Slide To Unlock App Shortcuts From The iPhone’s Lockscreen With Axis [Jailbreak]


If there’s one part of iOS that Apple needs to be paying more attention to, it’s the lockscreen. Case in point: jailbreak developers and concept designers are coming up with some really innovate ideas for making use of the first screen we all see when we check our iPhones.

Axis, a new jailbreak tweak that began as a simple concept some months ago, is another great example of doing more with the lockscreen. Apps can be assigned to the bottom of the screen and quickly opened with a swipe gesture.

If this looks familiar to you as a seasoned jailbreaker, it’s because Grabby is another recent Cydia tweak that does essentially the same thing. The difference with Axis is that it supports third-party apps with a host of themed icons, and there’s a custom passcode lock interface for those who like to keep the iPhone locked down. It’s also a buck cheaper at $0.99. When I tried Grabby a few weeks ago, the tweak was so buggy that I had to uninstall it.

The preferences for Axis can be found in the Settings app, and everything is wonderfully simple to configure. The tweak feels very polished and smooth, which is to be expected from the makers of Auxo.

I’ve been using atom to launch apps from the lockscreen on my jailbroken iPhone 5, but I’m switching to Axis for awhile to see if I like it better.

  • Juan Nunez-Iglesias

    Please report back with a comparison review! I’m using Atom now and I can certainly envision a more elegant and ergonomic solution. I’d love to find out whether Axis fits the bill.

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