Having been undergoing more than 2 months open beta, LockInfo 8 by iOS developer David Ashman, a very popular lockscreen replacement tweak, has released officially today on Cydia.
For those who are new to LockInfo, it is a lockscreen / notification center tweak that allows you to customize your lockscreen to get the information you need, when you need it and access to all of your important information right on your lockscreen. Since LockInfo 7, it also integrated with another tweak from the same developer called Forecast, which offers quick access of weather information from lockscreen with optional full-screen weather animations.
In summary, LockInfo includes the following great features:
– Integrate notifications and Today View widget
– Pull down on notification screens to clear all notifications at once
– Tight integration with the native notification system of iOS
– Rich previews of email messages from lockscreen
– Full forecast weather page and animated weather wallpapers
– Improved calendar agenda widget
To explain in layman terms, you can add native iOS 8 widgets on your lockscreen, as well as customize notifications to show with the widgets in one combined view, instead of Today and Notification Views separated. This also applies to Notification Center that you no longer need to swipe between 2 tabs for widgets and notifications. This feature is very handy in the sense that you can view, focus and handle what you need in a single place, without missing anything important to you.
Standard notifications show on the lockscreen when they come in as what you normally see for stock iOS. You can swipe to take action or dismiss on the notification as usual. You can also swipe the page to the left to invoke Today View on the next page. This behaves the same in your Notification Center. You can act or dismiss as you do normally.
In order to have a unified, integrated view of both notifications and widgets of choice, you can add the widgets and apps that you want to show notifications from where you normal add widgets into Notification Center Today View. This is not something that I particularly like because it does take a lot of time to customize if you have a lot of push notification from numbers of apps. I would rather have a toggle for all, in addition to adding it one by one.
In the Settings panel of LockInfo 8, there are just tons of options that you can customize with. They include appearance and behavior of LockInfo on lockscreen and Notification Center and the bundled agenda widget; controls on Auto-lock, screen dimming and password bypass; weather page settings; and many more you can find from the screenshot below. Note that the last button called “Add Icon To HomeScreen” is not part of LockInfo, but another tweak called HomeScreen Settings.
After a few hours testing, I only had one crash when I wanted clear the notifications. I have over 20 different jaibreak tweaks installed on my iPhone 6 and it is compatible to almost everyone of them, including namely Confero (handles notifications into one unified “folder” view), TwitkaFly iOS 7/8+ (twitter quick compose and reply from notification center and Activator actions), SimpleCenters (deep modification on Notification Center and Control Center), and even IntelliScreenX (sort of competitor of LockInfo that allows users to adds a ton of useful information to the Notification Center and lockscreen).
But there is one obvious bug that I noticed so far, which is compatibility with atom, a popular paid lockscreen launcher tweak. I have Lockinfo lockscreen view enabled with atom and. I am not sure if that is something related to LockPage bundle (that comes with LockInfo) overlaps with the atom interface. But this does not interfere when normal notification alerts coming in. So this partially blocks out one of the flagship feature of LockInfo indeed.
I have been using it since LockInfo 5 and I like it as much as I like IntelliScreenX. One of the best things for LockInfo is on price itself and also for the upgrade tiers. For new users, ISX costs $9.99 with 3 day trial but LockInfo is set at $4.99 with 14 day trial; previous ISX 7 owners have to pay $4.99 (50%) for upgrading to ISX 8, but LockInfo 5-7 owners will only need to pay a $1.99 (40%) upgrade fee for LockInfo 8. Plus, if you purchased LockInfo after July 1, 2014, you will not need to pay the upgrade fee. You will receive an email no matter you get getting a free or paid upgrade that will redirect you to Amazon or PayPal payment pages. And one license supports 5 devices to be registered.
Arguably, ISX does offer more functionalities like Messages+ for Quick SMS/iMessage compose, as well as additional tabs for social media accounts. But with that said, for the comprehensiveness, complexity and high level customization of LockInfo, $4.99 does not seem to be steep for entry. Additionally, as mentioned, you have 2 weeks free trial, so it won’t go wrong to give it a try for free before making a decision. You can find LockInfo 8 available now on Cydia’s ModMyi repo.
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