Elite7 is an iPhone theme that goes far beyond custom icons

By , Feb 2, 2014

Elite7 Theme iOS 7

A few weeks ago, I spoke with a respected graphic artist about the new challenges that iOS 7 presents for theme makers. In concluding that article, I stated that while the all-new user interface would certainly prove more difficult to customize, it would still be possible with some new techniques. Right on queue, it appears that at least one person has volunteered for the task.

Philadelphia-based Rob Grohman (BarsOverBeats) has been working on an upcoming theme called Elite7 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and it is one beautiful package. I’m not just talking about a custom icon set, but rather one of the first themes designed to customize virtually the entire iOS user interface down to the tiniest details. We’ve got a sneak peek ahead… 

Control Center Elite7

Elite7 themes several iOS elements, from the Status Bar and Control Center to the bottom bars in the Safari and Mail apps. The smallest of “glyphs,” for lack of a better word, are even skinned, like app notification badges and the five symbols at the bottom of the Emoji keyboard. Grohman has been digging deep within the iOS filesystem to make these modifications, and has plans to theme virtually all glyphs he can find.

Grohman, a desktop infrastructure engineer, spoke to me about that process:

You can theme almost any ‘glyph’ down to the Emoji globe on the keyboard. It’s a matter of persistence and patience. I am working on theming pretty much all glyphs I can find. Bottom bar in Safari done, bottom bar in Mail, Status Bar UI and Control Center. I think it really boils down to the fact that people do not like to dig, whereas I do.

The custom icons themselves are very detailed, as they have been designed by hand one pixel at a time. The quality and effort put into the icons is highly apparent, and I think the App Store, Notes, Safari and Settings icons in particular look much better than their stock counterparts. My only complaint is that I feel that the design of the icons altogether is lacking in consistency somewhat compared to themes like StayClassy or Soft Remix.

Elite 7 apps

Elite7 remains a work in progress, with access to the beta and all future versions available on a subscription basis. In terms of an ETA, Grohman originally planned to release the theme as early as tomorrow, but is now targeting next Sunday so he can make some further additions.

Elite7 will be released on Cydia with dedicated iPhone and iPad versions for both HD and SD devices. For each of those devices, there will be a matching pack of over 60 wallpapers. The theme also includes support for ClassicDock, which I am using in the screenshots above, and Iconomatic tweaks.

For other themes, browse our Winterboard roundup and new Theme Thursday series.

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  • Ben

    Hey I am in the process of making a theme can any of you guide me as to how I package the theme as a .theme folder? Also, can my theme be featured on Theme Thursday? Thanks so much!

    • Hak Attack

      Put .theme at the end of the folder I believe. Don’t quote me on that.

    • Sai

      Wait how are you making a theme. I really want to make one but don’t know how :(

  • Framboogle

    Finally, a decent theme.

    • BarsOverBeats

      Thank you :)

      • LAGISSUEZ

        Hey man, just wanted to tell you that I think your style is dope! EPHD was my favorite theme for my old iPhone 4. Glad to see you’re still in the game. Definitely the cleanest meanest themes on the block. Keep up the awesome work man, I’ll $upport your work for sure!

  • Kyle Travis

    Some of the themes you featured in the Theme Thursday look much, much better than this one. Such a shame they won’t get as much publicity as this one.

    • iPhone Gruru

      This one was requested by several readers on the theme Thursday post. If there are any other ones you feel should be mentioned tha have not already, please speak up. I, foe one, would live to hear about them.

      • Kyle Travis

        Carla and Acies were both featured in the Thursday post, but I feel they should have an article of their own. They might not change the little glyph of screen lightning, but I feel some things don’t need to be changed just for the sake of it.

      • iPhone Gruru

        In defense, this does theme almost every aspect of you phone, from signal bars, carrier name, dynamic wallpaper, widget, lock screen battery

      • Kyle Travis

        It’s a great theme, but more doesn’t mean better. And I’m not saying this doesn’t deserve the buzz, just that’s a shame that others that deserve it won’t get it.

      • iPhone Gruru
      • BarsOverBeats

        thanks for clarifying. I do work harder than most people on this design gig my man.

      • Kyle Travis

        Sure you work hard on this, it really shows by the quality of the theme. Just that I thought that others deserved credit, since they work as hard on their designs.

      • BarsOverBeats

        without a doubt. Theming really is some of the more difficult design work you will find. It is a real shame that it isn’t covered more often. I also think if people follow the appropriate channels, they too can find more press coverage options

      • BarsOverBeats

        taking nothing away from what your saying… I did /build/ elite. I built my following. I built the loyalty and trust of my following. Its been years in the making #truth

  • Guest

    I too am working on a theme, and this is the App Store icon (resembles elite7 i know.) Any idea in what I should name the theme?

    • iPhone Gruru

      I like the name franboogle.

  • Framboogle

    I too am working on a theme, and this is the App Store icon (resembles elite7 i know.)

    • Framboogle

      Some icons look good, some look bad, it’s a work in progress.

    • Umut Bilgiç

      Reflect, Repel, Contrastic, Saturistic, FrambooglesAwesomeTheme7 (okay last three are kinda stupid maybe)

    • Muin

      Hmmm, looks a lot like Zanilla 2….

      • Framboogle

        Huh. Youre right. But Zanilla uses the solstice effect on some icons, whereas my theme does not.

    • SkyFall

      How about “Bright” cause you know Bright colours.

      • Framboogle

        Actually the theme is going to only use the stock iOS 7 colors.

      • SkyFall

        Still iOS 7 icon colours are pretty bright compared to iOS 6 icon colours.

        Also how about “Vivid”.

      • Framboogle

        I was thinking more along the lines of Redone7

      • Framboogle

        Oh and by the way this is the messages icon

      • SkyFall

        That is really cool looking.

      • Framboogle

        Thanks! The phone and facetime icon will look similar. As for the white icons I am still not sure what to do. Suggestions?

      • Framboogle

        This is safari btw. Not sure if it looks right but as of now this is it.

      • Guest

        I would do something like this for Safari (just a suggestion)

      • SkyFall

        I would do something like this for Safari (just a suggestion).

      • Framboogle

        Nice! Mind if I “borrow your safari and photos icons?” I will give you credit in the description”

      • SkyFall

        Sure, be my guest!

      • Framboogle

        Thanks!. Mind uploading the PSDs?

      • GreenD00r7

        KEEP IT

      • SkyFall

        Well for the white icons i would do something like this:

      • SkyFall

        Well the second one after it was uploaded looks like crap.

      • Timothy

        Wow, that’s really good-looking! I like those a lot.

  • iPhone Gruru

    I do hate the loading screen in this theme. I wish there was a toggle to turn it off

    • Dexter

      Exactly, dislike the skin over control center too.

      • BarsOverBeats

        done

      • iPhone Gruru

        Thank you

    • http://www.bearsstillsuck.com/ Simon

      I can’t stand how it changes my dynamic wallpaper to their ugly branded one. I really won’t use it because of that. Maybe the developer will read some of this and make these optional.

      • BarsOverBeats

        consider it done. 0.4-4 #today :)

    • BarsOverBeats

      Done

  • Iso

    Lol. Theming is DEAD. Elite7 is s huge stepdown from Elite6, EPHDiOS5 and EPHD and elite is like the best theme ever. If this is what he can come up with then there’s really no hope. RIP Themes.

    • BarsOverBeats

      LOL

  • Sai

    How do I make a theme?

  • Daniel Robert Johnson

    They said iOS 7 was unjailbreakable. They also said that Winterboard wasn’t ever going to work on iOS 7. We’re taking baby steps, whether it’s fixing mobile substrate or making tweaks compatible with iOS 7. Theming isn’t dead, it’s never left.

  • theking

    I love my theme :)

    • Ginnab

      what’s the theme name?

      • theking

        Clearlcity

    • Framboogle

      No offense but that theme is shit (font too)

      • theking

        Lol thank you !!

      • Nate McKelvie

        I agree, no offense

      • http://www.bearsstillsuck.com/ Simon

        Yeah that’s ugly as sin. I’ll take mine over that and I’m still not totally happy with mine.

      • BarsOverBeats

        lol

  • http://BestCydiaTweaks.com/ Best Cydia Tweaks

    Colorize7 :)

  • Tony

    Subscription for a theme? Not a chance, that’s so not cool.

    • Chandler

      You get it for life it’s not a reoccurring payment lol.

    • Rii

      You don’t understand. You pay a fee and h sends you a link to private repo this gets you into the beta. You’re basically payong for the theme before public release and you keep the theme permanently even after public release also since its beta there mods and stuff that sometimes don’t get into public release so…

      • permianweik

        I never got sent a link after I subscribed, any suggestions?

  • b0rna

    My theme “Optimo HD” is coming soon on Cydia store and it’s way better than this – has a lot more UIImages themed than this one tough! :) Follow me on twitter (same username) to see the theme before it even drops! ;)

    • Nate McKelvie

      Not to put you down, but saying “mines better than yours” is no way to advertise yours, even if it is better. Just show it and let the users decide. If it’s really better they will say it, you don’t have to

    • BarsOverBeats

      lol.

    • Jordan

      I agree.. I wouldn’t make such a bold statement! Especially when it isn’t lol. It’s terrible. Especially that weather icon lol

      • chjapa

        That video app icon is pretty dope though.

  • Origins

    e6 compare

    • BarsOverBeats

      e6 was cool too :) hehe

  • Maxim∑

    It got worse, Looked better in early beta for some reason.

    • BarsOverBeats

      all content from any screenshot is still avail in the theme. mix it up.

      • Phillip

        I agree with Maxim, I think that the other map icon was so much better than this one, also it would be great if you make icons for all google apps :)

      • BarsOverBeats

        maps -done. and yes- I will be soon touching the rest. and redoing search. all em :) got u :)

      • Phillip

        hey man, no offense but google’s chrome app is kind of ugly

  • Michael Romano

    Wow this is amazing. This could push me to jailbreak my iPhone.

    • Dexter

      why not? it takes less than 5 minutes to jailbreak anyway.

    • BarsOverBeats

      thanks :)

  • Jutjub Nervt

    My theme Knork HD will be avalaible soon :)

    • BarsOverBeats

      thanks. lol

  • Diego Gastón Milano

    I saw this one yesterday and it looks good, better than the other ones which were recently reviewed here, in my opinion.
    And for those who just like me are wondering, FlatIcons is coming back later today! :)

  • Alexis Flores

    I think I’m fine with mojo for now :)

    • BarsOverBeats

      not too bad :)

  • Damian W

    Still too much white in the stock apps. Any theme that will get rid of white colours in the stock apps will win my heart

  • Smuys

    I’d love to get you guys’ opinion on Clarity, I’ve worked on it for 51 hours and themed 146 icons.
    I made it free after the repos refused it for 99 cents, hope everyone likes it.

    • Fevostone

      Just checked it out it’s not my cup of tea but I’m sure so e people will like it good work.

    • BarsOverBeats

      I think I have 51 hours into elite in the last 4 days. :) #funstuff

      • Smuys

        Well, some people don’t work at the same speed…

    • 01011001001

      I like your theme. I know it’s nearly impossible to theme all icons for all the apps out there. I’ve got a list though that is like to see

      Zite, Bloomberg, Reuters, theScore,
      Waze, Trapster, Dictionary,
      Lync, Zoiper, BlueJeans, Younity, Vimeo
      Skydrive, Box, ckeckpoint mobile VPN, LinkedIn, mSecure, Mint

      Just to name a few. Thanks!

  • M.

    Ya’ll a bunch of winers ,design theme on your own first, lets see what you gonna come up with…fcukin losers …..don’t like how ios7 looks like now???…..go ask your mom to buy you android….this theme is the best ,most clean and complete, it perfectly compliments ios7…..don’t wanna pay for it ?….do you even comprehend how much time goes to hand design icons like that?. I’m sure you all will wait for pirate repo to host it….cheap bastards…

  • marcoseus

    I love my theme

    • http://BestCydiaTweaks.com/ Best Cydia Tweaks

      Looks cool, man. Except 90% of your icons that are from Colorize7 :P

  • Umut Bilgiç

    To put it simply, just amazing work! It ha worth your every minute, for sure! Keep it up!

  • Matt

    Have been using this theme for a few days now and it definitely is my favorite.

  • Sergey Basov

    It’s been a few years since I’ve found this wallpaper. Ever since that moment I’ve used it everyvere. So, when I discovered 0bscure7, I found it perfect for this w/p. Now I’m looking forward to a complete black theme (heard there was one to hit the Cydia, but forgot the name. Does anybody happen to know its name?)

  • James Allen

    any iPad mini themes yet for IOS7?

    • BarsOverBeats

      this works on retina mini- will be SD support soon :) (by the next couple days..

  • TwinSon

    Elite 7 slaps on my iPhone. Can’t wait till official release, this is the kind of theme I’ve been wishing for.

  • Omar

    I Think my theme is better :)

    • Omar

      Where the link goes ?!

  • AnAs Topsycreet

    please i want to know how to get the original ios 7 status bar with this theme

  • dmick89

    the size of the package after the recent update is over 70 MB and prior to the update it was only a bit over 10 MB. What was added that increased its size so much?

  • chjapa

    Any chance I could get that wall? Great icons BTW

  • utradar80 .

    Barsoverbeats has been, in my opinion, the pioneer of the sophisticated theme. Ive followed all his work from his gt series to his elite series and so forth…. However this “Elite 7″ is out of character for him. The bland pastel pallette of this horrid ios version is a visual assault and Grohman adding more pastels doesnt help. HIS best work, I think, was and always will be elite 6. The small details that hes known for really pushed idevice displays to the max. Personally… Updating elite 6 for ios 7 functionality would have been a better choice. Still, Rob Grohman has impecable taste and talent in the themeing dark arts.

  • Dien Agustin

    Wallpaper please? :)

  • Rasheed

    This theme is great. It’s not as complicating as other themes. I can finally find my apps.
    Great job well done!