LockPlus: an upcoming WYSIWYG Lock screen theme maker

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 26, 2015

One of the most difficult things that jailbreakers can do is put together a decent looking theme. Sure, all in one themes like Ayeris make it easy, but building a fully themed iPhone piece-by-piece is a little more challenging.

And then there’s the fact that there are so many type of themes. There’s SpringBoard themes, Lock screen themes, app-specific themes, etc. There’s really a lot to plan out and think about when it comes to successfully theming a jailbroken iPhone.

Well, a new theming solution is aiming to change this—at least when it comes to theming the Lock screen. LockPlus is a soon-to-be-released theming solution created by @JunesiPhone and based on Cydget. It allows you to create full Lock screen themes using a simple WYSIWYG web editor. Read More

 

How to get Apple Watch-styled Lock screen notifications on your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 7, 2015

WatchNotifications is a brand new jailbreak tweak from developer Thomas Finch, that seeks to better unify the look of notifications on Apple Watch and iPhone. It does this by mimicking the look of Apple Watch notifications on your iPhone’s Lock screen.

Available for $1.00 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, if you prefer the look of the notifications on your Apple Watch, then you’ll most certainly be interested in WatchNotifications. Read More

 

Aeuria LS is a beautiful Lock screen tweak for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

Great standout tweaks seem to be few and far between as of late, but the developer of Aeuria LS obviously has other thoughts about the matter. Aeuria LS is an original and wonderful-looking Lock screen tweak for jailbroken devices, that presents the current time in a unique manner.

Conceptualized by Zach Williams and programmed by Bryce Pauken, Aeuria LS is one of the best looking jailbreak tweaks that I’ve seen in a while. It brings a Lock screen clock interface to the iPhone that features customizations by clock type, time format, clock face font, color, blur, and more.

It’s a simple looking tweak that you’ll find to be incredibly deep, and a technical work of art once you delve into its preferences. Have a look at our video overview of Aeuria LS for more details. Read More

 

Helius 2 adds a fresh coat of paint to the Lock screen music controls

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

Helius 2 is the follow-up to the popular tweak that redesigned iOS Lock screen media controls. In a nice gesture to owners of the original, developers s1ris and Phillip Tennen have rewritten the tweak from scratch and are providing it as a free upgrade to previous owners of Helius.

In case you’ve forgotten, or in case you’ve never used the original version, Helius is a tweak that takes your default media controls on the Lock screen, and provides them with a fresh coat of paint. Have a look at our video walkthrough for more information on how this tweak works. Read More

 

LockEditor lets you modify several Lock screen properties on iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

If you find the stock iOS Lock screen to be a bore, then LockEditor is here to spice things up a bit. It’s a jailbreak tweak that allows you to modify a plethora of Lock screen features, from the passcode rings, to “slide to unlock” text.

In fact, LockEditor contains nearly two-dozen different settings and switches that allow you to customize the look and feel of the Lock screen. Have a look at our video, which showcases some of the features that you’ll find in LockEditor. Read More

 

How to add an old school combination lock to the iOS Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

Combination Lock, a brand new jailbreak tweak that just recently touched down on Cydia, makes me feel a bit nostalgic. It takes me back to my high school days when I used to use a combination lock for my school locker. It’s been so long since I’ve used one of those locks, but this new jailbreak tweak resuscitates the experience.

If you’re looking to add a little flair to the iOS Lock screen, then you should take Combination Lock for a spin (pun intended). Have a look at our video walkthrough to see what I mean. Read More

 

Fuse merges the Lock screen clock and music controls into a single interface

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 21, 2015

Fuse is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to combine the music controls and the Lock screen clock. This results in the ability to display both elements at once, something that’s not normally possible on stock iOS 8. Read More

 

How to use a secret Activator gesture to keep your Lock screen secure

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015

Worried about unscrupulous individuals trying to unlock your device or accessing Control Center or Notification Center without your prior approval? If so, then Secret-Lock may interest you.

Secret-Lock is a recently released jailbreak tweak that freezes the iOS Lock screen until a secret Activator gesture is used. This allows you to secure the Lock screen and prevent swipes, and Control Center or Notification Center invocation gestures. Read More

 

Hexaclock is a Lock screen theme featuring a stylized clock

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 2, 2015

Looking for a way to spice up your iPhone’s Lock screen? If so, have a look at Hexaclock, a Lock screen theme that uses the GroovyLock theming platform.

Hexaclock brings a fully-stylized working clock to the Lock screen, and it can replace the stock Lock screen clock. We’ve taken Hexaclock for a spin on video in order to showcase it to you in action… Read More

 

Transition: new unlock animations for the Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Transition is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that adds a ton of new Lock screen-to-Home screen animated transitions to iOS. In all, there are over two-dozen animated transitions, and that doesn’t include the random option that will allow you to enjoy a different transition with every unlock of your device. If you’re looking to add some spice to the unlock animation on your iPhone, then Transition may be just what you need. Read More

 

LockInfo8 brings a unified notification experience to the Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 17, 2015

LockInfo8, like the previous seven releases in the series, is a Lock screen tweak that provides you with a plethora of pertinent information about your day, your apps, the weather, and more. It’s the latest in a long-running series that has been installed on millions of iPhones, and is one of the most recognizable and popular jailbreak tweaks in the history of the community.

For various reasons, I’ve always shied away from covering the tweak. Some of it had to do with disinterest, but some of it was laziness. I guess I figured that everyone already knew about LockInfo, so why bother, but I understand that this was the wrong attitude.

To be honest, LockInfo always felt like it was trying to do too many things at once, and that’s another reason why I lacked the interest and motivation to provide any sort of post. In this area, LockInfo seems to have turned a corner as of late. It’s still an incredibly deep tweak, but the barrier to entry is much more palatable this time around.

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Popular Lock screen launcher atom is coming to iPad

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 12, 2015

One of the most popular Lock screen launchers for iOS 8 is headed to iPad. Atom, the Surenix-designed and Daniel Turner-developed atomic-inspired Lock screen launcher, is headed to the big screen. We’ve got a first hands-on look at atom for iPad, including a summation of the tweak’s iPad-exclusive feature. Read More

 

Lock screen launcher tweak atom gaining iOS 8 and iPhone 6 compatibility

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 17, 2015

One of the most popular Lock screen launchers—atom—is getting a big update for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6. With new developer Daniel Turner on board to execute his vision, Surenix plans on bringing the updated version of atom to the Cydia store this Friday. Here’s the first look at atom running on my iPhone 6 Plus. Read More

 

Wallmart allows you to cycle through wallpaper on iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 15, 2015

Wallmart is a newly released jailbreak tweak that allows you to cycle through your favorite wallpaper on iOS 8. After installing the tweak, which is downloadable free of charge via Cydia’s BigBoss repo, you can set it up to automatically cycle through each wallpaper after a specific interval of time, or cycle with every unlock. Read More

 

SubtleLock brings a minimal style to the iOS 8 Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 10, 2015

SubtleLock has always been a good way to transform the iOS Lock screen with a minimal style, and the iOS 8 version of SubtleLock tries to live up to the legacy. This is a tweak that can customize the Lock screen font, color, size, and even simplify the look of the clock and date readout. If you’re using an impressive wallpaper that you’d like to showcase rather than hide behind Lock screen elements, then SubtleLock for iOS 8 may provide the options you need after an update or two. Read More

 

AppBox 8: a powerful Lock screen add-on for iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 18, 2014

Developer Jacob Caraballo has released an updated version of AppBox specifically for iOS 8. Like its predecessor, AppBox 8 functions as a Lock screen launcher and overall Lock screen enhancer. AppBox 8 can launch apps directly from the Lock screen without entering a passcode. It also features plugins for certain apps to access shortcuts for composing new notes, accessing playlists, contacts, and more. Read More

 

LockSmoother+ provides an elegant looking Lock screen on iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 16, 2014

If you have an especially good-looking Lock screen wallpaper, perhaps you find it annoying when iOS clutters it up with all of its Lock screen UI elements. If so, then LockSmoother+ is something that you may want to give a shot. It’s a $0.99 jailbreak tweak that just became available today on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. As its name states, LockSmoother’s goal is to provide a smoother and sleeker looking Lock screen that can compliment beautiful wallpaper. But does it work? Read More

 

LockGlyph updates result in a significantly better Lock screen tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 9, 2014

LockGlyph, a tweak that we reviewed last month, was met with a ho-hum response due to some of its shortcomings. It’s a tweak that brings the Apple Pay authentication animation and sound to the Lock screen. It was slow, a little clunky, and lacked many of the customization options necessary to make it great. However, some recent updates have quickly changed the perception of this jailbreak tweak. Read More

 

Prettier Banners adds contacts photos to Messages notifications

By Sébastien Page on Dec 4, 2014

I miss BiteSMS for so many reasons, and one of them is that the tweak adds the photo of your contacts in Messages notifications, assuming you do have a photo for that contact to begin with of course.

Prettier Banners is a new tweak that will certainly fill that void, at least until BiteSMS gets an update. Developed by Mohamed Marbouh, Prettier Banners will replace the Messages app icon with the photo of your contact when receiving a text message notification. Read More

 

IntelliScreenX 8 teaser

By Sébastien Page on Nov 11, 2014

Mario Ciabarra, the man behind IntelliScreenX among others, recently tweeted a photo of an iPhone 6 running ISX8, an updated version of the feature-rich tweak compatible with Apple’s latest mobile operating system. While there is no specific ETA for ISX8 to hit Cydia, it appears that the tweak is in late development stage and could potentially be available sooner than later. Read More

 
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