Activator has been around on iOS for so long that people have started using it almost without thinking. Still, there are many Activator-based tweaks and toggles that keep coming out to meet the ever-changing needs of the jailbreak community. Recently, we have seen FlipSwitch, which seems to be harboring a lot of potential related to gestures. On a smaller scale, DoubleTap is quite innovative as well. Knober is another tweak belonging to the same genre, although it is completely independent of Activator. With Knober, users get the option to configure the lock screen slider to perform an action of their choice. This action can be to control the camera LED or toggle a system setting like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, etc. The best thing about the tweak is that it does not interfere with the default functionality of the slider in any way, and the gesture it is based upon is distinct enough to ensure that users never end up performing it accidentally.
Knober has to be configured by heading to the stock Settings app, where it adds a menu of its own. The main screen of the menu only houses two options: ‘Enable’ and ‘Action’. It is no big mystery what the first toggle does, while the other menu can be used to choose the action that you want to associate with Knober. Presently, the available options let you control flashlight, WiFi, Airplane mode, Bluetooth, orientation lock, pause/play for the stock Music app and cellular data. You don’t have to worry about configuring a gesture for Knober, since it only has one. To perform your selected action, simply drag the lock screen slider all the way to the right, and then without letting the knob go, pull it back to its original position. That’s it – the action you chose should now be carried out by Knober.
Although Knober is a fairly useful tweak in its current state, one can’t help but think of it as a work in progress. The developer should add a way to perform multiple actions using the slider, as for now, the tweak can only be considered a one-trick pony. However, if there is one setting that you use very frequently, grab Knober from the ModMyi repo of the Cydia store. The tweak fetches for exactly $1 rather than the 99 cents price tag that comes with a lot of tweaks. So, give it a go if the gesture seems worthwhile to you.