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  • 'unlockr' Offers You a New Way to Unlock Your iOS 7 Device (Lock Screen)


    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.

    Name: unlockr
    Price: $1.99
    Version: 1.1-1
    Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.4
    Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Dylan Kelly
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'unlockr' Offers You a New Way to Unlock Your iOS Device started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Meanwhile, us 5s users can unlock the device with our fingerprint.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
      Meanwhile, us 5s users can unlock the device with our fingerprint.
      I'm using an iPhone 5.

    1. RochOAR's Avatar
      RochOAR -
      I thought this was going to be a carrier unlock post. Not that I need it right now, but can't believe carrier unlocks are so expensive.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
      Meanwhile, us 5s users can unlock the device with our fingerprint.
      Not after you're dead you can't.
    1. Al226's Avatar
      Al226 -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      Not after you're dead you can't.
      LOL!!! Good response, I have a 5S but don't even use the touchid for unlocking it. I use it for Applocker.
    1. rimshak's Avatar
      rimshak -
      Quote Originally Posted by Al226 View Post
      LOL!!! Good response, I have a 5S but don't even use the touchid for unlocking it. I use it for Applocker.
      I do the same thing as well! But, it does make me curious. I do apologize if this has been asked before; but is it true the TouchID won't work when you're dead? Is it because it still requires some sort of human electricity (so to speak) to make the prints work?

      Then paranoid me thinks, maybe I go into a coma one day. Someone can just hold my finger to my phone and go snooping about. Not that I really have anything to hide, it's just the principle. It's my phone, no one else's.

      So with that thought, I lock the phone with a passcode and use Applocker, BioProtect, iTouchSecure or BioLockDown (your choice or combo of any of those) to benefit from the TouchID sensor. lol

      Such pleasant thoughts. :P
    1. Christophxr's Avatar
      Christophxr -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
      Meanwhile, us 5s users can unlock the device with our fingerprint.


      Shu'up.
    1. Kevrhof's Avatar
      Kevrhof -
      I have a 5S and drunkingly bought this. Seems stupid. I also can't figure out how to work it? And the button seems odd, beta, and not clean.