xNotiLockColor: change the colors of Lock screen notifications

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 13, 2014

xNotiLockColor is a new tweak that allows you to change up the colors present on Lock screen notifications. It’s a simple tweak that allows you to individually alter the primary color, secondary color, subtitle, time/slide, and separator colors for Lock screen notification messages.

Each section contains over a dozen different color selections to choose from and you can combine multiple colors to come up with some pretty wacky Lock screen looks. Have a glance at our video demo inside to see how easy it is. Read More

 

Genie unlocks your iPhone with simple gestures

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 10, 2014

On a recent article that I wrote, a reader was surprised after reading that I am generally disinterested by a lot of jailbreak tweaks. It might not make sense, given that I write for a blog that is consistently on top of covering the jailbreak scene. Allow me to explain: it’s not that jailbreak tweaks do not pique my interest, but rather that some are simply too complex or cumbersome to provide a meaningful purpose.

That’s not to discount the fantastic work that developers put into creating jailbreak tweaks. There are just as many good tweaks as there are less impressive ones. Genie is a new Lock screen extension that is a good example. Not only does it provide useful functionality for unlocking your iPhone, but it is a lightweight tweak that isn’t dragged down by dozens of confusing settings or unnecessary features. Check it out…  Read More

 

iOS 7 security flaw allows for Lock screen bypass in seconds

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 9, 2014

A new security flaw has been discovered that allows for the Lock screen on iOS 7.1.1 to be bypassed in just seconds. The vulnerability provides access to any app that was left open before the device was locked, such as Mail or Messages, but a prompt appears to re-enter your Lock screen passcode if you attempt to navigate to the Home screen or elsewhere. Read ahead for how it works…  Read More

 

3 colorful iOS theme setups to check out

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 7, 2014

A few weeks ago, I shared three beautiful iOS theme setups for the iPhone. Judging by the amount of readers that left comments, including those that shared their own setups, I would say it was a resounding success. A few readers asked that we follow up with another similar post, so here we are with three more colorful iOS theme setups to go along with the summer season. The setups come from the /r/iOSthemes community on Reddit, and we’ve included the jailbreak tweaks and themes used where possible… Read More

 

iOS 8 puts app shortcuts on the Lock screen based on your location

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2014

Another handy improvement we’ve discovered in iOS 8 deals with location tracking improvements.

Apparently, Apple’s upcoming mobile operating system puts an app icon right on the Lock screen whenever in a vicinity of a location that has a corresponding app in the App Store. Just walk up to a nearby Apple Store and an app icon appears on the Lock screen. Same for places like Tesco and Vons.

“When Location Services is turned on, the device’s current location is used to recommend relevant apps on the lock screen,” as per iOS 8 release notes. Again, you don’t even need to have the app installed on your device. It’s important to note that this feature is unrelated to iBeacons, here are full details… Read More

 

TodayLock adds a daily overview to the Lock screen

By Joe Rossignol on May 31, 2014

I’m beginning to sound like a broken record. In the last few months, I have covered an endless amount of Lock screen extensions, ranging from LockInfo7 and LockScreen Informer to Convergance and Forecast. In the most recent Let’s Talk Jailbreak podcast episode, our own Jeff Benjamin was very vocal about LockScreen Informer in particular, noting that it had several features but not the most impressive design.

TodayLock is a new jailbreak tweak that is quite the opposite. It has a very beautiful and simplistic design, but does not deliver all of the functionality that LockScreen Informer does. Instead, it focuses on three main items: events, reminders and weather. For some people, that might be all they need. If you consider yourself to be one of those people, read ahead to find out how this extension works…  Read More

 

InCaseOf adds emergency info to the Lock screen

By Joe Rossignol on May 28, 2014

While we obviously do not wish it upon anyone, you never know when you might find yourself in a medical emergency. You also never know where you might be at the time, or who you will be with. That is why a new jailbreak tweak called InCaseOf is more important than you might think. InCaseOf adds important emergency information to the Lock screen, so that first responders and others can gain a better understanding of your health situation. Take a look at how it works…  Read More

 

LockScreen Informer is a Cydget that brings useful info to the Lock screen

By Joe Rossignol on May 26, 2014

The latest trend of jailbreak tweaks that attempt to enhance the Lock screen experience, such as IntelliScreenX and Helius, continues with the release of a new Cydget called LockScreen Informer. The tweak displays important info directly on the Lock screen, saving you the trouble of opening Notification Center or fully unlocking your device on many occasions. You’re probably thinking this is exactly like the LockInfo7 tweak we covered last week, but there are some notable differences…  Read More

 

Helius redesigns your Lock screen music controls

By Sébastien Page on May 22, 2014

The Lock screen has been an area of interest for jailbreakers for quite some time, which probably explains the popularity of tweaks such as LockInfo7 or Spectral. Some tweaks do things in a subtle way, others aim to take a fresh approach in order to bring a completely new design. This is the case of Helius, a new tweak developed by Phillip Tennen who’s goal is to bring a new kind of music controls to your Lock screen… Read More

 

LockInfo7 brings essential info to the Lock screen

By Joe Rossignol on May 21, 2014

There are a countless number of jailbreak tweaks that aim to improve the Lock screen experience, such as Convergance and IntelliScreenX, but not many come close to LockInfo7 in terms of usefulness. The newly released tweak by iOS developer David Ashman expands the functionality of the Lock screen in several different ways. Read ahead to see what I mean…  Read More

 

TouchPass allows you to unlock your iOS device with a tap

By Sébastien Page on May 21, 2014

I’m not sure what’s all the rage about tap-to-unlock tweaks these days, but there must be something in the air. After the recent release of TapToUnlock7 and SmartTap, a new tweak called TouchPass promises to let you unlock your iOS device with just one tap. Well, to be fair here, you’ll still have to wake the device in order to tap to unlock so it’s not just a one-tap unlock solution, but close enough… Read More

 

How to unlock your iPhone using a slide-up gesture

By Jeff Benjamin on May 3, 2014

Do you ever tire of the same old swipe-from-left-to-right gesture when unlocking your phone? Are you looking for a way to switch up the phone-unlocking experience? If so, then perhaps you should look into this brand new jailbreak tweak.

SlideUP2Unlock allows you to swipe up on the Lock screen to unlock your phone. It gets rid of the Lock screen camera shortcut in favor of a vertical unlocking gesture. As always, we have video of this tweak in action. Take a look inside to see it in full detail. Read More

 

UnShaker7: unlock your iPhone with a shake

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 29, 2014

Unshaker7 is a new jailbreak tweak that was created to allow iOS 7 users to unlock their iPhones using a shake gesture. Although that’s the intention of the tweak, the execution of the idea didn’t exactly go as planned.

The tweak is extremely simple, and only contains a few options to configure, but it’s flawed. Have look inside at our video walkthrough to see what I mean. Read More

 

Convergance: a complete Lock screen replacement for the iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 27, 2014

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. Read More

 

TapToUnlock7: unlock iOS 7 devices with just a tap

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 25, 2014

No more sliding! Just Tapping. That’s the headline for the description for TapToUnlock7 in Cydia, and I have to say, it’s apt. TapToUnlock7 is a tweak that gets rid of the “slide to unlock” action and replaces it with a simple tap.

TapToUnlock7 works with both passcode enabled devices and unsecured devices. When you have a passcode enabled, a tap will activate the passcode screen, and when you have the passcode disabled, you’ll be whisked away right to iOS’ Home screen.

The tweak features a variety of customization options to change up the look and feel of the tap to unlock button on the Lock screen. Have a look inside as we explore various facets of this brand new release. Read More

 

Timely: add a beautiful text-based Lock screen clock to your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 24, 2014

Now here’s a great way to spice up your iPhone’s Lock screen. Timely—a recently released tweak—adds a text-based Lock screen clock to your iPhone.

Depending on the current time, Timely will highlight the necessary elements that make up the time via a text based Lock screen layout. It’s even capable of rounding to the nearest five minutes for a cleaner look. Have a glance at our video review inside for more details. Read More

 

Sticky: quickly add a handy sticky note to the Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 21, 2014

Sticky is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that allows you to add a handy sticky note to the Lock screen. It’s a tweak that’s useful for quickly taking notes that you will need to reference at a later time.

One of the cool things about Sticky is that your notes stay visible on the Lock screen. This makes it so that when you wake your device from sleep, your note is waiting on you to remind you of any tasks.

We’ve taken Sticky for a spin on video. Have a look past the break for the full review. Read More

 

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

 
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