Give your iPhone’s UI a reboot with Motif

By , May 26, 2013

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I’m not usually a theme kind of guy. I know there are a lot of people out there that love customizing the look of their devices, and that’s awesome, but I’m more about functionality and minimalism.

That doesn’t mean, though, that I won’t give new and interesting themes a shot. I used ayecon for a long time, and then I had iMIUI for a bit. And over the past few days, I’ve been testing out Motif…

Motif is a new, dark-toned iPhone theme by a couple of really talented guys that call themselves MU. Like any good theme, it’s expansive, with enough icons (for stock and 3rd party apps), UI graphics and Cydia add-ons to completely change the look of your device.

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The first thing you should probably know about Motif is that it requires WinterBoard. Now, I don’t mind using WB—it’s easy to use and has come a long way stability-wise—but I know that’s a deal-breaker for some folks, so I mention it up front.

Once the theme is installed, you’ll notice a lot of changes: new lock screen, new Status bar, icons, Dial pad, iPod app—you name it. Nearly every UI element is covered, and anything that isn’t can probably be found in Cydia.

As far as how Motif looks, I find myself torn. I really like the darker (brown?) UI elements, and some of the icons. But I have to say, there’s also a lot of stuff I don’t like. For instance, I’m not fond of the signal bars in the Status bar (they look way out of place), and I could do without the brown and gold Dial pad. I also dislike how the toggles look, and some of the icons are hard to identify.

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But just because I found a few things to nitpick about, doesn’t make this a bad theme. These guys are obviously very talented, and I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who love, or will love, Motif. If you’d like to check it out for yourself, you can find it in Cydia, in the ZodTTD & MacCiti repo, for $4.

What do you think of Motif?

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  • Malan Raja

    Thanks for the review, i’d love to see more theme reviews!

  • Schalkb

    Great Music Album!!!

    • Melvco

      yes it is

  • RarestName

    I’ve been seeing a lot of theme reviews on iDownloadBlog lately!

    • http://twitter.com/aidanharris1 ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Which is good (in your opinion) or bad? Since I love themes but that’s just me….

      • RarestName

        I’ve been using themes since iOS 3 and I’ve always gone back to stock because it makes the most sense to me. The best theme that I’ve used would be iMIUI. I’m currently using their lock screen clock widget.

      • mrloko

        Notifications are overlying on the clock in iMIUI LS widget..any help ?

      • RarestName

        Make a folder according to this:

        themename.theme/Bundles/com.apple.TelephonyUI

        Make a 1×356 transparent image, name it “BarLCD@2x~iphone.png” and place it inside.

        It should be 1×178 for non-retina devices, and the name should be BarLCD~iphone.png.

        Apply the theme and the notifications should no longer overlap.

  • Guest

    i2HD All the Way

  • Hermès Vainstar Chu

    You can always delete the stuff you don’t like in the theme in ifile

  • Kyle Travis

    Looks good but I prefer Carla for iOS. Such a complete theme! Will you do a review here? I don’t understand why you haven’t yet! :P

  • Bob

    Decent icons, don’t like the colour scheme though, very dull looking.

  • JR_B70

    I use their themes on my S4 glad to see these guys getting some publicity!

  • http://young-smil-officiel.skyrock.com/ Young SMIL

    Looks great but I think that not all things go together. The style is a bit too “old” for me. I need more futuristic things.

  • Jack Avison

    You guys should check out a theme called boss iOS!

    • Steven Melton

      Boss is just to dark IMO. I switch between Ayecon and MIUI lately.

      • Jack Avison

        I guess you are right there.

  • Tony

    Love this theme except I cannot use it because I need my notifications for text to vibrate my phone and this theme shuts that off. If someone knows how to change that please post. Otherwise it’s an amazing theme!

  • Andrew

    I’m currently using Ando. It’s a white style theme. One of the more complete themes I’ve ever used. Almost all the stock apps are themed. Definitely worth a look if you like to theme.

  • http://twitter.com/omgwutsthat Clark

    This is ugly, not gonna lie. The only current iOS themes that are worthy of being put on a device is, well.. iMIUI.

  • Riley Freeman

    i like it but there are too many unrecognizable icons. to omany times i found myself trying to figure out what something was and had to open it. that is what is good about ayecon, you always know what each icon is.

    • Riley Freeman

      i.e. the winterboard icon. who the hell would know that was winterboad

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Greg-Whitaker/100000796710385 Greg Whitaker

    Eh, I’m a free-themer. Meaning I typically find a base theme, then snatch and install elements that I like from other themes using iFile since I’m a meticulous prick when it comes to how MY iPhone looks… Though I do wish someone would make a tweak that could replace various aspects of different files at the root rather than needing to run Winterboard on top of pre-existing files…

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.thurmond Justin Thurmond

    liking that its available in sd

  • Dixon

    Great Theme, like it .. But imo there are better themes available in cydia !!
    Check out “Ando” which is much better imo !!

  • Dady King

    Ayecon muawhh

  • Andrew

    Ando all the way.