Apple Web OS: a theme that mimics Apple’s online store

By , May 31, 2013

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If pressed, I would say that I consider myself an Apple fan. I love my iPhone, and my iPad, and I’m typing right now on a MacBook Pro. But even I cringed a bit when I first laid eyes on this new DreamBoard theme called Apple Web OS.

As the title states, Apple Web OS essentially gives your iPhone a complete ‘Apple web store’ makeover. Instead of icons it has product photos, and instead of pages it has tabs. It’s actually very authentic, which can either be a good thing or a bad thing…

For those who don’t know how DreamBoard works, it’s a lot like WinterBoard, but way more user-friendly. Downloaded themes should populate in the DB app, and from there it only takes a single tap to load them up.

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Once you load up Apple Web OS, the entire look of your iPhone’s UI will change. You’ll see grey tabs at the top that read: Media, Games, Settings and Tools, which all lead to customizable pages, and below that you’ll see all of your apps spread throughout the page as icons, tiles and text links.

Again, the theme is spot on from a visual standpoint. Graphics are sharp, and the layout of the different images and tiles was obviously very well thought out—it looks identical to Apple’s website.

But that’s where the compliments stop. I’ve had the theme for a few days now, and I’ve discovered that I can’t leave it on for more than a few minutes without going nuts. Its ‘web store’ design makes it very hard to navigate, and almost impossible to find anything. To give you an idea, I frequently found myself opening the ‘App Shelf’ and scrolling through a list of 200 apps or so just to launch something like Chrome or Messages.

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To be fair, a lot of the confusion can be remedied by tweaking the theme’s settings. It’s tedious, but you can set each individual shortcut, tile, icon—you name it, on every page, to whatever app you want. Apple Web OS is very customizable.

But is it worth the trouble? Maybe. It’s my belief that there are 2 kinds of themes: there’s ones that appeal to most everyone, like ayecon, and then there’s more niche ones that folks are either going to really like, or really hate. I think this one falls in the latter category. So you’ll have to decide for yourself.

The good news is, it won’t cost you anything to check it out. Apple Web OS is available in Cydia, in the ModMyi repo, for free.

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  • Andrew

    I wont use it, but it’s awesome!

  • Ricky

    Its kinda great… Will try it someday hahahaha. Unique design yet beautiful. And its free

  • Ben

    How about not…

    • sivkai

      How about you show some respect? There’s no need for your snarky comment.

      • Ben

        I was merely voicing my own opinion. Not everyone must like everything and I for one don’t like this theme. Do you have an issue with that? Why don’t you go sort out your Twitter account by delete those vulgar images from it instead of whining about what other people think.

      • Electric Penis

        Don’t mind Sivkai, he’s just a spineless pussy.

      • FreddyPancakes

        Damn, scrotumless and spineless? Talk about a lack of support…

      • Electric Penis

        Well, shucks. iDB deleted my comments, because apparently Sivkai can be an insufferable ass, while I cannot. What is he, twelve?

        What a bad age to lack a spine and scrotum; he will not last too long in the real world later on.

      • Dan

        well said!

      • Ben

        Thank you. Sadly, iDB now hosts a large population of people that are ignorant to other peoples opinions.

      • sivkai

        There’s nothing wrong with voicing a differing opinion, your comment, however, came across as rude and condescending. A simple, “Not for me” would have sufficed.

        Also I would prefer if you don’t stalk my Twitter account you pathetic loser.

      • Falk M.

        There’s a difference between checking and stalking.
        If you don’t want strangers on your account, set it to private. If you need public tweets, get a second account.
        If you find latter annoying, nag Twitter to be less moronic about privacy settings and go with the time. Hehe

      • sivkai

        I don’t mind opening my Twitter for public viewing (heck I encourage it, it gets me more followers!), I just didn’t appreciate him applying the term “vulgar” to my Twitter account. I made a few silly Siri jokes which I’m sure everyone has done, and he’s using that slander me. I just find that desperate and pathetic, only a stalker would go to such lengths.

      • Electric Penis

        LOL, OH GOD. I’m reading more of your comments, and you’re just… are you twelve?

      • sivkai

        With a username like that, I think you are the one who’s twelve
        Anyway, it’s quite obvious you are ‘Ben’. Our conversation is over. But feel free to waste your time replying :D

      • Ben

        Stalk your Twitter account?! Son, maybe you shouldn’t log into Disqus with it then.

      • sivkai

        I’m laughing at how you are down voting all my posts. You sad, lonely person. This conversation is over, go crawl back into your mom’s basement.

      • Electric Penis

        Dude, dude… you’re making yourself look like such a mindless cuntberry. Also, iDB thought police will censor me again people, you just watch!

      • Farbod

        Where did u get your profile pic? It’s cool.

      • Electric Penis

        How about you go take a long walk off of a short bridge?

  • Maaz

    This theme is awesome But dream boards make my iPHONE 4 laggy

    • Bob

      Dreamboard themes make all iPhones laggy, they’re not practical. I always end up returning to stock.

      • R4

        Ayecon doesnt lag :/

      • Romar Edwards

        Nice

      • Bob

        Ayecon is a winterboard theme, not a dreamboard one. It just changes icons, dreamboard themes change the whole UI. I could be wrong but I think the reason for lag whilst using dreamboard themes is because it doesn’t actually change the UI but like puts another layer ontop of existing UI.

      • Maaz

        True BOB

  • Luke

    they got the bar at the top all wrong
    !

    • Ben

      Watch out! @Sivkai might lecture for not liking something? (Read above comments)

      • Electric Penis

        Sivkai is a scrotumless moron.

      • Luke

        aha yes ive seen. all i mean is the theme looks very nice except for the top bar, which sadly is not very hard to make. in fact my website is apple themed and i made this (http://static.tumblr.com/vfl9i0f/1UGmjdtx3/ss.png) in a few minutes.

  • Kurt

    Nicely done, but uffff, why???

  • Chuck Finley

    Utterly horrible and useless.

  • Dan

    looks well thought out and original, and it’s free! But this wouldn’t be the theme for me.

  • http://willowwhispers.tumblr.com/ Mohamad Amin

    Spelling mistake; first paragraph, second sentence: “rght* now..”

  • @dongiuj

    This is identical to an older dream board theme from a couple of years ago. Nice but too fidley.

  • Dylfo

    Dreamboard sucks up too much battery slows my 4s down and doesn’t work well with zephyr which is a bummer because I lie what it does its just the negatives are too big

  • Greenhaze22

    I read the comments for a number of reasons. 1). to get additional information on a product, 2). to hear different opinions and perspectives that may help me make decisions I hadn’t considered or 3). learn from those much more informed than me.
    What i don’t want to see in the comments are the child like back and forth from (I assume) adults.
    Let’s lock that kind of banter, down and stick to the topic. Please.
    Oh yeah. I like the theme. Won’t use it but it’s pretty impressive.

  • batongxue

    Very interesting and creative.
    Don’t know if you guys ever heard of the LCD Retro theme on Android. It really looks awesome.
    Wish some dev could make it possible for iOS.

  • bens sandaore

    no clue where to find the source for ModMyrepo?

  • http://www.eraser.org B. Braun

    This theme does not work on older devices like iPhone 4 and 4s because parts of it can only be seen on the larger iPhone 5 screen. For example: If you go to “Configure Theme’, you’ll be missing the arrow to go back to the desktop mode,

  • Tom

    only clicked on this article because it said Webos but i was disappointed

  • Dixon

    Hmmmm … Interesting but there are other and imo better dreamboard themes .. Newos for example

  • http://WorldstarHipHop.com/ Joshua Jones Makaveli

    Looks sweet I would use it.