This beautiful iPhone 5 theme does not require a jailbreak

By , Jan 22, 2013

Black Orbs

Lately I guess you can say we’ve been on a kind of non-jailbreak kick. With that in mind, we’re happy to show you how you can get this awesome looking theme on your iPhone 5 without jailbreaking. The theme is called Black Orbs, and it features 31 different app icons that link to some of the more popular apps on the iPhone.

Obviously, since we have no iPhone 5 jailbreak yet, some compromises had to be made. Unlike WinterBoard, you can’t outright replace the look of an app icon with that of another. Instead, the developer of Black Orbs strategically used web clips and an easy to install profile to pull it off. It’s certainly not the perfect solution for a true iPhone 5 theme, but you have to admire the work here. Take a look inside as I show you how to install Black Orbs on your iPhone 5.

You can download and install the theme using this link. The black wallpaper can be grabbed here.

It’s as easy as installing the profile from the link above directly on to your iPhone. You don’t need to manually link or make any icons, it’s all automatically done for you. You will definitely need to download the black wallpaper to complete the look, as it looks a bit weird on patterned wallpaper. Even if you don’t choose to use black wallpaper, just make sure the background is solid.

The developer notes that installing the profile won’t harm your iPhone, so don’t worry. Actually, if you watch the video embedded above, you will see the exact contents of the profile installation. As noted, it contains the 31 web clips, which are linked to popular apps using url shortcuts. It works very much like the popular app called Launch Center Pro, which allows you to launch apps using URL shortcuts.

The developer says that he’s working on adding support for more apps, and that he will make more icons per request. Currently the package includes support for the following apps:

  • Messages
  • Google Voice
  • Apple Maps
  • Google Maps
  • App Store
  • iTunes
  • Safari
  • Facebook
  • Find My Friends
  • Google Drive
  • iBooks
  • Music
  • Mail
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Waze
  • Box
  • Dropbox
  • SoundHound
  • Mobile Mouse
  • Google Earth
  • Light
  • Reminders
  • Calendar

That’s an excellent start, but remember that not all apps are compatible with URL handles. Notably, things like the stock phone app are no where to be found due to this.

Another thing to keep in mind is that installing this profile is pretty much all or nothing. You can’t pick and choose which app icons you wish to have appear on your device. That being said, you can easily place your device into wiggle mode, and delete the app icons that you have no use for. If you try to open a web clip for an app that isn’t installed on your device, then no harm is done, of course. The icon will simply open to a blank white page until you install the app in question.

To remove the theme, simply go to Settings > General > Profile and uninstall the Black Orbs profile. Afterwards, reboot your device. You can also use our handy non-jailbreak respring shortcut instead of rebooting.

Obviously a non-jailbreak theme like this is not as good as the real deal, but I’m pretty impressed with Black Orbs. What do you think?

Update: new working links added above. Apparently the downloads were so high that it broke the links.

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  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Wish there were ways to install ‘Activator’ and ‘Landscape Lock Rotation’ without jb rather than this..

    • Guest

      Pretty funny that some people wish for the impossible.
      P. S.: I am sure many will dislike. Why? Because they have no clue and just want to have everything. Peace out, non-developers.

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        Installing a theme without non-jb device was impossible till now, hence my comment..

      • Guest

        This is no real theme… It’s just some webclips, that could have been done years ago, but you know, the niveau (or do English say “level”?) of the iPhone Tweaks is sinking since a long time.

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        Can you do this kind of work? Until you have perfected it yourself, don’t question the talent behind making such things.

      • Guest

        LMFAO, you make me laugh. I can do this, and much more. Talent behind this? Dude, you seriously have no clue.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Cooper/100000164561256 Matthew Cooper

        I have a clue. I remember your work. It was dog shit

      • Guest

        LOL? Why did so many people love it then? Huh? Tell me. Oh, wait, I know myself. It’s because I am genius and you are .. um… shit.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Cooper/100000164561256 Matthew Cooper

        2000 downloads? And u are proud of that? Editor please tell me how many phones were recorded as being jailbroken. Face it your tweak didnt go platinum, it went plastic.

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        haha couldn’t have said it better if I tried

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn
      • Guest

        Sales are not the same as downloads you idiot.

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        Hmmm no, you’re right. I guess a lot more people pirate your stuff since they don’t think it worth any real money

      • Guest

        Get a fucking life you ugly kid, honestly, people who are as dumb as you should be shot, you are just a shame for this world. Go hang yourself, so nobody has to waste a bullet on you. Bye.

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        let me take a moment to quote your worthless comments “Wow, you are still stalking me… Get a life, dude.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Cooper/100000164561256 Matthew Cooper

        Rudolf, for someone that is a developer u would think u wouldnt treat your customers the way u do. You are a douche with shitty apps I wouldnt give u a nickel out of pity for your tweaks or your attitude.

      • Guest

        Wow, you are still stalking me… Get a life, dude.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Cooper/100000164561256 Matthew Cooper

        Good one. I see u are still jacking off to that book of comebacks. Whats right is right.u suck at being social amd u suck at developing. Go lay down on a knife

      • Kurt

        i heard android tweaks are growing

      • EpicFacepalm

        It is and was possible with iFunbox + artwork files. Google it if you want.

      • Z3r0ViP

        and why are u still in guest mode huh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bernardo.sein Bernardo Sein

    Will it work with ipod 5???

    • Jeff

      I don’t see why it would not.

  • http://twitter.com/xXJeanmarchpXx JeanMarc

    To delete do you remove the profile?

    • Infone

      Yes, or each icon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Johannes.Mertens Johannes Mertens

    Well it’s a good idea in non-jailbreak times, but i dont like to waste time while opening my apps, because it first has to open Safari :-)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaredstrugala/ geetarspaz

    Well, for starters it’s awesome it doesn’t need a jailbreak. But they could of at least picked a better theme. I mean the iPhone 5″ now has a 4″ beautiful retina screen with the most color depth it has before, lets see some creativity and not go back into the stone age with black and white.

    • Kurt

      i miss the old illumine from 3.0 days. i think that was the name? the one with the colored light under the icons. but with the retina screen the guy made kinda sucked unfortunately. for some reason it doesn’t work on my 4S. some icons are really huge and others normal size. and the icons (my opinion of course) aren’t as nice as the original.

  • ExRoot

    All these little non jailbreak tweaks are so cute. Kind of like the sparkling cider I give my son on new years instead of grown-up champagne.

    • makolpiyush

      exactly..

    • Jeff

      LOL! That almost made me spit out my Coffee.

    • pauleebe

      This is perfect

    • Denmark

      I dont understand you Americans.
      You Can go Down the street, buy guns and machine-guns, but if some young boy want to drink a beer, he Definitely is a criminal ..

      • Kurt

        where’s denmark?

      • CHRIS

        you CAN BUY MACHINE GUNS IN AMERICA? DON’T THINK SO BUDDY. HOW IS BUYING A GUN A CRIME? And why would it be a good idea for under aged kids to drink alcohol? ITS BAD ENOUGH THAT ITS LEGAL ALREADY SO MANY PEOPLE DIE DAILY FROM IT.

  • Curtis

    nice

    • iPhone5&sgs2

      I hope it can be removen easily if it does i will download it.

      • Jeff

        It can, see the end of the post.

      • iPhone5&sgs2

        Thank you !

      • Johnathan Jennings

        Doing this on my iPhone 5 will no longer allow me to put apps inside of newsstand. And yes, I am doing all of the steps correctly. When I go to move the app into newsstand it’s like the screen doesn’t know I’m touching it. I have to hit the home button to even get the UI to become responsive again.

      • Infone

        It is, and you can delete individual apps as you see fit.

      • http://www.twitter.com/macmixing Dom Esposito

        Hey Infone. It looks like your DropBox links have been disabled. I wouldn’t mind hosting the theme over at CydiaHacks. com If you’d like. We were thinking of making a non-JB theme section there.

  • makolpiyush

    HaHaaa.. Desperate measures without jailbreak.. When is apple gonna release the 6.1? so that we get a taste of jailbreak release..

    • FabianPVD

      Actually it’s called being resourceful. We don’t see you making any resourceful things with your time.

      • makolpiyush

        well buddy, i dunno what to say if you are expecting every optimistic jailbreaker to be a developer. or u wont try to contradict if you really understand what i wrote?? desperate measures leads to being more resourceful.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.higgins.12 Brandon Higgins

      6.1 beta 4 expires Monday of next week week. We will see either beta 6 or GM in which case a jailbreak may come soon in GM is released.

  • http://twitter.com/af0erster31 a.foerster

    Awesome but why is there this phone-app-problem? Is there a way to fix that? How do you make your own theme?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002687066731 Ricky Stott

      install iphone configuration utility and edit the profile in there to customize it.

      • http://twitter.com/af0erster31 a.foerster

        Thank you!! But how is it possibe to edit the profil?? Can´t find the option…

      • Infone

        You’d have to start from scratch, unfortunately. They’re just web clips made with iPhone configuration utility and I whipped up some icons to go with them. You could use anything, it’s just that you don’t see the inherent shadow with a black background.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002687066731 Ricky Stott

        you can edit the profile, download it onto your computer (by clicking the link) then just add it to your profiles

    • Infone

      The phone icon actually is for Google Voice. You can create you own speeddial shortcuts with aHomeIcon.

      • http://twitter.com/af0erster31 a.foerster

        thank you :)
        Why are there not all stock app icons?

  • Mac

    Beautiful would not be the first words that come to my mind when I see this….

  • http://twitter.com/KraKsX KraKsX

    Pretty cool idea
    need: settings, camera, weather, photos, clock

  • http://twitter.com/MHCsk MHCsk

    Lol, these non-jailbreak tweaks will die so fast when the real jailbreak is released.

    • Guest

      Well it depends. I think there are more iOS users who don’t jailbreak because their device might blow up or something. lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/cameron.nelms Cameron Nelms

        true…

  • http://twitter.com/af0erster31 a.foerster

    who is the dev?

    • Infone

      Me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.higgins.12 Brandon Higgins

    It’s too bad it doesn’t feature all the stock apps such as photos and camera. Also if this can be done with this theme it could be done with any other so I’d like instructions.

    • Infone

      I made this theme. Sorry, there are no URL handles available for those apps, yet. You could download aHomeIcon and make more yourself as they come available. If you have the means, you look in each apps info.plist to find out the URL schemes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryanjames.christensen Ryan James Christensen

    Incase some of you are wondering, this also works on the iPhone 4S

  • http://twitter.com/owlcityhootowl Andrew’s OwlCity

    I WANT: Ayecon without jailbreak

    • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.m.simon Stephen Michael Simon

      I tried liking this multiple times but only let me like it once. I miss Ayecon so much… Has the developer still been updating the theme consistantly after 6.0 was released?

    • LiusGustavsson

      That… um… WHY ISN’T THIS REALITY ALREADY

  • pauleebe

    You spend this time making a non-jail broken theme through a profile, and come up with this? Props for trying, but UGLY!

    • Infone

      Because it’s NOT the stock square ones, and looked good over a black background.

  • Irfan Tarique

    I like the idea of non jailbreak tweaks … but jailbreaking has its won advantages.

  • Aj Andrade

    Does it work on iPod touch 5thgen

    • Infone

      Yup

  • http://www.facebook.com/shingo.hoshino Shingo Hoshino

    only black?

  • PETERpH

    Jeff I like the idea you giving to people to start thinking outside the box. From the JB..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1533908901 Karan Nagpal

    hey could you guys make a new post about your top tweaks that dont need a jailbreak :)
    it would be awesome :)
    thnx ;)

  • http://hbang.ws/ Adam D

    > Notably, things like the stock phone app are no where to be found due to this.

    The phone app does have a URL scheme, tel:.

    • Infone

      Yes, but it needs a phone number with it. I wish it just opened the phone app, but it immediately tries to make a call. So, you can make your own speed dial shortcuts with aHomeIcon or http://www.zetalight.com/ishortcuts/

  • paolokhayat

    error 501 on the download link :(

  • Mysteroy3k

    I’ve been doing the same thing with my iPhone 4S . Finding tweaks without jailbreaking and it’s being going great for me. Even the plugins

  • adam lompis

    Ah the link has been down! Servers are to full! Hopefully they will be up soon!!

  • Infone
  • http://twitter.com/hunterray555 hunter ray

    this could be come the future of theming if jailbreak dies. Users might also start creating this stuff, I mean all this is is just replacing a app icon, which leads to saari, then goes to the app. Unless you’re on a slow iPod touch 1, it is no problem to wait 1/2 second more for the app to open.

  • http://twitter.com/hunterray55 pwned apple
  • koonlay

    Use to have a jailbroken iPhone. But without it now, it’s like holding just a phone with the ‘i’ missing. I miss Ayecon, swipebright, bitesms, swipeback… I miss jailbreak!!!

  • Ian

    I really wish Glasklart could be installed…

  • Kyle

    Does this work with iphone 4?