Atom Gives Your iPhone’s Lockscreen A Beautifully Subtle App Launcher [Jailbreak]

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I like to keep my iPhone’s lockscreen clean and free of distractions. Jailbreak tweaks that add weather, RSS, and more are useful for many, but the lockscreen can easily start to feel cluttered after awhile.

That’s why I’m excited to present “atom,” a new jailbreak tweak for the lockscreen that replaces the unlock slider with a beautifully subtle app launcher.

atom in action

Shaped like an atom.

When you install atom, the lockscreen slider is replaced with a tiny button in the bottom center of the screen. Tapping and briefly holding the button instantly triggers six icon shortcuts to other apps. Hold and drag the black button around the screen to the app you want to launch. When your finger is over the icon, release it to launch the highlighted app. A lock icon in the center of the screen unlocks the iPhone. The animations during this process are fantastic, and everything feels very fluid.

The default app setup is Phone, Safari, Mail, Camera, Messages, and Music. Shortcuts can be customized in atom’s preferences in the Settings app. If you have a passcode set, you still have to enter it before you open a app from the lockscreen.

“The hardest part was getting the animations and positioning of atom,” said atom designer surenix. “I believe we’ve done an amazing job and hope many will love it and use it in there every day life.”

There’s hardly any learning curve to using atom. This is the best app launcher for the lockscreen I’ve ever used. It’s simple, and it works. You can download atom now in Cydia for $1.99. iPad support is coming in a later update.

  • Cortney Sauk

    Does this work with LockInfo?

  • ekim1406

    just bought this and its really awesome. simple and beautiful. and it actually works!

  • Timm82

    Does this work with LockInfo?

    yes it works with lockinfo, the lockinfo stuff fades out when you touch the sandwich button and then it will nicely slide back down if you let go.

  • bklynguy999

    Needs to allow for instant access to Camera from lockscreen as is the default. Atom blocks that instant access if you need to enter your Passcode. Can’t use until this is fixed.

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