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  • 'Atom' is a Gorgeous New Lock Screen Tweak You'll Want to Get Right Now


    If you’re looking to spice up the usability of your iOS lock screen, then you’ll want to try your hand at atom, a new lock screen-enhancing tweak by iOS developer Tyler Nettleton and Graphic Designer Surenix.

    Atom re-imagines the way the lock screen is used. Rather than taking Apple’s idea of the lock screen into consideration and using the lock screen as a way to get into your device, atom tries to make the lock screen into a splash page for your device. This means giving you up to six application shortcuts, as well as a way to unlock the device. The name "atom" comes from the fact that the interface literally looks like an atom:



    From a first glance, the only thing you see on your lock screen is the small black circle at the bottom of the display. When you tap and hold on the black circle, all six of your application shortcuts appear, as well as a way to unlock your iOS device. You can launch any of the six applications by dragging the black circle and dropping it over an application icon. Alternatively, you can drag the black circle over the unlock icon to unlock the device normally.

    Atom includes some fun animations too. As you drag the black circle over individual application icons, or the unlock icon, the item you drag over will increase in size, as everything around it decreases in size. This is a fluid animation that helps you focus on the item you’re currently hovering over, and it’s a nice demonstration of feedback from the tweak:



    When you land on an application icon and release the black circle, the iOS device will unlock immediately and launch the application you landed on. In the event where you have a passcode, the device will ask you for your passcode before allowing you to unlock the device, so there’s no need to worry about security with atom.

    From atom's preferences pane in the Settings application, you will be able to choose the six application shortcuts you want to set for the atom lock screen interface. You can use any stock applications, or third party applications of your choice:



    Currently, atom will override your settings for lock sounds in the Settings application. If you have it set to off, atom will still sound an unlock noise. An update is coming soon to address this. Atom is only available for the iPhone and iPod touch for now – iPad support is coming soon!

    Atom is available right now for $1.99 in Cydia’s BigBoss repository! – Grab it while it's hot!

    Name: atom
    Price: $1.99
    Version: 1.0
    Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 5 or later
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer(s): Tyler Nettleton and Surenix
    Editor's Rating:  5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Atom' is a Gorgeous New Lock Screen Tweak You'll Want to Get Right Now started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 91 Comments
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by *T* View Post
      Does this change the amount of time before screen locks on the lockscreen? Why can't you tap one of the icons to open it rather than dragging the circle? I will not be getting this, because what I could access in 1 swipe (the entire home screen), I would be only getting a limited version (the 6 icons) and it would take another gesture to get to the lockscreen. Common sense could help make this tweak better, but it's a nice concept.
      Very confused with this logic lol. You can still unlock to your spring board, or you can unlock to go into a favorite app that maybe you use often, this saving the time from unlocking then going to the app and tapping it.

      And maybe you just don't under stand how it works. The second you touch the "atom" it reveals and unlock AND short cuts. So as soon as you touch you just swipe to what you want to do.
    1. NiteStar's Avatar
      NiteStar -
      I really like this. Worth the money.

      btw I installed it and don't have any any issues with it making the unlock sound while on silent. If that's the issue others were having, maybe it's been fixed?
    1. Merman123's Avatar
      Merman123 -
      Works fine with subtlelock. Nice tweak but it's too much like jellylock which is free.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      What lock sound issue is everyone talking about? I don't have any sound when my phone is on silent and do when it's not
    1. lilrican21's Avatar
      lilrican21 -
      What makes this different from jelly lock which looks great on my ls.
    1. iMatthew's Avatar
      iMatthew -
      only thing is that you cant turn off the lock sounds without putting the device on silent
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      I have a few issues with it. It'd be nice to have the messages app go to the bitesms quick compose instead of opening the app itself. There's a gap of space on lockinfo where lockinfo ends and the lock button starts. Just an aesthetic thing, but it'd make it look smoother. Also it'd be nice if there were badges for new mail/messages/phone calls as well.

      Still nice tweak.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by subywrex View Post
      What lock sound issue is everyone talking about? I don't have any sound when my phone is on silent and do when it's not
      People are talking about turning off the lock sound while in ringer mode. You can do this in stock iOS since iOS 1.0.
    1. Brivent's Avatar
      Brivent -
      Doesn't seem to work with androidlockXT. Had to boot into safe mode to uninstall it. Turned off androidlockXT and reinstalled and it worked.
    1. Junnito's Avatar
      Junnito -
      It's awesome, just got it apple should Definitely have this!!!! 😱😄
    1. prymeh's Avatar
      prymeh -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brivent View Post
      Doesn't seem to work with androidlockXT. Had to boot into safe mode to uninstall it. Turned off androidlockXT and reinstalled and it worked.
      I've noticed that too. I hope it gets integrated in the next update.
    1. eightyk88's Avatar
      eightyk88 -
      Cydia is ****** for me.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Doesn't work with AndroidLock XT and can't be configed to open BiteSMS Quick Compose, then it's def a no go for me. Nice tweak though. Would also need it to allow Weather Widget to show.
    1. eightyk88's Avatar
      eightyk88 -
      Amazing, camera needs to open without passcode, bugs with notifications. Other than that, spot on. Works with forecast.
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      I can't even find it in cydia on my phone.
    1. orgy9111's Avatar
      orgy9111 -
      What about battery life with this tweak? Jellylock on my i5 kinda was draining it...
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      How does a lock screen like that drain ya battery? I have jelly lock and haven't noticed anything on mine.
    1. wesker17's Avatar
      wesker17 -
      Works great, the only thing that I don't like is that there is a distinctive shade difference between Lockinfo and Atom...

    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      I would totally buy it if it had a flashlight toggle.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ABOSWORTH View Post
      I would totally buy it if it had a flashlight toggle.
      Download torch and you should be good to go. Based on the above pic of this working with Weather Widget.