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One of the things that many iOS device users take advantage of on a daily basis is the passcode screen. It helps keep those that we don’t want playing with our iOS devices out of them.

 So while you’re at it, why not make your passcode screen cooler than just a grid of numbers or a keyboard of letters? You can with a new jailbreak tweak called XPasscode by iOS developer Jonathan Winger Lang.

XPasscode comes with a number of different passcode themes that you can configure to your liking. Shown above are just three of the options that the tweak comes with. The pre-installed themes that you have to choose from include the animated grid shown above, a non-animated grid, the piano shown above (which is actually a version of Piano Passcode), and the cat shown above. The tweak lets developers create their own themes to use with XPasscode as well, so the possibilities aren't limited to what the tweak comes with out of the box.

From the tweak's preferences pane, you will be able to configure your passcodes to your liking, and pick the one that you want to use:

 You will be able to enable and disable the tweak on demand, as well as choose your theme, choose your theme’s passcode sequence, and configure other options such as the alpha level, muting the sounds of your passcode themes, forcing the showing of your passcode theme whether you have an actual passcode or not, and enabling or disabling the hide passcode button from the lock screen.

NOTE: You should enable the "Force Show" option from these settings when you pick a passcode theme from XPasscode. It seems to fix a bug with some passcode themes not appearing when you save it. You will need to enable and disable the "Force Show" option every time you change passcode themes for your changes to take effect.

You will also find your help and support links, as well as a guide on how to create your own passcode theme from the main preferences page.

In the event that you want to choose the custom passcode sequence of one of your themes, you will visit the "Set passcode" cell after choosing a passcode theme and you can build your sequence from here:

If you want to see how the sequence works, you can tap on the “Show Overlay” button to let you know what parts of the theme can be tapped on and added to your sequence. You can set your sequence by tapping on the elements that make up the theme, and the tweak will automatically record your taps. To save a sequence, you should tap on the "Save & Respring" button. You will get a message asking if you want save the code, and it will remind you the code you are about to set. Dont forget this code!

Now when you go to unlock your device, your saved passcode theme will appear and you will need to enter the sequence that you set from the settings application.

 The developer has put together a video demo of XPasscode in action that you can view below:

If you would like to give XPasscode a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository for $1.99. Because XPasscode comes with Piano Passcode built right in, if you purchased Piano Passcode already, you can get XPasscode for the discounted price of 99¢. If you purchase XPasscode and don't own Piano Passcode yet, you will get Piano Passcode for free. Don't forget to check out Control Unlocker as well!

XPasscode is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 5.0 or later.


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