now, a new version of JellyLock has just been released, and it sports compatibility with iOS 7.

The appropriately name JellyLock7 is available right now for download. Like its predecessor, it adds some of the conveniences brought to the fore by the popular Android OS. Have a look at our full video walkthrough inside to see the iOS 7 version of JellyLock in action. Read More


AppBox adds an app launcher to your Lock screen

By Joe Rossignol on Jan 29, 2014

I have been testing a lot of Lock screen jailbreak tweaks over the past few weeks, and quite honestly I have walked away disappointed on more than a few occasions. A lot of add-ons that are dependent upon frameworks like Cydget have performed poorly on my iPhone, some sending me into Safe Mode, and this has caused me to be increasingly selective about which packages I choose to install on my device.

Having said that, a new jailbreak tweak called AppBox is one that is quality enough to meet my high standards for recommendation. The extension adds an additional page to the Lock screen, accessible by swiping left, with a grid of icons for quickly launching apps without fully unlocking your device. The tweak has a number of options that can be adjusted, so dive in and let’s take a look…  Read More


Convergance takes your Lock screen in a bold new direction

By Joe Rossignol on Jan 29, 2014

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…  Read More


Blurpaper adds blurred effect to Home and Lock screen wallpapers

By Joe Rossignol on Jan 27, 2014

Translucency is at the heart of iOS 7 design, with blurred elements throughout the mobile platform. Often times it can be hard to find a wallpaper that looks nice with the all-new user interface, and a new jailbreak tweak called Blurpaper helps make that process easier.

The tweak takes your current Home screen and Lock screen wallpapers — here’s some nice ones — and overlays a blurred effect on them automatically, with no respring necessary. If you want, give it a test with the wallpaper I’m using in the screenshots above. The package has a number of options to configure…  Read More


How to simplify the look of the Lock screen on iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 23, 2014

One of the better looking Lock screen tweaks for iOS 6 now has an iOS 7 counterpart. SubtleLock (iOS 7) is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to make subtle changes to the Lock screen in iOS.

The idea behind the tweak is to make the Lock screen appear simpler, less cluttered and easy to read. SubtleLock was one of my favorite lock screen tweaks available for previous iOS firmware, and I’m happy to report that this new tweak works just as well as past iterations. Full video walkthrough inside. Read More


How to remove the numbers and letters from the passcode buttons on the Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 23, 2014

Interested in removing the letters and numbers from the passcode buttons on the Lock screen? If so, then SimplePasscodeButtons is a tweak that was created just for you.

SimplePasscodeButtons is an extremely simple tweak (hence the name) that allows you to hide the letters on the passcode screen, or both the letters and numbers. The end result is a a bunch of circles on the passcode screen with nothing inside them. Have a look inside for our video walkthrough and more details. Read More


How to make “slide to unlock” appear immediately on the iPhone 5s

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 21, 2014

NoDelay64 is a recently released jailbreak tweak for iPhone 5s owners. It’s a tweak that removes the delay from the appearance of the “slide to unlock” on Touch ID enabled devices.

Apple adds a delay to the famous “slide to unlock” text, because it assumes that most iPhone 5s users with Touch ID enabled will be using Touch ID instead. This new tweak gets rid of that delay with a simple Cydia install. Have a look past the jump to see how it works on video. Read More


How to display your upcoming calendar events on the Lock screen

By Sébastien Page on Jan 21, 2014

Notification Center is great for seeing what’s next on your calendar or even for getting a full day view of your calendar, but some users, including me, don’t want to have to pull Notification Center down in order to see what events are scheduled for the day.

Enters Calendar for Lockscreen, a new tweak that will display your upcoming calendar events on the Lock screen, giving you a quick and easy access to your schedule.

After installing Calendar for Lockscreen from Cydia and performing a respring, you will see your upcoming calendar events directly on the Lock screen, right below the clock… Read More


How to dynamically change the Slide to Unlock text

By Joe Rossignol on Jan 20, 2014

We’ve kicked off the week with an influx of new jailbreak tweaks for iOS 7 devices, ranging from Controllers for All and Animer7 to Fancy and Pluck 2. Those four packages are very interesting in themselves, but a smaller extension by the name of DynamicText deserves a quick look too. As you would expect, the tweak allows you to dynamically change text on iOS 7. Take a look ahead for a closer look…  Read More

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