Now that the iOS 5 gold master is out in the wild, as well as the iPhone 4S coming October 14th (preorders begin October 7th), the question becomes what the jailbreak community is doing behind the scenes. As many of you would assume, the scramble to make all tweaks and applications compatible with the next upcoming public firmware is definitely ensuing. Some are easy to accomplish, others are not. One in particular that is almost iOS 5 compatible is AndroidLock XT. AndroidLock XT allows you to use an Android-style lock instead of the standard passcode; a personal favorite of mine. The developer of AndroidLock XT Zmaster (@_Zmaster) was gracious enough to allow me to beta test his application as well as give an exclusive viewing of AndroidLock XT in action on iOS 5.
This is just one example of the many applications that are gearing up for iOS 5 compatibility. ModMyi will be on the front lines ensuring that our reader base is up-to-speed on what is becoming iOS 5 compatible for our jailbreak users.
Primarily, AndroidLock XT will strictly be updated to support iOS 5 and no new features will be added (at this point). For those of you users that have AndroidLock XT already, everything that is part of the current version will be available on iOS 5. Enabling and adding/changing your pattern is still a staple feature and works well on iOS 5 on this current build. Other components that are still apart of AndroidLock XT on iOS 5 include:
- Select Theme
- Change Behaviour
Note: This current build has a SpringBoard icon for settings because the developer did not have the updated PreferenceLoader file in order to continue. When AndroidLock XT for iOS 5 officially releases, all the settings will be housed in the Settings.app under its own tab.
In response to what will be different in AndroidLock XT for iOS 5, Zmaster noted these minor changes:
Originally Posted by Zmaster;
Here are a few other follow-up questions that gives a little more detail to what Zmaster has been doing with AndroidLock XT and his other projects:
JOSH: What has been the most difficult part to change to make AndroidLock XT iOS 5 compatible?
ZMASTER I'd say it has been interacting with the notifications on the lock screen. Actually, the most difficult thing is working without docs and proper tools in general. That's what makes a task that looks simple take hours to implement.
JOSH: Are you planning on changing or adding anything new to AndroidLock XT as a result of iOS 5?
ZMASTER At the moment there are no new features in iOS 5 that suggest me to make other changes.
JOSH: Other than AndroidLock XT, are you working on making any of your other applications iOS 5 compatible? Or are they already compatible?
ZMASTER I only have one other extension on Cydia, which is GroupSend. I already updated it to make it compatible with iOS 5.
JOSH: Do you have any other projects you are working on? All firmwares or iOS 5 specific?
ZMASTER Not at the present. At this point, I'm a bit worried for the future of jailbroken devices. It seems that it's becoming more and more difficult to jailbreak them and I think that first attempts were simple and more stable. When you then consider the difficulties and the time it takes to develop things that hooks into iOS (not standalone apps), it gets discouraging.
Follow Zmaster (@_Zmaster) on Twitter to keep up to date on what is to come.