Solstice theme

While the release of a Winterboard update with support for 64-bit devices is very exciting, the entire process of creating a theme has been fundamentally changed because of how iOS 7 is built. The move away from so-called “skeuomorphism” in favor of translucency and vector-based design creates additional barriers that theme makers didn’t face on iOS 6 and earlier… 

One of those theme makers is Tim Collins, a renowned designer with an impressive portfolio that includes 1derful, 1Derland, Ezra and RocketSauce. Each of his themes are very complex in nature, skinning everything from the Phone app keypad to chat bubbles in Messages. The unfortunate reality, however, is that iOS 7 makes that process a lot more challenging and time consuming.

Collins elaborated on behalf of designers in a PSA of sorts:

Since Winterboard was just updated, I wanted to update everyone on the limitations themers are faced with on iOS 7. Apple changed almost everything to “masked” images when they abandoned the skeuomorphic style we’d all grown used to over the years. This means almost every UI image you see is a simple black “shape” that has a solid color applied to it via coding.

That’s how the chat bubbles, phone dialer buttons, et cetera are all displayed now. Even SpringBoard icons are different; we can’t add frames, effects, or shadows anymore. It’s a black masked “shape” with the icon’s graphics laid on top. Bottom line, don’t expect themes to look anything like they did before. A lot changed, but we’ll do our best to customize where we can.

iOS 6 was different in the sense that it had static images that could be themed skeuomorphically, allowing for a more complete theme experience. Moreover, according to Collins, apps that could “auto skin” icons like IconHarvester and ThemeIconMaker are now rendered useless on iOS 7.

The good news is that theming iOS systemwide is still possible, albeit with a different approach. We’ve already seen quite a lot of beautiful looking themes for both iOS 7 and the iPhone 5s, and we’ll be highlighting a few of those in the near future right here at iDownloadBlog.

Any suggestions? Also, for those wondering, here is the wallpaper used above.

  • Ali Majid

    what is the theme name :p ?

    • Chris

      Solstice, free to download

      • Ali Majid

        thanks

      • diggitydang

        Does this work on A7 devices? I tried on iPad mini retina and it didn’t work… 🙁 Beautiful theme though!

      • David Gitman

        Works on my 5S

      • Dan

        tried on my iPad air and doesn’t work either, glad to know it’s not just me (nothing has worked so far, only changes the cydia icon).

      • diggitydang

        Glad it’s not me too! Thanks for letting me know…

      • ali

        cant find it, what its repo??

      • patrick

        Modmyi repo

      • ali

        cant find it!!

      • I get an error?

    • Captain Canada

      Nox theme by Kovdev on Android.

  • Kyle Travis

    I’m looking forward to Carla on iOS 7. Winfis Design is on it, so it shouldn’t take long!

  • Chris

    Regardless of the challenges that themes are presented Solstice is the first one I downloaded and the only one I downloaded yesterday, despite it being released just after Winterboard it’s a clear example of why iOS 7 is a great base for designers

    • bgibson72

      Agreed. It looks great. Forget about trying to skin every element of the OS and just go with icons!

      • on3simpleclick

        Agreed. The iOS7 UI is pretty decent, albeit, really white lol

      • bgibson72

        Thats an understatement, especially if you’re like me and can’t afford to upgrade from an iphone 4. It would be nice to get a dark theme, if that’s possible.

      • on3simpleclick

        Yeah, a dark theme would be a welcome site.

      • Mark

        Follow @frost on twitter he’s took the white ui and made it dark with some funky blue and orange highlights still no eta on it though but looking at pictures it’s going to be popular

      • bgibson72

        We’ll do, thanks for the info!

      • Mark

        Search Guillermo Moran @ frost on Twitter check out eclipse the dark ui

      • Mark

        Eclipse by Guillermo Moran @frost great dark ui no eta on twitter yet

      • GzyOnline

        why are you teasing me with this post!? :-@

      • mirmo

        you idiot, you just did that in the setting and turned on invert colors! settings>general>accessibility>invert colors

      • Mark

        Can’t you read mate I haven’t done this a developer has been working on, follow his twitter that’s also above, and grow out of the school kid behaviour

      • Mark

        They are clearly not inverted @ mirmo

      • bgibson72

        @frost is the wrong name…pretty sure. 😉

      • Mark

        Posted name above mate

      • Julian Gigola

        @fr0st

      • Julian Gigola

        it’s @fr0st

    • Mohamed Nasser

      What repo can i find it on ?

      • Chris

        ModMyi which comes standard with Cydia

  • klouud

    Very interesting. But why would anyone want to theme the UI in iOS 7? I spent most of my jailbreaking days trying to get the UI to look something like it does now. iOS 7 is a dream come true. Yes there are a few icons that drive me nuts – but 95% of iOS is just perfection.

    • Gróf Attila

      The reason i like to theme the icons is because i change the style in every few months and I dont get bored with the usual icons:)

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Same! Back in the days of iOS 6 a typical month started off with Ayecon, then Jaku and then FlatIcons and then…

      • on3simpleclick

        Same here lol. The wind changes its direction less than my mind does, when it comes to finding a theme I like lol

    • NotTodayThx

      So true…. I was the exact same, putting clean Default~iphone.png all over the place, i dont get the “eyes bleeding” slightly exagerated bs about the clean white. To me its perfect and that screener in this thread with the round icons with smileys & a square stock bite icon is pure hideous. But when there’s no camera grabber on ios 5 a tweak is made to put it there, when it becomes stock a tweak is made to remove it again! That seems about it with how many jb’ers? lol – takes all sortS to make a world & i guess apple must have a hard time pleasing most of the people most of the time, but each to there own, even if hideous to the max!
      Peace
      Ntt

  • on3simpleclick

    I’m sure that any designer worth his salt, will be able to make something that looks light years better than what Apple’s design team has thrown together; regardless of these changes introduced in iOS7. I think once Surenix & a few other well known designers get around to releasing their new themes, we will know what the technical limitations are of the changes Apple made.

  • Rached FRIGUI

    Soft Remix for iOS 7, free download !! It looks good with Five Icon Dock.

  • Chris Duncan

    I’m satisfied.

    • planetcoalition

      Hideous in every conceivable way. Just not my taste. Sorry.

      • NotTodayThx

        WoW thats horrible X infinity, but all power to u for being brave enuff to pimp ya phone out like its broken? lol
        Peace
        NTT

    • CPVideoMaker101

    • turtle

      what is your theme name?

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Maybe something like Dreamboard can overcome some of these limitations…

  • Rached FRIGUI

    Soft Remix for iOS 7, free download !! It kooks good with Five Icon Dock

    • nak

      how to remove the flue on springboard ?

    • Juan Pineda

      Font name please!

      • Jem Roxas

        Qarmic Sans bro 🙂

      • Juan Pineda

        Thank you!

    • Juan Pineda

      I like

      • Edgar

        Theme name please

      • Juan Pineda

        I use circulous and I made some icons with icon maker

      • FeF

        I like it, how do you get the 5 icons in dock?

      • Juan Pineda

        Infinidock

      • FeF

        Ty

    • Juan Pineda

      Futurama bold I like too 🙂

      • Juan Pineda

        Thanks!

  • John Bussell

    Holy crap… That’s my theme! On iDownloadBlog! Thank you so much guys, you have no idea how happy this has made me 🙂
    Solstice is available for free with an optional donation in the ModMyi repo, I just submitted an update today so it now has over 120 themed apps! 😀

    • on3simpleclick

      It looks fantastic mate, nice job! 🙂
      P.S, are you accepting requests for icons?

      • John Bussell

        Donation link is in the package description on cydia 🙂 send me an email through the package page and I’ll add icons to the list!

      • on3simpleclick

        Done & done (:
        Looking forward to see what icons you add (:

    • Jonathan

      Wow, they are incredible!!! Are they images, or as another post said, colors from code? If they are images, are you accepting images for apps? I am pretty skilled with Photoshop.

      • John Bussell

        For personal reasons I’m not accepting submissions, but thank you for the offer. I meant to include a base .psd file with the update I submitted earlier today, but I totally forgot 😛 I’ll put it in the next release, I promise!

      • Jonathan

        That’s fine. ;P
        Great job again. 🙂 One of the best themes I’ve found.

      • nice theme dude , keep the good work

    • Ana Paula

      You deserve it. Really nice theme.
      I’m jailbroken for years and never thought theming my iphone. I like the functional tweaks; never care too much about theming. When I saw the post, I really enjoyed the theme. Saw the name of it, gone to cydia, saw your twitter and wrote you. I’m not going to use, cause I have tons of other apps (regional/brazilian apps) and I won’t like to mix things up.
      But you deserve the congrats. Good job. At least, for me, best theme I ever saw (it’s far to say I never searched that much).

    • weztimonial

      awesome theme

    • Drake Miller

      Hi, I really like your theme ! But it doesn’t work on iPads, can you please support it?
      Thanks a lot 🙂

    • Mohamed Hassabo

      Does the theme change anything other than icons?

    • yim.keorithy

      Great job Mate, really like it

    • iPhoneinAU

      Thank for good work 🙂

    • onebyone_

      awesome theme!!
      I’m waiting for weaks to Jailbreak my iPh5 ( …battery life ) but when i saw this….oh man, I doing JB now just to get this theme. thanks for make it, you deserve it! very nice work!

    • Huntz

      I keep getting a ‘Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)’ error
      &
      ‘subprocess dpkg-deb frey -tarfile returned error exit status 2’ error when trying to install solstice from modmyi.

    • Likii111

      Pls just change Camera logo, everything else is very beautiful

    • Technocrz!

      I never used themed can anyone guide me how to install and customize themes, please waiting b

      • install winterboard

      • Technocrz!

        Thanks for reply, but its saying not currently supporting iOS7, then how its going to work

      • its was updated 2 days ago as i remember and its work fine with me
        iPhone 4s – ios 7.04

    • PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
      make it compatible with iPads even the 3G+
      Pleaase!

    • Nikhil Oza

      Really nice job!

  • dan bacon

    This is how I have mine set up now and I love it.

    • dan bacon

      This

      • Hansana Weerasooriya

        How did you remove the icon labels?

      • dan bacon

        I did it with bigify. It’s hard to tell but the apps are actually a little smaller as well.

      • At

        You can also do it directly from winterboard as well, in the settings part under themes.

      • Jonathan

        Are you using iWidget? Do you know any good music widgets?

      • dan bacon

        Yes I am. Honestly I only installed it for the android clock but I think there may be one. iWidget can get annoying because many widgets are uploaded in packs or bundled with themes which can make widgets difficult to find.

      • Jonathan

        I just type iwidget and hit search. A lot come up, but nothing with music.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I don’t even know if this is possible since iWidgets are essentially websites (they’re written in HTML). Perhaps MiniPlayer might do what you’re looking for though…

      • Abdl

        That looks like an android! Yuck!!

      • Dan

        you sound like a cretin

      • Abdl

        Im not a cretin niggah!! Its just my opinion

      • Dan

        when a facepalm isn’t enough…

      • 123bob

        that looks painful.

      • Is there an issue with android? I use android on my Nexus 7 and widgets are pretty damn useful

      • Dan

        some people just hate anything not Apple, especially android

  • Ben

    I have the Flat7 theme. I like the iOS 7 UI. The theme just makes the icon look better

  • Marco Bartolomeu

    Where can i get some dynamic wallpapers?

    • dan bacon

      A cydia package called iDynamic was just released. I haven’t used it, but you might want to check it out. Just remember dynamic wallpapers are a pretty bad battery killer.

      • Dan

        you need to pay though, they don’t see that great either 🙁

  • Everythingapplespro

    iOS 10 theme in Macciti !!

  • Ley

    Am i the only one having problem with the BigBoss Repo on an iphone5s ? (Not fetching)

    • Mohamed Shuaadh

      I was having the same issue but tried like 4 or 5 times and it was okay

  • Damon

    Does anyone has a nice looking iPad theme to share? I can’t seem to find any theme for ipads.

  • Chris Duncan

    Starting to get fun (again)!!!! #HateStockiPhones

    • not my thing.

      • Chris Duncan

        My thing!!

    • ErickMatheus

      How you put Hulk, SpiderMan and Bart on your screen? Theme? Wallpaper, please, share with us 🙂

      • Chris Duncan

        Animated Hulk
        Ringmaster
        Got the Yellow brick road from a Google image

  • At

    I never used winter board before but I am really liking the way I set mine up, no names under icons and I installed solstice as well, with circle icons.

  • Trygve Koren

    I themed iOS 7 with Nuerotech. There are a few things that need are not skinned but the basics are there. Using teaks for the 5 rows and hidding the dock. The biggest thing I had to do is redo the Icons, iOS 7 has a different naming for the icons than before.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Is this why in Jaku iFile has the correct bundle name but does not theme the icon?

  • MHCsk

    Yea, now the theming process will be even more time consuming -_- If you wanna check out my theme, it’s Simple iOS (supports iOS 4 – 7).

  • Soleros

    Is it possible to share the wall in the screen?

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    The theme the post is sick. I not really into theming but I might change my mind

  • Dan

    Anyone having trouble with iPad air? None of the themes work for me (cydia icon changes though).

  • Johann Medina

    where i can find that wallpaper? 🙂

  • StrongIsland

    There’s plenty of WB themes for ios 7 that look great. , solstice, the perfect ios, ios 10, ringmasker, ghost, 0bscure7, soft remix. All made for ios 7.

  • How’s My Setup?

    • MrKvnn

      Nice man! Wich theme do you use? And how do you get the icons in the midle of the screen? Tell me plz

  • I miss iOS and the beautiful themes. I love you iOS. Why do I have to have android devices .-. they are great and all, but I still haven’t had that level cuztomizations and easiness I had with iOS. :/ Quick, someone port iOS (any version is fine) to the Nexus 7 .-,

  • amoory

    Is it good or what ? 🙂

    • Hossein

      What font u are using(arabic)?

      • Hossein

        And how you added black borders to icons?!

      • amoory

        The arabic font cocon next arabic by use bytafont 1 not 2 and the black borders by Bigify+

      • Hossein

        Oh yes. I purchased it but i can’t dl it from big boss. So can you send me a link?! Byta font1 works?!

      • amoory

        Link for what ? And yes i use bytafont 1 for arabic font and bytafont2 for Engilsh font and yes it work on iphone5s .

      • Hossein

        Link for bigify+ v3!!!!

  • Paul Meneshian

    I like this

    • Nino 0raham

      name of it ?

      • Paul Meneshian

        redsgn and i use Bigify to shrink the icons a little

      • Nino 0raham

        u got it on a iphone 5s ? bigify

      • Paul Meneshian

        no the 5…but i think it supports 5S…double check the description in cydia

    • I get error?

  • ajayabishek

    Simplecircles. Just icons. 190kb

  • Johnny V

    Oh How MUCH I Regret Updating To iOS7 (-_- )# I Had Finished A NERV Theme For It Too Check It Out Guys Tell ME What U Guys Think

  • Johnny V

    Oh How MUCH I Regret Updating To iOS7 (-_- )#. I Had Finished A NERV
    Theme For It Too. Check It Out Guys Tell ME What U Guys Think

    • Daniel Eliasson

      that is absolutely tasteless.

      • Johnny V

        Lol How So?

      • Daniel Eliasson

        First off, the colors are absolutely vile. Secondly, a lot of icons are misaligned which makes the theme hurt my freaking eyes. This thing is just too cluttered and ugly.

      • Johnny V

        Colors Where Chosen To Follow The Anime Color Scheme, The Alignment Of Icons Are Straight The Wallpaper Gives The Effect That They Are 3D So Thats Y They Look Misaligned…As For That Last Part I Made This Theme For Lovers Anime Neon Genesis: Evangelion. So If You Knw The Series You Would Appreciate It And The Love That Went Into The Design And Overall Presentation Of The Icons, Folders, And Alerts Badges.

  • onebyone_

    doesn’t work on iPad2

  • Alberto Espinal

    Joe Rossignol should’ve written at the end of the article: Guys so lets see your themes!! So everyone would have show their Themes

  • Arif

    Probably the only theme I’ll bother keeping.

    • ErickMatheus

      Hello, how you put the padlock on your lockscreen? Please, share with us.

      • Arif

        It’s on the default Emoji keyboard. Got it there after some guy here had the same and shared it. Oh, and customLS.

    • TeachMeHowToDougie

      Theme name and font name please.. thank you

      • Arif

        Theme: Soft Remix
        Font: Cartogothic Std

    • Alberto Espinal

      Me too, clean and simple

  • truong

    Are the ipad icons same size as iphone icons? Would like to know if it is so I can get themes of the Iphone version cause I dont see any good ipad ones.

  • GzyOnline

    Thanks! I just installed 0bsecure 7-nice, but very minimalistic theme, doesn’t change any UI in settings, safari, mail, messages.. What good is a blacked out theme when you open up settings and get blinded by the ugy whiteness of iOS 7? :-/

  • Alan

    Some incredible themes working on my 5S

    • Edgar Gurrola

      what is that 1st theme i love it sooo much

      • Alan

        Jaku

  • James

    This is good. Maybe now themes won’t be so tacky and ugly.

  • Palani

    After i installed something i really dont remember, i cant load Winterb from settings, but from icon i can, I have try to reinstall every thing almost in cydia. The program i installed is now gone but it installed something with it, thats bad about fuknig cydia, remove the program, and it should also REMOVE the following files!

  • Palani

    After i installed something i really dont remember, i cant load Winterb from settings, but from icon i can, I have try to reinstall every thing almost in cydia. The program i installed is now gone but it installed something with it, thats bad about cydia, remove the program, and it should also REMOVE the following files!

    • dan bacon

      You should always take a screenshot when a package installs dependencies. If you remove cydia substrate it should get rid of everything so you can start from scratch.

  • Heart Sad

    can you tell me what download jailbreak ios7 ?

  • surein edwards

    Codethemed works for the most part, a few icons cant be changed (music and clock) but overall it seems to work

  • Yunsar

    This means that we can’t create our own themes by creating custom icons

  • Kamrul

    First time I’m not going to theme my using since I had an iOS device me thinks.

  • embet

    How can I arrange just 3 icons in one row?

  • Jerko

    Solstice is a GREAT theme!

  • kron1k 

    Can anyone tell me where the alert badge image is located in iOS 7?

  • Todd Buchanan

    Amazing thanks to the creator of Solstice for the new ios7 examples on the slider and status bar. Really the slider themeing I learned from the cod ghost slider but still thanks.

  • karwan

    peassss link making thems for ios 7.1 and post cydia