SixBar: enable the black and white status bar from iOS 6

By , Feb 28, 2014

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SixBar is a recently released tweak for those of you who are tiring of the status bar present in iOS 7. It forces the status bar into the old-school black and white mode that was last seen in iOS 6.

SixBar is not a theme, so it doesn’t require WinterBoard or any other theming utility. Once you install SixBar, you’ll need to go to the Settings app to find the tweak’s preferences. Inside the preferences you’ll notice a lone toggle—a kill-switch—used to enable or disable the tweak. When you enable the toggle and respring, you’ll see the familiar black and white status bar inspired by iOS 6…

Unfortunately, SixBar features very few redeeming qualities. For starters, it overlaps app badge notifications present on the top row of the SpringBoard. This makes it readily apparent that there’s something not quite right with the status bar.

The second glaring flaw is how the status bar transitions when switching to an app. In stock iOS 7, the transition is smooth due to the zooming animation when switching in and out of apps. It’s like the entire screen, status bar included, is brought into and out of focus when switching apps.

SixBar Settings

With SixBar, the fact that the status bar is now an add-on makes the switching animation feel disjointed and disingenuous. Once you see the effect, you’ll probably be quick to uninstall SixBar.

Still, if you’re set on trying SixBar for yourself, you can find it available for free on the BigBoss repo. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you about the experience; it’s not very pretty.

What do you think about SixBar? Do you think these type of tweaks have a place on Cydia, or do you believe that everyone should move out of the past, and embrace iOS 7 and all of its newness? Share your opinion in the comments section.

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  • Jonathan Liu

    Disqus better fix itself. No downvotes is hell.

    • Osiris

      It’s not broken. They removed it on purpose.

      • Jonathan Liu

        I know, I’m saying that Disqus needs to stop doing stupid thing (“fix itself”)

      • My Wasted Fantasy

        It’s starting to feel a lot like YouTube with all the changes :/

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    Ugly!!

  • Nhân Phan

    What software did you use to record your phone screen like this? It’s really awesome!

  • Matt

    Do people really miss iOS 6 that much?

  • Jerwyn Feria

    i thought it was an ios 5 thing. not an ios 6 thing. I think i forgot. how it looked like

  • Micaiah Martin

    Ahhhh burn it with fire!!
    No offense dev! Just not a good look, to much of a clash.

  • Sam Khan

    Meh.. i’ll skip that one, makes screen look more smaller

  • Benjamin J Schwartz

    I would love tweak if the bar was translucent and the animation was smooth. Anyone know of any alternatives?

  • Bobby

    Seriously people, this tweak is awesome.
    Lemme ask you, which one of these two look better?
    I can barely see the statusbar without six bar installed.