iOS 7 finally brought Notification Center to the lock screen but for a very long time before that, we have had tweaks like Dashboard X that lets you control notifications and system settings without unlocking your device. ayra is a new Cydia release that brings the Notification Center to the iPhone’s lock screen, but in a way that is totally different from iOS 7. Sure, you have to swipe downwards to reveal the NC, but that’s where all the similarities end. With ayra, you get a bunch of system toggles much like SBSettings, and the notifications displayed in it are interactive, much like in Android. You can handle each notification individually by choosing to dismiss it or launch the corresponding app. In addition to all these great features, ayra has a lovely interface, and an iOS 7-like translucent look to it.
ayra adds a menu of its own to the stock Settings app, but the main changes are made to the lock screen automatically once you install the tweak to your iPhone. To see ayra in action, go to the lock screen and swipe down from the arrow displayed at the top of the screen. Even before that though, you are sure to notice the transparency brought to the mix by the tweak. If your device is on charging, there is no black screen and the wallpaper remains visible behind the battery icon. The status bar and the lock screen slider turn transparent as well.
Inside the actual ayra NC, instead of widgets, the top of the screen houses a set of system toggles. There are a total of 16 toggles offered by the tweak, and you can access all of them by swiping across the list. If you want to change their order, head to the tweak’s menu in the Settings app. This menu also has a toggle that can let you disable ayra altogether, but that requires a respring in order to take effect.
For notifications, you just have to tap each one to get the ‘Remove’ and ‘Launch’ options. The default slide-to-unlock gestures remains functional as well. To dismiss the the ayra Notification Center, simply hit the Home button or swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen.
ayra is available in the BigBoss repo of the Cydia store. The tweak costs $1.99, and if you have been looking a little enviously at the iOS 7 Notification Center, it’s a must-have. Once iOS 7 comes out though, ayra might become redundant.