There have been countless apps for TrollStore and the MacDirtyCow exploit in recent memory that allow users to customize their Home Screen’s app icons with ease, even without a jailbreak on firmware ranging from iOS 14.0-16.1.2. The latest of such releases is TrollBoard by iOS developer haxi0.
According to the developer, TrollBoard is a proof-of-concept in its current form, and it supports iOS versions 15.0-16.1.2 by way of the MacDirtyCow exploit. In the /r/jailbreak release post, the developer says that while it can be used as an alternative to the Cowabunga app, TrollBoard doesn’t offer the option to revert your app icons back to how they were, so there’s a hint of risk involved with using it in its current form; a future v1.1 update could add a revert feature.
On the project’s GitHub page, haxi0 outlines how to use TrollBoard:
1) Launch the app so TrollBoard can make the folder for you.
2) Get an icon you want to change your app to, drop it into /var/mobileTrollBoard via Santander or Filza
3) Make sure your icon is named after your app’s bundle ID; for example: com.apple.calculator.png for the Calculator app
4) Go to TrollBoard and refresh the list of .png files. You can see your image there and tap to apply it to see how it looks
At this time, TrollBoard only works with user apps and will require a reboot after being applied for themed app icons to take effect.
As for the risk incurred with using TrollBoard, developers of the competing Cowabunga platform have said that because TrollBoard modifies system files, there’s a chance for conflict with other customization apps that would make troubleshooting a nightmare scenario. Many of the sentiments appear to echo the Mugunghwa vs. TrollTools debate that raged on between those two developers many months ago.
The TrollBoard developer responded to some of these claims in the /r/jailbreak release thread, and it seems like future updates could make it even safer to use.
It will be interesting to see how TrollBoard evolves as future releases come out. After all, competition is good because it motivates developers to produce better apps compared to their competition to draw users in. With so many different app theming platforms available for non-jailbroken devices, there’s a lot more fun to be had on devices that don’t currently have a jailbreak.
TrollBoard is available to try out via the developer’s GitHub page.
Are you planning to try TrollBoard, or have the comments about its safety encouraged you to try something else such as Cowabunga? Let us know in the comments section down below.