By Joe Rossignol on Feb 27, 2014
This fifth edition of Theme Thursday marks one month since we began highlighting some of the best Winterboard themes available for iPhone and iPod touch. It has been a lot of fun putting this column together each week, and I’m glad that so many readers have been enjoying it. iPad users, your roundup is on the horizon.
Best of all, it makes me proud that we’re able to give some well-deserved recognition to the talented graphic designers in this community. If it wasn’t for those people, we wouldn’t have these great themes to use on our devices. So, without further ado, this week’s featured themes are: Axla, iOS 8 Concept, FlatIcons, Gusht and iOS 8 Infinity Theme. Dive right in… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Feb 13, 2014
Welcome to the third edition of our Theme Thursday roundup, which highlights some of the best theme releases for Winterboard 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: Laguna, 3 4 All, Enkelt Neue, Zanilla 2.1 and iRa. I’m also using ClassicDock and Iconomatic throughout. Take a look… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Feb 2, 2014
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… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jan 30, 2014
There has been a landslide of new themes released on Cydia in the past few weeks, some of which we covered in our recent roundup of the 10 best Winterboard themes for iOS 7. In an effort to continue that coverage, we are introducing a new series called Theme Thursday to showcase some of our favorite releases each week.
If you know of a good theme that isn’t covered here, please leave your recommendations in the comments for inclusion in a future roundup. In the first edition, we take a look at Acies, Carla, Radiance and more… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 28, 2014
If you’ve tried any WinterBoard themes lately, then you’ve probably encountered the annoying status bar caching issue that causes themed status bars not to show up properly. Well, you’ll be happy to know that Saurik has released an update to WinterBoard that fixes the status bar issue.
Dubbed version 0.9.3915, this WinterBoard update fixes the status bar issues, solves a problem with WebKit transforms, and has a couple of other fixes up its sleeve. If you’re running any WinterBoard themes, then you’ll want to be sure to update as soon as you can. Check inside for the full change log. Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jan 27, 2014
If you’ve been following our blog closely over the last few weeks, you’ll notice that we have covered quite a number of different themes that have been released or updated for the iOS 7 jailbreak. While themes are definitely the main option that most iOS users use to customize their devices, other methods exist to change the look and feel of an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
All that leads into Icon Masks, a new jailbreak tweak that redefines the look of your Home screen icons… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Jan 23, 2014
Now that WinterBoard has been updated for iOS 7, themers are back on the wagon either updating their themes or coming up with new ones. WinterBoard is a buggy app, and even Saurik, its creator admitted so when it was updated a few weeks ago. In short WinterBoard for iOS 7 is still a work in progress.
One of the bugs that have been affecting themers is related to the Status Bar. The problem comes from a caching issue preventing the Status Bar theming of some themes such as Ayecon or Solstice to propagate correctly to the entire UI. In some cases, you might see the themed Status Bar when running certain applications, while the themed bar might be absent from the Home screen or other apps.
Fortunately, there is one simple fix for this… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 18, 2014
If you’ve been jailbreaking for any decent amount of time, you’ve surely heard of the legendary Ayecon theme. This is a theme that set the standard for detail when Retina displays were still a relatively new feat in the mobile device industry.
A lot has changed since Ayecon first came riding over that hill on its white horse, reinvigorating the stagnant theming space in the process (I know some people will debate Ayecon’s design, but they simply can’t deny its influence.)
Flat is in, skeuomorphism is hated (and dead). So where does Ayecon fit in with this wave of change? Will Surenix, its designer, abandon the style that made Ayecon a success in the name of staying with the trend? Or, will he instead, stick to what made Ayecon work? Check inside for the full scoop along with the detailed video walkthrough. Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jan 15, 2014
While theme makers certainly face increasing challenges because of how iOS 7 is designed, we’ve still seen a handful of great themes for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Aura promises to be the next. The upcoming theme provides well-designed custom icons for over 200 apps and counting, despite its creators—a five-person group called the iApex Team—stressing that it remains in beta with a lot of work to be finished. Even in its claimed infancy, Aura looks fantastic.
Update: This theme seems to be a rip off of another theme called iMIUI we covered last year. We were not aware of that at the time of publishing and we’ll not give Aura anymore coverage until its developers come clean. Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jan 14, 2014
The recent release of a Winterboard update with 64-bit compatibility marks a convenient time to reflect on some of the best themes for iOS 7 devices to date. It’s important to keep in mind that a number of popular themes from iOS 6 have yet to be updated, although it is safe to assume that many designers will release new versions in the ensuing weeks and months. So, without further ado, take a look ahead for some of the best Winterboard themes for iOS 7 available on Cydia or elsewhere right now… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jan 13, 2014
While the release of a Winterboard update with support for 64-bit devices is very exciting, the entire process of creating a theme has been fundamentally changed because of how iOS 7 is built. The move away from so-called “skeuomorphism” in favor of translucency and vector-based design creates additional barriers that theme makers didn’t face on iOS 6 and earlier… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Jan 12, 2014
Themers and all around jailbreakers will be happy to learn that Winterboard, a staple in the jailbreak community when it comes to theming, has been updated to bring complete iOS 7 support, and maybe more importantly, support for arm64 devices such as the iPhone 5s, the new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.
Although Winterboard worked fine in many cases for older devices running iOS 7, there were still bugs and inconsistencies. These problems should soon be a thing of the past now that Winterboard has been updated… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jan 7, 2014
iOS 7 was the most controversial software update that Apple has ever released, primarily because it ushered in an all-new design that replaced detail and so-called “skeuomorphism” with flatness and simplicity. Fortunately, for those that don’t favor the stock look, the arrival of the evasi0n7 jailbreak opens the doors to a myriad of new themes to choose from. Space Blueberry, for instance, is a beautiful new icon set for the iPhone and iPod touch. Take a closer look for yourself ahead… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 29, 2013
A new jailbreak theme package was just released on Cydia, and it allows users who install it to regain the app icons featured in iOS 6 and below. The theme, which is entitled iOS 6 Theme for iOS 7, is a WinterBoard release that replaces the stock iOS 7 app icons with those from earlier firmware. Take a gander at our full video walkthrough inside to see how it looks. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 14, 2013
We’ve got an extremely cool new Lock screen theme to show you guys and it’s called iOS 7 Accelerometer Slideshow Lockscreens. This is a new WinterBoard theme that recently appeared on Cydia, and it completely transforms the iOS Lock screen.
The download includes 5 different theme packs that work well with both 4″ iOS devices, and smaller 3.5″ devices. Each theme pack features well over a dozen different wallpapers that all move around as you move your device.
Like the Parallax effect found in iOS 7, these new themes allow you to harness the device’s built-in accelerometer for a similar stylized effect. It’s something that really needs to be seen to full appreciate.
Have a look inside as we showcase iOS 7 Accelerometer Slideshow Lockscreens on video. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 13, 2013
Folks feeling left out of all of the iOS 7 beta festivities will be happy to hear that there is now a way you can get in on the fun—no developer account required. A new theme just popped up in Cydia that promises to give your jailbroken iPhone an iOS 7-style makeover.
Now, obviously it’s not going to be exactly like iOS 7. You’re not going to get any of the new features that come with the major update, like the control center or the revamped Notification Center. But if you just want your iPhone to look like iOS 7, this theme is for you… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 26, 2013
I’m not usually a theme kind of guy. I know there are a lot of people out there that love customizing the look of their devices, and that’s awesome, but I’m more about functionality and minimalism.
That doesn’t mean, though, that I won’t give new and interesting themes a shot. I used ayecon for a long time, and then I had iMIUI for a bit. And over the past few days, I’ve been testing out Motif… Read More