Draw a picture for your passcode with this jailbreak tweak

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 7.48.28 AM

You unlock your iPhone by either having it read your fingerprint or typing in a simple passcode. On Android, you unlock your device by drawing a pattern between a grid of dots.

But imagine being able to unlock your iPhone with art. Imagine painting a smiley face, or scrawling your signature, or heck, drawing a pornographic picture on your iPhone display and having it magically spring to life.

That’s just what a new jailbreak tweak lets you do.

Draw a picture for your passcode with this jailbreak tweak

Called Stride 2 and available for jailbroken iOS 7 device, the tweak allows you to ‘Draw Your Passcode.’ You simply configure the pattern you want to use, set the sensitivity (how close the drawing has to be to your pattern in order to unlock), and you’re off.

It’s pretty neat, and I think probably a lot more secure than an easy-to-remember passcode. A drawing can have infinitely more variation than a configuration of numbers, or patterns drawn on a grid. Although let’s face it, I can’t be the only person tempted to make a crude drawing of a penis my Stride 2 passcode, can I?

Stride 2 is available on Cydia’s BigBoss Repo for just $2.99.

  • digitaldumdum

    “…or heck, drawing a pornographic picture on your iPhone display and having it magically spring to life.”

    A pornographic picture? Really? Yeah, you might be “the only person tempted to make a crude drawing of a penis on your iPhone lock-screen.”

  • markstickley

    Not tempted to do it myself, but one of the first things that I thought was “Someone out there has already got a penis for a passcode”. Guaranteed.

  • macguru

    DUH — why not just use your fingerprint sensor?
    And yeah, jailbroken iPhone = not a truly wise choice for LOTS of good reasons

    • digitaldumdum

      You said: “DUH — why not just use your fingerprint sensor?”

      Duh, fingerprint sensors are available only on iPhone 5S running iOS 7. There are LOTS of people who don’t have that feature, so this and other similar tweaks make unlocking the iPhone easier or more enjoyable.

      And you’re saying there are LOTS of reasons why a jailbroken iPhone is unwise? Name one. There are no security issues with a jailbroken phone, at least no more security issues than any other iPhone. No unusual battery issues, no existing Apple iOS software issues, no iCloud issues and no hardware issues. On the other hand—thanks to hundreds of tweaks and apps from the jailbreak community—there are LOTS of things I can do with my JB iPhone that are incredibly useful and fun, and release the phone to perform like the handheld computer it really is.

  • Spacyapps

    Check out the SecretStuff app. Had this idea implemented years ago. :)
    Glad the concept is getting more attention!

About the author

John BrownleeJohn Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his wife and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

(sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)| Read more posts by .

Posted in News | Tagged: , , |