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Ayecon is probably the most well-known jailbreak theme of all time, and for good reason; it was groundbreaking upon its initial release, harnessing the power of the then newly-christened Retina display for insanely detailed and hyper-skeuomorphic app icons.

But when Apple decided to switch things up with iOS 7—ushering in its first post-Forstall release and shedding tons of skeuomorphic weight in the process—Ayecon no longer felt fresh and new. Ayecon is like the anti-iOS 7, because it heavily depends on the now outdated skeuomorphic identity of iOS 6 and below.

When the iOS 7 version of Ayecon was released earlier this year, it was met with mixed reactions due to its polarizing nature when compared to iOS 7. Although some pledged unequivocal allegiance to the legendary theme, not a few were disappointed that it didn’t usher in something new, something more iOS 7 appropriate, something, well, more flat.

Surenix’s first new theme since Ayecon is the perfect answer to the semi-collective “meh” heard across the jailbreak community. Instead of trying to shoehorn an old theme into a mold it was never intended to fit, a fresh new start was warranted. Ayeris is that fresh start.

Unlike Ayecon’s heavy-handed approach to design, Ayeris is a much more subtle re-imagining of iOS 7. We’ve been testing Ayeris for the past few weeks on our day-to-day devices, and we’d like to show it to you now. Check inside for our full hands-on review and video.

Installing Ayeris

Ayeris will be available for $3.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. You will, of course, need a jailbroken iPhone in order to use this theme. Ayeris is an iPhone only jailbreak theme that requires the WinterBoard framework.

Ayeris WinterBoard

Once you download and install Ayeris, you’ll need to open WinterBoard and enable the theme. Ayeris features three sections to enable via WinterBoard, and you’ll need to enable all three sections in order to get the full Ayeris experience.

Features

Like Ayecon, Ayeris comes bundled with a plethora of themed app icons. All of the stock iOS app icons have been tweaked and themed to match the overall style of Ayeris, and many of the popular third-party applications have been themed as well. In fact, there are well over 200 different app icons that have been themed and tweaked, some drastically, some not-so-drastically, but generally for the better.

If you find that a particular app you like to use hasn’t been included with Ayeris’ icon-set, Surenix has set up a form so that users will be able to submit requests. He says that he plans on doing frequent updates to implement new icons and UI changes throughout the life of the theme.

Six beautiful new wallpapers are included along with some updated status bar icons, and system-wide UI tweaks in stock apps like Mail and Safari. Again, the updates and tweaks are nowhere near as drastic as Ayecon, but the changes are noticeable if you pay attention.

Stock app icons

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the stock application icons. All of the app icons have been changed in some way. Some of the changes are limited to the color gradients of the app icon’s background, whereas others are complete alterations from top to bottom.

Stock Icons Ayeris

Stock iOS 7 on the left, Ayeris on the right

Safari UI tweaks

Safari Ayeris

Notice the buttons at the bottom, stock iOS 7 is on the left

Mail UI tweaks

Mail Ayeris

Again, notice the subtle differences; stock iOS 7 is on the left

Wallpapers

Ayeris Wallpaper

Six new wallpapers compliment the new app icons

Ayeris is the result of many months of meticulous designing, re-designing, and starting from scratch. Just in the brief time that I’ve been beta testing the theme, there have been several iterative changes that have switched-up the look in subtle areas.

This is not an overt punch-you-in-the-mouth sort of theme. This is a wine taster’s theme. It’s aimed at a sophisticated palate, one who has tired from the themes that simply try to do too much. It’s a theme for those of us who realize that Apple’s designers have some really good ideas, ideas that don’t necessarily need to be totally thrown out to pasture. Maybe Apple’s designs just need a little tweaking? A subtle shift from here to there, a curve instead of a hard angle.

But sophistication won’t exactly come cheap. Ayeris will be available for $3.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. For some, that could be pushing the limits of what is acceptable from a pricing standpoint, or perhaps users will appreciate the amount of work that has been put into this theme, and reward Surenix accordingly.

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One thing’s for certain, if you generally enjoy the look and feel of iOS 7, you should definitely try this alternate take on Apple’s design if at all possible. Whether it’s better than iOS 7’s design as a whole is going to be up for personal debate, but I don’t think there’s any question that it is. I plan on keeping Ayeris on my daily driver for the foreseeable future, and I’m willing to go out on the limb and say that many of you reading this will too.

Ayeris is what people probably expected from the updated version of Ayecon for iOS 7, but Ayecon is Ayecon, and it can never be changed. Skeuomorphism is what made Ayecon so special, and it wouldn’t have been right for Surenix to ditch its design to appease iOS 7 users. Instead, Surenix did the logical thing and created a from-scratch iOS 7 theme called Ayeris, and it’s really good.

What do you think? Do you plan on using Ayeris on your iPhone? Share your thoughts about Ayeris in the comment section down below.

  • Alain Vasquez

    Finally something Nice, Simple, Elegant and cool

  • Aye’ll wait til someone uploads this for free.

  • Clark Wallace

    I’m sorry but everybody loses their mind when one theme plagiarises another, but since ayeris is made by Surenix it’s acceptable and gains appraisal for ripping off iOS7 icons.

    $3.99 is a bit steep for a theme that people will only use until iOS8 is available for their compatible device.

    There are games on the AppStore for 99 cents that have had more I work put into them that this, I’m sure Surenix spent a tedious amount of time on this so props to him.

    I am in no way bashing the theme, I’ll probably consider buying it but subtly changing an icon is in no way whatsoever “designing”.

  • Prasoon Singh

    Four bucks for a theme? No way.

  • TwinSon

    I bought Ayecon but I’m going to skip on this. In my opinion, Elite 7 hands down is the best theme available and well worth it’s price. Amazing detail and support. Soft Remix and Aura ( if Aura wasn’t a ripoff of another theme) are the only other themes I would use outside of Elite 7.

  • Bosco

    Dudes. It’s $4. That’s not a lot of money. Really. I can guarantee you have all spent $4 on something truly useless (alcohol, candy etc). Don’t get me wrong, I also enjoy those items but in the end it’s something that won’t last longer than a week. This theme will be with you forever. Surenix gave away Ayecon (for iOS 7 and many other iOS versions) for FREE.

    He could have easy charged us an update fee. It’s not like he opened up Ayecon in Photoshop (or any other program he uses) and clicked file>export for iOS 7. He had to update every icon for Ayecon to work properly on iOS 7 due to Apple changing the way iOS handles icons.

    Surenix has to create a brand new theme from scratch (which by the way is not easy. At all. Try it. I dare you.) This can take months of dev time ON TOP of his normal job and life.

    It becomes extremely stressful and demotivating. I’ve been there. Yes, we have plenty of talented artists within our community creating great themes for free. However, those artist need to create a fan base/make a name for themselves before they can charge top dollar. Every top dev/dev team hires Surenix for a reason.

    Bravo and congrats on the release Surenix. Thank you for all of your hard work.

  • Rafael Romero

    As a themer all i can say great job surenix im going to buy it later today! When you know how much work and time it takes to make a winterboard theme, you learn to appreciate someones else work!!!!! Keep it up Surenix!!!

  • raviraj

    I’d pay $4 for perfection. Don’t be stereotypical about themes. Sometimes, they make things better – instead of new.

  • Nick

    Where is the theme? This is a joke. A good one.

  • raviraj

    It’s funny that many of you are comparing ayeris with ayecon just because they come from the same designer.

  • on3simpleclick

    I got to say that this theme is very underwhelming. I honestly expected more from Surenix, rather than this subtle ‘re-imagining’ of iOS7’s current look. Ayecon was a stunning theme, and it took the skeuomorphism aspect of iOS6 and bumped it up to 11 & was one of the most beautiful themes for iOS6, but this theme just doesn’t reach that same point. There are ton’s of other themes on Cydia that try to build on the ‘flat’ styling that iOS7 has brought to the table this time around, but Ayeris on the other hand i feel, hasn’t grasped that concept at all really.

  • Samir

    What are you using for your signal?

  • Gabriel Diaz

    I refuse to use winterboard… Wish themes didn’t need it 🙁

  • Max Rojas

    Over hyped and over priced.

  • Jamie Tilden

    Goddamn this is nice looking. The very first theme I didn’t ignore too.

  • Allen Greathouse

    Saying he created a new theme from scratch is a HUUUUUGE overstatement. Practically a lie this I just a modied stock expieriance

  • Noaaahh

    Putting this theme down to $2 would get more buyers than $4. I appreciate Surenix’s work, and I think this is great. But IMO you would probably get double the buyers if it was half price (so you practically get the same…)

    • Jamie Tilden

      #economics

  • @APADXXVII

    Subtly reimagined…nothing subtle about the price! Overhyped and overpriced!

  • Mee

    In the back iPhone in the picture featuring three iPhones you can see Facebook’s Paper icon is themed, but that is not in the official release yet…

  • @APADXXVII

    I read somewhere that when you try to load aeyris in winterboard all the apps stay the same!

  • Thanks, Surenix I got what i have been looking for many days.. 🙂

  • Phu Doan

    $4 for an iOS 7 redesign ?
    “Flat 7 Redesign” do better for free.

  • Guest

    It’s good for subtle. I had to make it circular though 🙂

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    It’s good for subtle, but I had to make it circular 🙂

    • Surenix

      Have fun with it 😛

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        Lol appreciate the approval, keep it up (:

        I’m a little confused at the icon request page. Look at that ugly constitution app on my front page -_-

  • Iuri Dos Santos Cunha

    Surenix has done it again, this theme is the best theme now I’ve ever seen. I am in actual love with this theme

  • Iuri Dos Santos Cunha

    If you guys look closely, you’ll see surenix’s “s” on the clock icon

  • Rot Kelfer

    The more I look at the theme, the more underwhelmed I become. To be honest, the only icon that I do think has been changed for the better, is Photos, I really do like the one. But come on. Weather, Clock, Reminders, Notes, Stocks, Phone, Music, iTunes, App Store are practically the same. And the ones that have been changed, they look worse than before – I even prefer the iOS7 Safari icon better than Ayeris’! The Mail UI “subtle” tweaks are so subtle, I can’t even see them. Then there’s the Camera icon which is just the Photos icon with the gray shape layer.
    I’m aware that there are 200 icons in the packs, and maybe some of them are exciting, maybe even better than the originals, but what I see on the previews shows absolutely no promise. And to expect people to pay $4 for that, is just greedy.

  • Zeus

    Boom.

  • James E

    the contacts app colour is not nice…

  • Coleman Lee

    Loved the way ayecon looked on my 5S as my previous devices as well. Didn’t like ayeris out of the box but after using it for a few hours it kinda grew on me and I kinda like it now! Good balance between ayecon and iOS 7 stock icons.

  • is there any theme for ipad mini that will work correctly? I mean that they’ll changed most of your icons not just few of them like 3-4.

  • Sam

    @Surenix:disqus Any update on when and if it will be available for the iPad? Just love the theme!! Great work as usual..

  • Prasoon Singh

    Can someone please upload the second wallpaper? I’m currently not jailbroken right now.