By Timothy Reavis on Jan 28, 2016
For quite a while, I didn’t have much of an interest in iOS themes. Many of the icon packs available in Cydia seemed rather mediocre and did little to improve on iOS’s stock design – at least, that’s how it appeared to me. Those that did look nice often don’t have a very large number of themed apps, while others had designs so different from the average iOS icon that unthemed apps stood out as ghastly reminders of a lack of design uniformity.
My ideal theme wouldn’t stray too far from the current state of iOS, would have several hundred themed icons, and would be simple and uniform enough to compliment my Home screen without making every app look the same and particularly without removing easily discernible colors and glyphs that make an app easy to spot from the rest so I can remain efficient when using my device. Because of these requirements, my ideal theme is undoubtedly Veexillum.
By Timothy Reavis on Nov 21, 2015
Theming has long been a part of the jailbreak community, with designers exercising their creativity by redesigning various elements of iOS. From icons to system glyphs, WinterBoard has the power to transform the aesthetics of the user interface on an iPhone or iPad.
With the release of iOS 9, designers have been updating existing themes and releasing new ones, many of which we’ve looked through to bring you some of the best Winterboard themes for iOS 9 in Cydia. While everyone’s visual preferences are different, here are some of the best-looking themes available, per your author’s tastes.
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 31, 2015
Good news for those of you who are into theming your jailbroken iPhone—WinterBoard, the framework that’s pretty much the standard for theming iOS devices, is now compatible with iOS 9. This means that you can now enjoy all of the many wonderful themes available on Cydia with the latest available jailbreak. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 7, 2015
After my last few screenshots and videos, I’ve received numerous questions on Twitter, via email, and via the comments section about my status bar icons. More specifically, people are dying to know how I was able to get those cool-looking Android L-inspired cellular signal and Wi-Fi signal icons.
These icons are added to the status bar by means of a WinterBoard theme downloadable for free from Cydia. In this post, I’ll show you how you can add them to your iPhone. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 19, 2015
Vex—the tweak that allows you to apply custom themes to both Notification Center and Control Center—features several built-in options that look great. But none of the built-in themes look as good as MaterialOne.
MaterialOne for Vex is a new third-party theme that’s available free of charge on the MacCiti repo. It allows you to apply an Android 5.0-inspired look to both Control Center and Notification Center. Watch our video and see how. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2015
In the past I’ve wondered why Apple seems to neglect its dynamic theme options, yet every year there are new static themes available for iOS. Unfortunately, for those of us who like them, dynamic themes seem to have been placed permanently on the shelf.
An upcoming jailbreak package looks to change this by offering several new well-designed dynamic themes to jailbroken iOS users. It’s aptly entitled Dynamics, and it will be released once the teaser version receives 500 downloads. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Nov 26, 2014
Themers rejoice as WinterBoard has been updated to support new features of iOS 8. Clocking at version 0.9.3916, this new version of WinterBoard adds a few features geared towards iOS 8, as well as some features for users that are still on iOS 7.
Besides the many updates that can be found under the hood, the most obvious change users will notice right away is that WinterBoard isn’t a standalone app anymore, and all changes will have to be made directly from the dedicated panel in the Settings app. Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 7, 2014
A few weeks ago, I shared three beautiful iOS theme setups for the iPhone. Judging by the amount of readers that left comments, including those that shared their own setups, I would say it was a resounding success. A few readers asked that we follow up with another similar post, so here we are with three more colorful iOS theme setups to go along with the summer season. The setups come from the /r/iOSthemes community on Reddit, and we’ve included the jailbreak tweaks and themes used where possible… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on May 26, 2014
A few of our readers have asked us what happened to Theme Thursday, a weekly column that covered the best new Winterboard themes for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The answer is that we decided to discontinue this column in April, primarily because themes started being released on a less frequent basis. Nevertheless, the theming community is still going strong.
Despite the slowdown, there are still a number of quality themes released every now and then that are worth mentioning. As such, we’ve turned to the /r/iOSthemes community on Reddit and hand picked three iOS theme setups that we think look gorgeous. Where possible, we’ve included the themes and jailbreak tweaks used to achieve each setup. Take a look ahead… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Apr 10, 2014
Theme Thursday is back for the eleventh consecutive week, continuing to promote some of the best Winterboard theme releases for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This week, we are proud to present you with Gleam, Axle and Simplump.
Each theme is quite different from the next, which should provide everyone with something to choose from. If there is nothing you see here that you like, consider checking out previous editions of this roundup. We’ve covered almost 50 themes to date. Here are three more…
By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2014
Perhaps I’m in the minority on this one, but I definitely don’t miss any of the old stock wallpaper that was bundled with iOS versions lesser than iOS 7. The old wallpaper feels antiquated, especially when mated with the modern look of iOS 7.
But maybe I’m one of the few that feels this way, because there’s a jailbreak release that allows users to get that old pre-iOS 7 wallpaper back on their device. Entitled ClassicWallpapers, this recently released jailbreak tweak brings Apple’s old wallpaper out of retirement. Have a look at our full video walkthrough after the jump. Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Apr 3, 2014
It has now been over three calendar months since Theme Thursday began as a weekly column that promotes some of the best Winterboard theme releases for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. While this week was somewhat slower in terms of quality themes, we are still excited to share three well-designed releases alongside a preview of a fourth one that remains a work in progress. Join us ahead for a look at Looka, Elza, Comic7 and Caramelo… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Mar 27, 2014
The ninth edition of Theme Thursday, a weekly column that promotes some of the best Winterboard themes, features four releases with noticeably different designs. Aromy has a playful color scheme with drop shadows, RipMe HD has a nature-based design, px.theme is a pixel theme and Patience is just beautiful. Take a look at each ahead and keep your recommendations coming in the comments for next week… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Mar 20, 2014
It is quite impressive that even as this eighth edition of Theme Thursday has come upon us, there are still a number of quality Winterboard themes being released each week. It is equally as impressive how collaborative the theming community is in general, as a number of iDownloadBlog readers and others continue to share themes with us that they feel are deserving of making this column. This week, we are proud to share Inversify, Ayza, Rollypop and VectrOS. Here they are… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Mar 13, 2014
We’re back with the seventh edition of Theme Thursday, a weekly column that promotes some of the best Winterboard theme releases for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This column has mostly been experimental up until this point, as we continue to gauge the feedback from our readers. What we heard last week was that many of the themes looked very similar to each other, so this week we’ve tried to make things more unique… Read More
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