Being the impatient type, I can’t wait until the Fall to see beautiful design of iOS 7 on my phone. Luckily for me there are people in the world like Philip Wong who design themes so that people like me don’t have to wait. Wong’s iOS 7 Theme is a Winterboard theme available on Cydia (sorry, for jailbroken iPhones only). There are a few iOS 7 themes available on Cydia but in my opinion Philip Wong’s is, by far, the best and most complete. I’ve been using this theme on my iPhone for about a week now and he’s made updates on a daily basis. The video above shows Wong’s iOS 7 theme on my iPhone 5 on top of the LivePapers animated wallpaper (I thought it looked very similar to the Dynamic Wallpaper that is shown on iOS 7).
To download this gorgeous Winterboard theme for you iPhone or iPod (iPad support hopefully coming soon), search Cydia for the theme titled iOS 7 Theme by pw5a29 (in the ModMyi repo).
I’ve been an iPhone user since the 3GS and will probably never switch to a different phone (mainly because of how much I’ve invested in the App Store and iTunes over the past few years). My work phone, on the other hand, is an Android and I’m going to be honest, I love it. I love the customization capabilities and the graphic effects like the live wallpapers. One of the things I really love about my Android is the cube effect when scrolling between screens from the homescreen. Sadly, this wasn’t an effect that my iPhone was capable of….until now.
Barrel is an iOS application by developer Aaron Ash that adds awesome graphic effects to the Springboard when scrolling through the homescreen of your iOS device. There are several different effects to choose from, take a look at the video for a demonstration of each one.
Unfortunately, Barrel is only available for Jailbroken iOS devices (hopefully iOS 7 will provide similar features). It can be purchased from Cydia and is well worth the $2.99 price tag.
I love JailbreakMe.com. Jailbreaking your iDevice couldn’t be any easier. Unfortunately, I ran into some issues using the recently released JailbreakMe 3.0 to free my phone. I thought I’d post the workaround here in case anyone else ran into the same problems.
After updating my iPhone to iOS 4.3.3, I proceeded to JailbreakMe.com and attempted to perform the jailbreak. Cydia would begin the install on the springboard then the icon would disappear when it was about half way through. Rebooting my phone and computer didn’t seem to help. I ended up making a backup of my iPhone and performing a factory restore. Once the restore was complete and I was prompted to restore from a backup image or set up as a new phone, I performed the jailbreak from JailbreakMe.com and it worked flawlessly. After the jailbreak I selected the option to restore my phone from backup and I was good to go. I also had to sync my apps and music which took some time but in the end I became the proud owner of an up-to-date, jailbroken iPhone.