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  • [Review] Stride - A New Way to Unlock Your iOS Device


    The iOS 'slide to unlock' feature is a nice, elegant way of unlocking an iOS device. It is nice and pocket-proof – making it hard to perform while in your pocket by mistake. The only downfall is its security. Apple includes a pass code system for security, but tons of people want different ways to secure their iOS device besides a number pad or text-based password. A new jailbreak tweak dubbed Stride by iOS developer Adam Bell lets you draw a pattern and then apply that pattern towards unlocking your iOS device.

    The screenshots you see above are of the pattern-setter you will use to pick a pattern and apply it to your iOS device. It is accessible from the Settings application from the Stride preferences pane. You will be asked to enter your drawing three times for confirmation. After you have confirmed it, you can press the sleep button of your iOS device to lock it and then press it again to display the lock screen. When you slide on the ‘slide to unlock’ slider, you’ll get a new interface:



    The interface overlays your lock screen wallpaper with a grid-like appearance made for you to draw your pattern on. After you draw your pattern successfully (it turns green), the iOS device will unlock the same way it normally would. If you draw the pattern wrong, it will flash red and refuse to unlock the iOS device. That being said, it makes a good customization feature for iOS to make it the way you want it. You aren’t bound to a specific nine-dot grid like you are on Android and you can draw anything you want to.

    The interface includes two buttons – one on the bottom right and one on the bottom left. The bottom left button is an arrow that will put you back at the 'slide to unlock' bar. The bottom right button is a grid button – if you have a pass code set, this button will take you to the keypad so you can enter your pass code instead. If you don’t have a pass code set, it will force your iOS device to unlock without the need for drawing a pattern.



    Stride also comes with a preferences pane that allows you to enable and disable the tweak at any time you want to. You can also choose to skip over pass code entry for this tweak instead. From this pane you can pick your own pattern and set it for unlocking your iOS device. Setting the pattern does not require a respring or any action on the user's part.

    This tweak has a very nice implementation as well as a great interface and will recognize your patterns even when you draw things slightly sloppy. There is a small problem that makes it very difficult to unlock the device with Stride when you slide on an iOS 5 notification to unlock and open the application you have an notification. This will be fixed in a future version of Stride and the developer will also be adding a feature that will let the user choose whether or not Stride can force an unlock and bypass the pass code.

    Stride is not compatible with iPad.

    Name: Stride
    Price: $2.99
    Version: 1.0.0
    Requirements: iOS 5, iPhone or iPod touch
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Adam Bell
    Editor's Rating / 4.5/5

    Sources: Adam Bell
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] Stride - A New Way to Unlock Your iOS Device started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      What if you are a pixel off? Seems stupid, not sure how this got 4/5
    1. brodimus's Avatar
      brodimus -
      Quote Originally Posted by *T* View Post
      What if you are a pixel off? Seems stupid, not sure how this got 4/5
      It says it's okay if the drawing is a little sloppy. I'd like to try this but I'm gonna wait to see the general consensus.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Stride gum- ridiculously long lasting
    1. JimboHurt's Avatar
      JimboHurt -
      It sounds like the button on the bottom right, if you don't have a pass code, will let you bypass.

      So what is the point of this??

      Basically you still have to use iOS's regular passcode if you want security. Because if you don't, anyone can skip the drawing process and tap the bottom right button!

      It makes this tweak purely just for fun and not any real use.

      Am I understanding it correctly? I hope not
    1. CAPcadetJC's Avatar
      CAPcadetJC -
      Quote Originally Posted by *T* View Post
      What if you are a pixel off? Seems stupid, not sure how this got 4/5
      it doesnt bother it. Works great Im loving it!
    1. Archez's Avatar
      Archez -
      Quote Originally Posted by *T* View Post
      What if you are a pixel off? Seems stupid, not sure how this got 4/5
      You missed a line.
      "will recognize your patterns even when you draw things slightly sloppy"
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Nifty new tweak. Not sure on the 2.99$ price myself though but sounds like a decent new way to unlock.
    1. JSkywalker217's Avatar
      JSkywalker217 -
      Will it work with ICaughtyou Pro? I have that and it works with my passcode. If it doesnt work with it then I will not get it.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by JimboHurt View Post
      It sounds like the button on the bottom right, if you don't have a pass code, will let you bypass.

      So what is the point of this??

      Basically you still have to use iOS's regular passcode if you want security. Because if you don't, anyone can skip the drawing process and tap the bottom right button!

      It makes this tweak purely just for fun and not any real use.

      Am I understanding it correctly? I hope not
      If you have the "skip PIN entry" enabled then the button won't be there.
    1. Orby's Avatar
      Orby -
      Love the idea, but...
      1) For three dollars, I really would like to see iPad compatibility. Am I being avaricious? Probably. Oh well.
      2) For a pass-code replacement system, I'd love to have the option to 'only' draw a symbol and gain access--without having a huge gaping hole in security (bypassing the whole system by pushing two buttons) or the bad UX of three steps (slide, shape, code).
      3) I'd love to see this replace the "Slide to Unlock" dialog as a user-configurable option--entering the shape correctly both "slides to unlock" and provides the measure of security.

      EDIT: If Zokunei is correct, and enabling "skip PIN entry" blocks the bottom-right button, only allowing a shape to open the device, disregard point two (haven't tested it personally so caveat emptor).
    1. JimboHurt's Avatar
      JimboHurt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      If you have the "skip PIN entry" enabled then the button won't be there.
      Okay, thank you. Are you sure?
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      I tried it, Android lock is better and works every time
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by JimboHurt View Post
      Okay, thank you. Are you sure?
      Not entirely, but the article seems to say that. A video review would confirm this. I should have been more clear since this is a paid tweak.
    1. coconutxyz's Avatar
      coconutxyz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      If you have the "skip PIN entry" enabled then the button won't be there.
      i've enabled it but it is still there

      and "the developer will also be adding a feature that will let the user choose whether or not Stride can force an unlock and bypass the pass code."
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by coconutxyz View Post
      i've enabled it but it is still there

      and "the developer will also be adding a feature that will let the user choose whether or not Stride can force an unlock and bypass the pass code."
      That's already there press the bottom right icon before putting in your unlock code
    1. coconutxyz's Avatar
      coconutxyz -
      what i mean is trying to remove the pin code feature as i only want to unlock the phone using stride
    1. Dave_Xiavia's Avatar
      Dave_Xiavia -
      Can't find it in Cydia. Looks cool.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dave_Xiavia View Post
      Can't find it in Cydia. Looks cool.
      Refresh your sources
    1. RobberBoy's Avatar
      RobberBoy -
      wouldnt replace the androidlock.. ;P
    1. morbidpete's Avatar
      morbidpete -
      Quote Originally Posted by JSkywalker217 View Post
      Will it work with ICaughtyou Pro? I have that and it works with my passcode. If it doesnt work with it then I will not get it.
      it works just fine with iCaughtu pro if you have a pin enabled and do not set stride to bypass pin. But if set to bypass pin, then no notification is made or picture taken. Just tried it out myself


      Quote Originally Posted by JimboHurt View Post
      It sounds like the button on the bottom right, if you don't have a pass code, will let you bypass.

      So what is the point of this??

      Basically you still have to use iOS's regular passcode if you want security. Because if you don't, anyone can skip the drawing process and tap the bottom right button!

      It makes this tweak purely just for fun and not any real use.

      Am I understanding it correctly? I hope not

      the pin option does not go away when set to skip pin, but when you prees the button to enter the pin, it will still ask for your set pin. so it is not a security gap