Apple hasn’t done much in the last few iterations of iOS to make the iPhone’s lock screen different. That said, anyone who is even a little thirsty for something else could find a newly released jailbreak tweak with syncing Sh4dow by iOS developer sugiuta to a refreshing sight.
Sh4dow is a completely original take on the iPhone’s lock screen aesthetic. It continues to act as a barrier between your device and the user like a lock screen should, but you can do a lot more with the lock screen with Sh4dow installed than without.
To the exampleas shown in the screenshot example Above, Sh4dow integrates an app shortcut Dock for up to six apps, a redesigned date and time display, a weather display and even a visually redesigned Now Playing surface. Notifications stay as usual and fill the center of the screen as usual.
Unlike the standard lock screen interface, Sh4dow is fully configurable. Once installed, the tweak adds a dedicated Settings section to the Settings app, where users can configure a variety of different options to their liking:
Here are some of the things you can do:
- Switch Sh4dow on or off as required
- Select which apps will be used as “Favorite Apps” for the Dock
- Color Sh4dow as you wish
- Adjust the size of labels and app icons
- Configure the positioning of UI elements
- Optimize various options to your heart’s content
Since there’s a lot to do here, we’ll dive into each setting area in more detail below:
In the Favorite Apps settings area, you can select which of your apps should be used for the Sh4dow Dock. Here you can select up to six different apps from a list of the available apps on your device:
In the Color Picker settings area, you can make color choices for various user interface elements that are linked to Sh4dow:
Here you can color or customize, among other things:
- The color of time
- The date color
- The weather text color
- The color of the battery label
- The color of the battery icon
- The gradient color
- The shadow color
- Adjust the opacity of the shadows using a slider
Label and symbol size
You can adjust various text and symbol sizes in the Label and Symbol Size settings area:
The options available for configuration here include:
- Journal type
- Date font
- Weather font
- Battery font
- Battery icon
In the “Position” settings area, you can tweak where everything is displayed on the Sh4dow lock screen:
Options here are:
- Time offset-Y
- Date offset-Y
- Weather offset-Y
- Battery offset Y
- Notifications Offset-Y
- Mask (top)
- Mask (below)
Everything else is in the Misc settings area, which includes the following options:
- Hide the home bar
- Hide the Control Center Grabber
- Hide the camera shortcut button
- Hide the shortcut for the flashlight
- Hide the status bar
- Hide the Sh4dow dividing line
- Hide the Sh4dow application shortcuts
- Hide the Sh4dow Now Playing interface
- Choose a blur effect for notifications:
- Select a haptic feedback type:
When the configuration of Sh4dow is finished to your liking, the developer will provide a respring button in the upper right corner of the settings area where you can save any options you have configured.
While getting used to the Sh4dow interface will take some time, once you are used to Apple’s native lock screen interface, the benefits certainly outweigh the break-in time as the third-party option offers a lot more. To the example, the weather indicator is a nice touch, as is the six-shortcut dock.
It’s worth noting that Sh4dow is only intended for iPhones (and should work on iPod touchs as well), but is not intended for the iPad.
If you are interested in trying Sh4dow for yourself then you can Buy it for $ 2.00 from the Packix repository . The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 14 devices.
What do you think of how Sh4dow makes the lock screen look like? Let us know in the comment section below.