The iOS 5 lock screen brings us the camera button, which turned out to be pretty convenient. However, iOS developer Ron Melkhior
has made an attempt to make the iOS 5 lock screen even more convenient by adding two more functions to the camera button area. The new jailbreak tweak, dubbed SwipeCam
, will set you back $1.49 and allow you to swipe side to side on the camera button to pull up more options. Currently, SwipeCam supports toggling Wi-Fi and toggling Airplane Mode apart from being able to launch the Camera application. The screenshots above show you the toggles when they are enabled and the screenshots below show you the toggles when they are disabled:
The disabled toggles show an ‘X’ on them when they are off and the ‘X’ disappears when the toggles are enabled. Apart from the toggles, you can also find a preferences pane in the Settings application, which allows you to enable and disable SwipeCam at your convenience. Because of the nature of SwipeCam, if you have Camera Grabber for iOS 5
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installed for sliding up on your lock screen to launch the Camera applications, SwipeCam will not work and you will need to uninstall Camera Grabber for iOS 5 to use it.
While SwipeCam is a practical idea and many people will probably find its uses helpful, it is currently very limited in functionality and the icons are foreign to the iOS environment in terms of appearance. Possible future updates will address giving SwipeCam more options, properly removing Camera Grabber for iOS 5 upon install, and likely some added toggles and stability improvements. Known updates will include a location services toggle, brightness adjustment button, and power buttons for respringing, rebooting, powering down, and entering safe mode.
Using SwipeCam still requires you to double-press the home button at the lock screen to use. Taking into consideration the price tag of $1.49, you will find that the free SBSettings jailbreak tweak and the stock iOS 5 camera button will get the same job done just as quickly. The option is totally up to you about which path you wish to take.
Developer: Ron Melkhior
Sources: Ron Melkhior