Theme Thursday

Welcome to the second edition of our Theme Thursday roundup, which highlights some of the best theme releases each week. While this column is primarily focused on iPhone and iPod touch themes, many of them are also compatible with the iPad. We also often mention some worthwhile alternatives to consider looking into. The themes featured this week are: Anode, Clarity, Colorize7, i7Cons and UltraFlat for iOS 7. Take a look… 


Clarity Theme

If you’re in search of a purely simplistic theme, look no further than Clarity for iPhone. The theme features almost 150 glyphs for numerous stock and third-party apps, which I think makes the Home screen look great. One major caveat is that all non-themed icons will appear square, as this is how Apple has setup icon masks on iOS 7. I would recommend using the regular dock if you choose to use this theme, as ClassicDock isn’t a great match in this instance. Clarity, by Smuys, is free on Cydia in the ModMyi repository.


Anode Theme

With icons designed to match the colors of the all-new iPhone 5s, Anode is one of the first themes to combine software with hardware. If your device is space grey, silver or gold, there are three versions of Anode in Winterboard to match. While this theme has a fairly large icon set, non-themed icons look like glaring eyesores on the space grey version. Anode, the work of DownyLover, is free on Cydia in the iFans repository. Add to your sources. iPhone and iPad versions available.


Colorize7 Theme

For those that liked the flat design of the StayClassy theme I reviewed last week, but found the color scheme to be too dull, I present you with Colorize7. The theme is very similar in appearance, with each custom icon consisting of a flat color base and white glyph. The main difference is that Colorize7 is much more colorful and bright, which looks better with most blurred wallpapers.

The only icons I am not a fan of are the black ones for Voice Memos and Compass, as they contrast poorly with the rest of the theme. Non-themed icons don’t look the greatest either. An additional 30 icons were just added in a recent update, with more coming. Colorize7, designed by BestCydiaTweaks, is 99 cents on the default MacCiti repository. Similar themes available are Liminal for iOS 7, Sleek7 and Passtel for iPad.


i7Cons Theme

Steven Portas approached me with a request to feature his theme i7Cons here at iDownloadBlog, and deservedly so. The custom icon set is both colorful and flat with shadowed glyphs, and the color palette is a lot less eye-popping than Apple’s version. I like the consistency of the icons in this theme, and the App Store and Settings look much better in particular. i7Cons can be yours for free on Cydia from BigBoss. Looking for something similar? Try Solstice from our 10 best Winterboard themes roundup.

UltraFlat for iOS 7

UltraFlat iOS 7

While most themes give your Home screen a complete makeover, the idea behind UltraFlat for iOS 7 is to refine the flat appearance of the stock icons. Graphic designer Ciaran O’Brien has carefully crafted each icon to align with the iOS 7 grid system, and the colors selected are exclusively from the system color scheme. The end result is a theme with a very consistent design that compliments the rest of the iOS user interface. Plus, non-themed icons blend right in. Free on Cydia for iPhone and iPad in the ModMyi repo.

That wraps up this week’s edition of Theme Thursday. As each roundup typically features five themes, there will inevitably be some ones that don’t get covered each week. But we’re all ears to your theme recommendations, and will certainly look to include ones that look good in a future roundup. You can make your recommendations in the comments, and I encourage all theme designers to get in touch with me on Twitter (@rsgnl) too.

Which themes do you recommend for next week?

  • Ben

    Really cool themes. One of these will be mine once I grow tired of Zanilla 2.

    • Michael Romano

      I really want to try Zanilla 2 but I’m too lazy to manual install it.

      • on3simpleclick

        It literally takes only a minute to install it lol

      • Johnny

        How do you get it ?

      • Michael Romano

        Download the Theme on your computer
        Download Cyberduck on your computer
        Download SSH Connect on Cydia
        Transfer the Zanilla.theme folder to ~/Library/Themes on your iOS Device

      • pokaprophet

        If you have iFile you can just grab the theme from the devs Dropbox. Just need to link your Dropbox to iFile. Then you can instal Zanilla 2 direct on device without needing PC/Mac

      • Michael Romano

        Is there a free alternative to iFile?

      • you could use iFunbox to transfer the theme to you iDevice from mac/pc

  • Tim smith

    Flaticons is one of the best in my opinion

  • Framboogle

    Out of all the themes I tried, solstice is still my favorite.

  • Chris Holden

    i like different icons from each theme.. i wish i could choose the icons i like best and create my own ”theme”

    • You could technically do that using iFile or iFunBox, it would just take a while.

      • Rifat Mohammed

        Can you review Liminal For iOS 7?

    • pokaprophet

      You can totally do that with iFile. On iOS 6 I used the Prestige HD icons with the Boss UI and mixed in some stuff like icon badges from a 3rd theme.

  • on3simpleclick

    Please list whether themes are compatible with iPad or not 🙁

    • Ciaran O’Brien

      UltraFlat just got iPad retina support.

      cobbyco (UltraFlat theme designer).

  • Framboogle

    Can’t wait to release my theme. Here’s a preview of the messages icon:

    • Matt

      Oooo I like it. Looks like the chat bubble is going in. Nice.

      • Framboogle

        Yeah it’s going to have inverted gradients to create a nice depth effect

      • Julio Cesar

        This looks really nice!

      • Framboogle

        Thanks! Expect a release by summer. (I have a tight schedule.)

    • Abdl

      Looks stock though..

      • Framboogle

        Yeah this theme is going to basically change stick, while still giving that original feeling.

    • Jonathan

      Was this ever released? If so, what’s it called?

      • Framboogle

        No, sorry I’m still working on it. About 90% done.

      • Jonathan

        Awesomeness! Do you have a beta repo? I’d love to try it.

      • Framboogle

        No I don’t have a repo yet, but I am planning to make one once a rough version of the theme is ready.

      • Jonathan

        Okay. =) Let me know if you need a beta tester. I would be happy to help

  • Allen Greathouse

    Sorry but these are ugly 🙁 we’ll I guess beauty is in the eye of the holder

  • Disqus experienced a major outage. Thanks to everyone for being patient.

  • Rifat Mohammed

    How is this?

    Its called Liminal.You should review it 🙂

  • Jerwyn Feria

    I want icon images with folders as example too ><

  • J™

    clarity is a thing of beauty

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    FlatIcons iOS 7 – The Original Flat Icons theme is back!

  • Probably my views about theming are very different from anyone else because i think themes get uglier with every day. Sorry I don’t line none of the above.

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    Was using clarity for a while

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      If you ignore the crappy image compression Disqus applies that looks quite nice, something different at least…

      • Guest

        I love Clarity. Your set up looks great. What’s that middle button in dock, the 4 circles, and what does it do? Thanks

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I’m guessing you mean Google Chrome?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Page icons (the number of pages I have on SpringBoard. I could hide them but I actually like the look of them

      • Albert

        How do I get page icons?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        It’s baked into stock iOS

      • Albert

        What I meant was, the icon in the middle of the dock, between the Messages & Camera app. If that’s a folder, who do I set mine to look like that?

      • Ishaan Malhotra

        Its a folder containing the apps I frequently use. I have used a tweak called foldericons to change the folder icon

    • Albert

      Looks great. What’s that button in the middle of the dock? In between messages & camera? And what does it do? Thanks

    • Lolwut

      How do you get the clock on the home screen?

  • TeChNoStyLeZ

    circly is the best theme ever, check it out

  • Hyr3m

    Just… eew !

  • does anyone know if any of these themes is iPad compatible?

  • Guest

    by the way this is my theme… 🙂

  • my UI7 theme 😛

  • my UI7 theme… 😀

    • Jason Baroni

      Wow! This is really ugly!

  • All these themes are making me want to go back too iOS. I can’t find anything like this on android :/

  • Lopo

    Best theme i tried, Mojo.

    • Devin LeFevere

      Looks nice!

  • Dan

    any possibility of having an article focusing on the top iPad themes? I haven’t found many that work tbh (I have an iPad air)

    • Guest

      I use Glasklart {DART} since yesterday. Love it but waiting for the real Glasklart, some icon (Maps notes calendar) are different from the other.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        You should look at github .com/glasklart the official Glasklart theme is in the process of being updated and IMO looks quite nice. One of my all time favourite themes:

      • Charlychav

        Yep, I’ve seen it a few days ago. But couldn’t wait !

    • Charlychav

      Glasklart [DART]. Still love it for so long time now.

      But waiting for the real one, Notes Calendar Maps are not the same than other one.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        The real theme is in the process of being updated (see my other comment).

    • Ciaran O’Brien

      UltraFlat is compatible with retina iPads.

  • ghulamsameer

    Can someone link the wallpaper?

  • Lolwut

    Clarity is nice 🙂

  • Merman123

    C’mon guys those are some pretty ugly themes. I bet if Apple had released one of these with iOS 7 you would be all on their case. Anode is horrendous. And clarity looks so out of place. Not to mention how ugly it looks with just one icon not themed.

  • Ciaran O’Brien

    I recommend using a dark background with UltraFlat for iOS 7 (see photo).
    Also huge thanks to everyone who’s downloaded the theme so far!

    • Jahinnn

      does anyone know how i can install the ultra flat theme? The modmyi repo doesnt seem to be installing for me

  • Smuys

    Thank you very much for featuring my theme, I hope you guys like it.

  • Devin LeFevere

    Elite 7 Beta is the only theme I can use.

  • Jahinnn

    does anyone know how i can install the modmyi repo? doesnt seem to be installing for me

  • Prince

    not bad ?!

  • chjapa

    I still like Elite, here’s a shot on the Ipad.

  • David

    Is there a tweak that can turn my CC flat like in an iphone 4? Because on 4s it lags sometimes. I want to enable the “increase contrast” feature but only for CC, anyone have the solution??

  • Jordan Ham

    a little theme I been working on, want to keep it all looking the same but not make it too dull, idk what ya think?

  • Evans Anane

    Joe is all theme cool themes available on cydia substrate(android)

  • sanalalemci

    Clarity needs a LOT more icon support, and quit making the unsupported icons look like they are from another world.

  • Joe

    I cant get any of the themes to work on my iPad Mini First Gen. This is it with “Clarity” on. You can notice the Calendar date is missing. The only app change I found was Cydia. Any help?

    • alexrr10

      It happens with almost every theme I select too. I have an Ipad 2

      • Jonathan

        See my response to the guy above me. =)

    • Jonathan

      You might have figured it out by now. But if not, it may be because the theme is meant for retina display devices only. iPad Mini 1 and iPad 2 are not retina.

  • Nina

    I can’t find anode on Cydia? Help me please

  • Eckhy D’gempas

    golden theme is the best of all time … 😀

  • Ainhoa Carracedo Ureña

    Where Can I get the wallpaper? I love it, Or if it is a photo with blur effect, send me the original one. Thanks.