Icons

iOS 10.3 will let apps change their Home screen icon at any time, no update required

Tucked away amid a flurry of new reports covering upcoming new features in Apple’s operating system updates, like Theater Mode on Apple Watch and Siri in watch apps, Night Shift on Mac and Find My AirPods on iPhone, Apple yesterday quietly announced that developers will soon be allowed to change their app’s Home screen icon programmatically, whenever they like.

In other words, an update is no longer required to push out the new icon artwork.

The seemingly unimportant change opens up a world of new possibilities for interactions with your favorite apps that simply were not possible before.

Calypso 2: A Springtomize-like tweak without the price tag

Springtomize is one of my favorite jailbreak tweaks ever released because of its Swiss Army Knife-like appeal, but I also understand there are some jailbreakers who don’t want to spend money in the Cydia store.

To those people, I present a new free tweak called Calypso 2.

How to customize system app icons in Mac OS X

My colleague Timothy Reavis shared just a couple of years ago how you can customize the icons of apps on your Mac. On the other hand, it would seem the process to do this has changed slightly in OS X El Capitan.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you a method that works on Apple’s latest operating system release for Mac.

Siri for Mac icon leaks ahead of WWDC

9to5Mac claimed back in January that Siri would be finally coming to the Mac via the forthcoming OS X 10.12 software update this fall. Today, MacRumors published a genuine looking image that purportedly shows a colorful Siri icon sitting in OS X’s Dock, adding fuel to the Siri for Mac rumors.

Another screenshot appears to show a Siri icon sitting in the Mac’s menu bar at the top. The publication says that these screenshots were sent to them by a source “who has provided us with reliable information about Apple’s software plans in the past”.

Tip: quickly reset your Home screen icons to the default layout

If you have ever wanted to reset the Home screen’s app icon layout to factory settings, then you might be happy to hear that there’s an easier way than moving the app icons all back to where they were one by one.

Instead, in this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how you can reset the Home screen app icon layout automatically in just a few seconds.

How to clear an incorrect unread email count badge on the Mail app

If you use the stock Mail application on your iPhone or iPad, you may have experienced a mysterious occurrence where the Mail app icon will display a red badge telling you there are unread emails when there actually aren’t any. No matter what you do, it seems that up can’t clear that inaccurate number of unread emails.

The Mail app is no stranger to weird bugs, so let me reassure you here, phantom unread emails aren’t taking over your iPhone or iPad. In this post, I will share with you a few options to fix an incorrect unread count, and hopefully put an end to it all.

Fingal brings your app icons to life

Take a moment to look at the Home screen on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad; what do you see? Some things that come to my mind are: stillness, simplicity, and boredom.

With a promising new jailbreak tweak release dubbed Fingal, which is now available as a free download in Cydia’s ModMyi repository, you can add a touch of motion and liveliness to your Home screen.

App icons disappearing after jailbreaking iOS 8.3? There’s a fix for that

Have you encountered an issue with disappearing icons on your jailbroken iPhone? You’re not alone. Quite a few users have complained about the issue after jailbreaking using the TaiG tool for iOS 8.3.

Today, saurik has pushed an update to UIKit Tools to fix that issue. The update, which is version 1.1.10, now officially supports iOS 8.3 and all previous versions of iOS.

How to extract icons from Mac apps

Our new contributor Timothy Reavis recently posted a nicely done how-to explaining how one can easily change app icons on the Mac using Finder and a little bit of Terminal trickery.

I myself often get asked about extracting high-quality Mac icons for use in blog posts, on websites and elsewhere. Granted, it’s easy to navigate to your Applications folder and screenshot a desired icon in the Finder’s CoverFlow or Icon view.

On the downside, doing so removes icon transparency and fails to produce a pixel-perfect replica of the original icon. This tutorial will teach you how to export any Mac app icon in its original size as a transparent PNG file…

The best icon packs for OS X

As a follow-up to our recent article on how to change app icons in OS X, we’ve scoured the internet for the best icon packs for Mac apps in existence. The result is a beautiful assemblage of icons that is certain to give your Mac a fresh, new look.

In addition to large, themed icon sets, we’ve added several individual icons of third-party applications that have received an early update from independent graphic designers, who took inspiration from iOS 7, OS X Yosemite, and Apple’s pre-Yosemite designs for iBooks, iLife, and iWork…

How to change a Mac app icon in OS X

Sometimes a company or developer will put a lot of effort into making an app function well and forget to take the time to design a nice-looking icon. While a utilitarian app is great, you’re not likely going to want it on your Dock unless it has an attractive icon.

Customizing an app icon by changing it to an image of your choosing is not only possible in OS X, but relatively simple. Whether you want to change it because the default icon doesn’t blend well with surrounding icons, it has an outdated design, or you simply dislike it, you can exchange it for a better-looking alternative in no time…

Theme Thursday: Jaku, Slab and Redsgn 2.0

The fourth edition of Theme Thursday has arrived, a weekly column that covers some of the best theme releases for Winterboard to date. This week’s roundup continues to focus on iPhone and iPod touch themes, although many are designed for the iPad as well. Moreover, after listening to your feedback for the last three weeks, we have plans to publish an iPad theme roundup in the near future.

This week, we highlight the following themes: Jaku, Slab and Redsgn 2.0. To get the reflective dock used in the screenshots, download ClassicDock. I am also using a custom font called Cartogothic Std that is applied using BytaFont. In this edition of Theme Thursday, I provide a combination of stock images from the designers alongside my own screenshots. Take a look…