I got a chance to look at the brand new version of LockInfo a bit early so I’ve put together my thoughts for you guys to check out while you (im)patiently wait for the public release.
For those of you that don’t know, LockInfo is a great little jailbreak app that makes up for the poor (read: lack of) notification system Apple has left us with under iOS. I wrote a LockInfo setup and walkthrough a while back and now we’re going to look at the newest version of LockInfo by David Ashman.
As you can see from the screenshot above, LockInfo has gotten a pretty big face-lift in 3.0. You now have the option to select different themes within the app. The themes provided are much cleaner than the add-ons in Cydia as well. As of now, you’ve got the option of classic, dark, light, and iOS. All of them look exceptionally good. I also like the fact that you don’t have to respring in order for a theme change to take effect. You do, however, need to exit out of settings.
Besides themes, you’ll now notice that LockInfo has added support for in-line images. When you receive a Facebook notification, the Facebook icon will appear in your notification feed. Same with Twitter, Boxcar, games, and pretty much anything you get notifications for. E-mails and texts also have in-line image support as well. It just makes the entire notification feed look more streamline. Less Windows today screen like and more iOS like. Along with in-line images, you’ll also notice that text will wrap instead of cutting off. Extremely nice for reading a whole text message from the lockscreen. Obviously longer messages or e-mails will cut off at some point, but the preview is significantly longer.
Another new feature is the addition of favorites which aggregates all your favorite contacts from your phone book into LockInfo. I honestly don’t know how I’d live without this feature after using it. To be able to just tap a favorite contact from the lock screen to call or text them is a breath of fresh air. It’ll aggregate all your favorites so all you have to do is swipe left and right in order to page through them, just as you do on your home screen already.
The settings panel hasn’t changed much except for the addition of themes. Everything will be exactly like your used to. It wasn’t a huge transition from the last version. All your current settings and tweaks should still be there when you upgrade so no re-configuring everything.
Overall, LockInfo 3.0 is an amazing improvement to an already great application. It’s obvious David Ashman has put a tremendous amount of work into making this version the best release of LockInfo yet. It’d be wise of Apple to take a look at programs like LockInfo and learn from them. LockInfo brings the iPhone to a whole new level of usability for me and bringing it to mainstream users should be inevitable by now. But if iOS 5 doesn’t bring a new notification system with it, I’ll be perfectly content with LockInfo 3.0.
LockInfo currently runs for $7.99 in Cydia. You can also follow the developer, David Ashman, on Twitter as well at @Stimpy5050.
To all you jailbreakers out there, let us know what you think!