The /r/iOSthemes section of reddit has quickly become a breeding ground for some of the newest tweaks and themes in the iOS world, giving new designers a platform to get their work in front an eager crowd. The results have been pretty spectacular.
This week, user Dekesto announced a work in progress BiteSMS theme that proved extremely popular—a then-unnamed, off-white, minimalistic theme. A few days later—now going by the name Imperial—it was done and released to Cydia on Dekesto’s own repo. To grab it for yourself, add the following repo to your Cydia sources—and be sure to keep an eye on /r/iOSthemes for future releases: http://cydia.myrepospace.com/dekesto/
One note: The keyboard shown above is not part of the theme. Instead, it comes from the FlatIcons ColorKeyboard theme. To use it you’ll need Color Keyboard, FlatIcons, and FlatIcons ColorKeyboard.
Now available in Cydia, LS Frost is an iPhone 5 friendly port of an old favorite. My version resizes the original theme, but also adds a new twist: the secondary notification stack has been relocated to the top of the display so it doesn’t overlap the central display.
It’s out now in the ModMyi repo. For installation tips, have a look at the FAQ here.
Just out from developer Ryan Petrich, Grabby is a tweak to the iOS lock screen camera grabber. After installing it, swiping the stock grabber to the left will reveal three extra icons, allowing users to swipe any of them up to launch the messaging, mail, or music app of their choice (or any other app, really, although the icons are for those three choices). The camera app can also be replaced with a third party choice.
One welcome feature: until a user swipes left on the default grabber, the lock screen UI looks completely native, which is a design bonus for anyone who prefers to customize their lock screen to their own tastes.
To find it in Cydia, add Petrich’s repo: http://rpetri.ch/repo/
Lock screen themes have long been a popular customization for people using jailbroken iPhones, offering a simple way to change up the look of your device as well as add functionality through lock screen weather widgets and enhanced notification schemes. But for users who don’t write code—which is most people—this has always meant using a theme constructed by somebody else. Not any more.
Clock Builder is an App Store app with a secret. Designed as a way to build a customized in-app clock, the app allows users to customize their clock, calendar, and weather icons, choosing from a variety of fonts and graphic styles as they move each element around the screen. Once the layout is done, the app functions as a simple way to view time and weather—but only within the app. Unless you’re using a jailbroken device. That’s where things get really interesting.