Two things that remain mostly the same since the very first iPhone launched in 2007 are the Status Bar and the Dock. Despite a few minor tweaks and adjustments by Apple over the years, they haven’t changed much, and it’s apparent that many users demand more from these essential interface elements.
Diamond is a newly released jailbreak tweak by iOS developer SouthernGirlWhoCode that re-imagines these interfaces on the iOS platform, and it does so by combining some of the most important features of the Dock and Status Bar into a single, aesthetically pleasing interface that can be customized in a bevy of different ways.
As depicted in the screenshot examples above, Diamond brings a fundamentally different Dock and Status Bar experience to the iOS platform by combining the two into a collapsible interface. In addition to the apps you’d normally find in your Dock, Diamond plays host to modules that depict normal Status Bar information including your signal strength, the date & time, and more.
If you struggle to grasp the idea of ditching the traditional Status Bar or Dock, then you’ll be happy to know that Diamond comes with options to have your cake and eat it too. For example, perhaps you want to keep the Status Bar how it comes out of the box, but still want the upgraded Dock experience; or vice versa. Neither condition will be a problem.
After you’ve embraced the idea, however, you can open the Diamond interface by tapping on the SpringBoard icon or using the Reachability gesture, and from there, you may begin configuring it by tapping on the Settings cog. Here, you can choose what appears in Diamond, including which apps, which Status Bar items, and which accessory modules:
As you can see for yourself, the Diamond menu gives users the ability to choose from a wide variety of things that will appear in the interface. Apart from the obvious, which includes all available installed applications, you can choose various Status Bar icons such as Wi-Fi, Cellular, Carrier, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Do Not Disturb, and more. Additionally, you can add an accessory module of your choice, whether it’s RAM usage, Calendar, Events, or app usage.
Once installed, users can visit the dedicated Diamond preference pane in the Settings app to configure a number of options:
Here, you can:
- Toggle Diamond on or off on demand
- Make adjustments to Diamond’s color schemes
- Manage the Diamond background
- Configure SpringBoard behavior
- And more…
As you’ve probably come to expect from an iDB review, we’ll give you thr grand tour of each of those sections below:
In the Colors preference pane, users can:
- Toggle Diamond colorization on or off on demand
- Colorize the Diamond interface:
- Colorize Apps:
- Stock applications
- Third-party applications
- Select a custom Calendar accent color
- Select up to two different colors for Events
- Colorize RAM usage:
- Free RAM
- Used RAM
- Total RAM
- Colorize toggle states:
- On state
- Off state
- Select a custom color for the volume bar
- Colorize Battery information:
- Normal battery level
- Low battery level
- Low Power Mode
- Colorize the Dock interface:
- Dock color
- Dock icon color
Here, you can:
- Enable or disable using a background image for the Diamond interface
- Choose a background image from your Photo Library
Here, you can:
- Enable or disable the Diamond Dock
- Enable or disable the Hide Page control
- Hide the Status Bar
An option to Respring your device is embedded in the primary preference pane and is required to save any changes that you make in the Settings app. One thing worth noting, however, is that you won’t need to Respring if merely editing what appears in the Diamond interface from the interface itself.
Those interested in trying Diamond out for themselves may purchase the tweak for $2.30 from the Twickd repository via their favorite package manager. Diamond supports jailbroken iOS 13 and iOS 14 devices, but unfortunately doesn’t support iPads at this time.
Do you think Diamond is an upgrade from the traditional iOS interface? Let us know down in the comments section below.