Don’t you just hate it when you download an App Store App onto your beautiful iPhone 4, only to be presented with some ugly low-resolution app icon? I don’t know about you, but the first thing I do is throw that bad boy in a folder somewhere. Can’t have that ugliness de-beautifying my Retina display.

Thankfully, there are ways to convert your icons to retina-worthy icons, but those methods all required some form of end-user intervention. RetinaAppIcons is a jailbreak tweak that promises to take care of all of the dirty work for a nominal fee of $0.99 cents, but does it work as advertised?

Once you install the tweak, all it takes is another respring, and all of your existing App Store Apps that lack retina compatible icons will automatically be converted.

I was skeptical at first, but I witnessed it work as promised. Oddly enough, a lot of times subtle aspects of the icon would change as well, like this “free” badge in this instance.

But that’s not a big deal, because even with the subtle changes that sometimes occur, the icon is always much more attractive than it was before, due to the added pixel density.

What a perfect solution for those with lots of apps from lazy developers who have yet to update their app icons. The developers of the tweak say it works with 99.9% of all App Store Apps, and although there’s no way for us to truly test this, it fixed all of my low-resolution icons with no issue.

It’s easy to recommend RetinaAppIcons, because at just $0.99 cents on Cydia, it will make your iPhone’s home screen more aesthetically pleasing, and requires minimum effort on your part.

Do you still have a lot of outdated low-resolution icons littering your iPhone’s screen?

  • This is awesome, I love this tweak! Very much needed.

  • Eric

    Freaking awesome. First new thing on Cydia in a long time that wasn’t another version of a tweak with a slight change trying to get 3 bucks out of me.

  • Rainrose

    Love it! 🙂

  • AL R

    @Eric

    iRetiner is a terminal package that makes icons retina when you run it in Terminal. It is found on ihacksrepo.
    It is also free. I think this app is a waste of money.

    • Yes, iRetiner was linked, but again, iRetiner requires end user interaction while this doesn’t.

    • Hypno

      Not really, this app converts icons as soon as you download them and also retinizes spotlight icons..iretiniser doesn’t do either one of those things. This app is well worth the 0.99c I paid for it.

      • QuarterSwede

        iretiner changes the res of the spotlight icons as well. It just doesn’t change the icons without having to have the phone tethered. That’s what makes this worth 99c.

  • Tony

    Anyone having issues with it crashing your phone? (and going into safe mode) It’s sounds like others are fine so something I have installed must be conflicting? Maybe my theme?

  • Z

    “What a perfect solution for those with lots of apps from lazy developers who have yet to update their app icons.” – AppStore should have a section of LAZY apps so people know not to trust those LAZY developers. If you think about it, how hard could it be to place an additional higher res. icon with an @2x.png ext.

  • Kohl Weekley

    All this does is take the iTunesArtwork file in the app and convert it into a usable image by springboard. That’s why some icons are slightly different than the original. The iTunesArtwork file in the app isn’t always updated with actually app icon.

    • Zachary

      Omg thank you Kohl, I thought I was the only one who could figure this out…

      Come on people, redraws the icon, with slight changes? Doesn’t seem logical, now does it?

  • dr435t4

    screw this… it should be for free. time for sinfuliphonerepo.com to do their job!!!

    • Vitaliy

      Total failure. $.99 and you still wanna get it for free. You just put yourself lower than a bum(who actually cannot afford stuff, and you could)

  • Ugglerjay

    Didn’t work for me. Is it not compatible with some/all winterboard themes? I’m using illumine and the app doesn’t seem to have done anything at all.

  • CasperBoo

    Man, how cheap can you be?

  • CasperBoo

    Ugglerjay, that is because many Winterboard themes have their own icons for the most popular apps, so they are not showing you the icon that is in the app itself, which RetinaAppIcons is updating, but rather the theme is still going to show you the icons for those apps that are stored in themes folder. Don’t say it doesn’t work because it is working for you, you just aren’t seeing the right set of icons due to your theme.

    Turn off your them in Winterboard for a second and you WILL see the new icons, but the second you turn the theme back on, it will show the icons in the theme folder.

  • CasperBoo

    Personally, those that use full blown themes with Winterboard are newbs… after a while, you get over it and simply use Winterboard for all the other useful tweaks… besides most themes take up more resources than they are worth with the little you get back from an interface change. A good theme is going to change the whole feel of the interface without having to customize every damn icon… those with custom icons of popular apps are the themes that newbs use.

  • Odagman

    I paid for this app just to try it out. Never noticed a big difference, it just kept on slowing down my phone. So I uninstallled it.

    • Kohl Weekley

      If you don’t have a i4 device it’s kinda useless to buy it. It only works on Retina screen devices, for obvious reasons. Lol

  • Pepe

    i dont have a theme installed on my iphone 4 but when i installed the tweak it still doesnt work…my citibank and a couple other apps still are low res….i guess those apps are the 1 percent that cant be lol

  • Justin

    I bought this and like a few other guys here, it didn’t work. I have like 4 or 5 icons that are not high Rez now. Waste of money.

  • Jon

    Don’t buy it. With or without themes this tweak doesn’t do all that much. All of the apps that I needed high res icons for received no change. Typical mediocre crap the iPhone is building a reputation for. Can’t wait until good droid based phones hit AT&T…

  • Jon

    Don’t buy it. With or without themes this tweak doesn’t do all that much. All of the apps that I needed high res icons for received no change. Typical mediocre crap the iPhone is building a reputation for. Can’t wait until good android based phones hit AT&T…

  • Angelo

    Hmm, this doesn’t seem to be doing what it describes. I’ve installed a couple of apps and so far none of those app icons have changed to a higher res one. Even after a respring.

  • iAdddi

    NOT WORKING. What’s going on?

  • Anonymous

    Why doesn’t the developper update this for ios 5?? What a shitty developper, NEVER buying anything from them again.