Category Archives: Themes

New to jailbreaking? Here’s 6 must-have tweaks !

If you’ve jailbroken your device for the first time this week (thanks to the iOS 4.3.1 untethered jailbreak being released), chances are that you may not know where to begin. There are thousands of neat things that you can do once jailbroken.

This post will cover just 6 of them, all of which I personally consider “must-have” tweaks for anybody who has recently joined the jailbreak scene.

1. revi-krs HD (iOS Theme)

One of the main reasons to jailbreak is to use custom iOS themes, which are all able to customize the way your copy of iOS looks, functions, and feels. The above theme is called “revi” by theme designer-extraordinaire “krs”. This theme will change nearly every UI element in iOS. It also includes several nice UISounds (lock, unlock, etc). It also features a weather widget for both your home screen and lock screen, which can be customized with your own location and wallpaper. Note: The missed calls/voicemail/mail/SMS/notification area that you see on the lock screen is “LockInfo”, which is discussed later on in this post.

2. SBSettings

SBSettings is a really simple and convenient way of turning certain functions of your phone on and off, such as 3G, Wi-Fi, location services, Bluetooth, and more. There are also a number of extra toggles available, such as brightness, notes, and more. SBSettings also has a settings application that has some extra features, such as hiding icons from your SpringBoard, disabling/enabling certain MobileSubstrate extensions, and a lot more. Lastly, SBSettings can be themed. With the number of SBSettings themes available, you’re likely to find something that suits your style.

3. FolderEnhancer

Looking for an alternative to the built-in Folders feature of iOS? FolderEnhancer is your answer. With it, you’ll be able to put folders inside of folders, add pages to your folders, scroll through the icons in your folders vertically or horizontally, and more. My favorite feature is with the speed at which it opens your folders; opening folders is instant, no matter how many icons or folders that you may have in them. The actual opening animation is silky smooth as well, which with the stock folders in iOS, could be quite sluggish and choppy if you have a lot of apps in them.

4. iFile

Jailbreaking opens up the entire filesystem for your browsing pleasure. iFile is a simple and feature-packed way of doing so. It brings in features, such as opening a web server, sending files to other iDevices via Bluetooth, ZIPping up files and folders, and emailing files and folders. It also allows you to open files and edit them (.plist files, .txt files, etc). If you like tinkering with things, or if you just want to know how the filesystem of iOS works, then iFile is your answer.

5. LockInfo

Looking for an alternative to the default iOS notification system? Want to bring your various notifications to your lock screen to quickly view them while on-the-go? LockInfo is for you. It can show you your missed calls, new voicemail messages, new email message, text/picture messages, push notifications, and a lot more all on your lock screen OR on your home screen thanks to its InfoShade feature. InfoShade is basically a drop-down panel that contains the same information as on your lock screen, but can be accessed anywhere on your iDevice no matter what application you’re in. I have mine set so that, when I slide down on my status bar, it will bring up the panel. There are a number of extra plugins available, such as Twitter, weather, RSS, and some for various “to-do” apps.

6. biteSMS

Lastly, we have biteSMS, a full iOS Messages replacement that makes Messages what it should’ve been all along. The most notable feature is the ability to reply to text messages without leaving the app that you’re in. Once the usual new message pop-up comes up, you’ll have a number of options, one of which is reply. Tapping on reply will bring up the keyboard, and you’ll be able to reply to the message right then and there. You’ll have the option to make biteSMS the default app, use Messages as the default app, or use both at the same time.

OS7: Windows Phone 7 Theme for iPhone, iPod touch with Live Tiles

Wyndwarrior has developed a new Windows Phone 7 theme ‘OS7′ for jailbroken iPhone and iPod Touch device that brings customizable start menu and live tiles on the springboard and runs independently from winterboard. You do not require to pre-install Iconoclasm, Infiniboard, SpringJumps, WinterBoard. No complex setup is required; it is just a simple plug-and-play theme. Catch up the theme in action:

How to install Windows Phone 7 Theme OS7 into iPhone, iPod touch

Step 1: Install Backboard from Cydia.
Step 2: Make sure you have created a “Default” backup, if not, press the add button in Backboard and give it a name.
Step 3: Go on your device and click on this link: backboard
Step 4: Press “Yes” and wait for it to download. This may take a few minutes depending on your internet connection.
Step 5: Select OS7 from Backboard. Press Install. Respring.

 

DISABLE ADS ON YOUR IDEVICE

There are many ad block tweaks available in Cydia but non like SBAdblockToggle.  This tweak will block not only ads from Cydia, but also Jailbroken and Appstore apps!

Before you start, make sure you have SBSettings installed as it is required for this to work.

Okay so the first step is to add the following Repo to Cydia:

Next your going to search for SBAdBlockToggle and install it.

Make sure you respring after you install, just incase it doesn’t do this automatically.

Now bring up SBSettings and you should see a new toogle called AdBlock.

Press and Hold the toggel for a few seconds until your iDevice resprings.

Once your iPhone resprings, bring up SBSettings and turn on the AdBlock toggle by clicking on it.

You have now removed those annoying ads from Cydia, Jailbroken and AppStore Apps. /via i-Enthusiast.com

 

 

CUSTOM SKINS COMING TO CYDIA?

Apparently Saurik has hired a VP of Business Development who is beginning a new program designed to allow users to purchase custom iDevice skins that will match the theme of their choice.

We are soon going to be selling skins for all major iDevices. We would like to offer users skins that match the themes being sold in Cydia. These skins will allow people to fully customize the physical exterior appearance of their device in addition to the look/feel of the graphical user interface. The skins are made of premium vinyl from 3M and fit perfectly onto all iDevices. They can also be removed at any point without issue. Users will be able to theme the physical look of their phone and regularly change it to whatever they desire. – Patrick J. Dietzen, VP of Business Development

The news come from a post at MMi, no actual public confirmation from himself at this time.

We have seen similar skins already being sold by companies like Skinit, Zagg and many others where they’ll include a matching lockscreen to go with your custom skin, but a whole theme to go with your skins sounds even better.  Will Cydia skins be competitive in pricing compare to the current market?  Only time will tell..

Would you rock a skin made from your favorite iPhone theme?  If so, for how long?

More info as it comes in…

 

 

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