With the lock screen being such an important part of every iOS device, it has become very popular to change the way the lock screen asks us to authenticate our identity. A lot of jailbreak tweaks let us use something different from passcode phrases and PIN numbers to authenticate that the device belongs to us, and a new one is unlockr
by iOS developer Dylan Kelly.
As shown above, unlockr puts a circular button on the lock screen above the Control Center grabber. Tapping on this button brings up a four-pane interface where you can tap any of the four panes in a pattern of your choice to authenticate yourself. Since you would be the only person that knows your pattern, it offers a slight boost in security. The circular button is there to offer a two-step process so that you don't accidentally try entering any patterns in your pocket.
The tweak lets you configure your pattern to be anywhere from a 2-tap combination to a 10-tap combination; in other words, your pattern can be anywhere from 2-10 taps long, depending on how secure you want to be. Your pattern can contain any of the four panes on the lock screen, and your pattern can be in any order that you want it to be.
Unlockr puts a preferences pane in the Settings application where you can configure a few options for the tweak:
Here, you can enable and disable the tweak on demand, choose the number of taps that will be in your pattern and enable or disable ways to bypass the jailbreak tweak to get into your iOS device.
In addition, you'll be able to choose whether or not you want the panes to light up on the lock screen to light up when you tap on them, you'll be able to hide or show the tap counter (which lets you know how many more taps you need to perform to complete your set pattern), and enable or disable a dark color scheme rather than the light color scheme.
The first image in this review shows the light color scheme, but in case you were wondering what the dark color scheme looks like, we've included screenshots below:
Unlockr seems to be an interesting way to get past your Lock Screen. It offers a unique interface that those around you aren't familiar with, and so it adds security on that front, as well as the fact that they don't even know what your pattern is. If you want to give unlockr a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository for $1.99.
Unlockr does require iOS 7 to be installed and it won't work with Touch ID, so if you have an iPhone 5s and you want to give unlockr a try, you'll need to disable Touch ID.
iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4