Eclipse 4 released, brings system-wide night mode to jailbroken iOS 10 devices

It seems as thought night/dark mode jailbreak tweaks are really hot these days, and the popular Eclipse night mode jailbreak tweak by developer Guillermo Moran has officially been re-released this week with full support for iOS 10, officially raising the bar for all the hype.

The new version of Eclipse, named Eclipse 4 because it’s the fourth iteration of the tweak since its initial inception back in 2014, is a free download for anyone who owns any of the previous versions from any other jailbreak they may have had in the past.

A freebie tweak was released just last week called DarkMessages brought night mode-like functionality specifically to the Messages app, and while it was neat to try, it really made your mouth water for the night mode-like look and feel in every app.

What’s nice about Eclipse 4 is how it’s a system-wide solution for your iPhone or iPad, which is optimal for any jailbreaker who doesn’t want to install a different tweak for every app on their device.

Additionally, Eclipse can be used for theming, as you can use it to color your iOS interface in any way that you want to, whether you want iOS to look as dark as possible for night use, or you want to deck it out with your favorite color schemes for the heck of it.

Configuring Eclipse 4

Eclipse 4 adds a preferences pane to the Settings app where you can configure all of its extensive settings to your personal liking:

From the main preferences pane, you can do any of the following:

  • Toggle the tweak on or off
  • Toggle the tweak in SpringBoard
  • Toggle Alternative Mode
  • Hide or show table separators
  • Play around with your custom color options
  • Play around with additional customization options
  • Choose the applications that the tweak works in
  • Override black colors with a selected text color in apps that won’t play well with Eclipse

When you go into the settings related to coloring your device’s system-wide UI, you can go crazy with color customizations. Although the most common choice will be to leave things stock and have a dark night mode-like UI for your iPhone, you might opt for a more unique color scheme. Some of the things you can customize here include:

  • Whether or not the Cell Detail text gets colorized
  • The color you want the Navigation Bar to be
  • The dominant theme color you want your UI to be
  • The color you want to tint your buttons and switches
  • The color you want your Status Bar text to be

In the screenshots below, you can see some examples of just what changing these settings can yield:

You can also go into the More Options preferences pane to find more miscellaneous options. Among those are the following:

  • Colorizing your iOS keyboard
  • Choosing a color for your iOS keyboard
  • Colorizing loading/splash screens
  • Choosing a color for your loading/splash screens
  • Toggling translucent Navigation Bars
  • Toggling tinted SMS bubbles
  • Toggling tinted iMessage bubbles
  • Colorizing the Status Bar
  • Choosing a color for your application Dock

There are also two more options here that are still experimental and are coming soon in a future update, including:

But since those aren’t available yet… more on that later.

Other stuff you should know

Eclipse 4 is probably one of my top favorite jailbreak tweaks of all time. It has withstood the test of time and comes with incredible support and rapid updates with every iteration of iOS and each new jailbreak. It’s also one of my favorite reasons to have a jailbreak today, despite Apple’s addition of the f.lux-like Night Shift mode.

The tweak is incredibly lightweight, so it doesn’t bog your device down with unnecessary processes. In fact, the developer says it’s so lightweight that you won’t even notice an impact on battery life from it. As many themers will tell you, being lightweight on resources is a huge advantage.

While the tweak won’t play nicely with all third-party apps, simply because some app developers don’t follow strict app design guidelines, it does work with most of them. For apps where Eclipse does not work well, you can easily blacklist them from the tweak’s integrated application list and they will remain unaffected by Eclipse. The rest of your apps, however, will continue to be affected by the tweak.

You should also know that Eclipse doesn’t include scheduling options, but it does include an Activator and Flipswitch toggle, which means you can easily toggle it on or off system-wide with a single gesture whenever you’re ready to start using it, such as around 6 PM and later when the Sun begins to set.

Finally, I should mention that you can combine the effects of Eclipse 4 with that of Noctis for iOS 10 and achieve a more complete darkened iPhone or iPad UI that includes various other elements of iOS, including:

  • Control Center
  • Volume HUD
  • Application Dock
  • Application folders
  • And more…

If you are interested in grabbing Eclipse 4, you can do so from Cydia’s BigBoss repository right now for $0.99. Don’t forget that if you already own any previous version of Eclipse, then this version is a free upgrade, compliments of the gracious developer.

Note: Eclipse 4 is designed especially for iOS 10. If you want Eclipse for iOS 9, then you should install Eclipse 3 instead.

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