iOS 7 comes with a sleek new look, but you need to be a developer to actually check it out right now. Fortunately, you can get the look and feel of iOS 7 really easily with a few jailbreak tweaks and themes.
We talked before about getting the best features of iOS 7, but that didn’t really address how to get the new look. iOS 7 sports a dramatically different look than previous versions. Everything from the homescreen to the Notification Center looks completely different. We’re not going to be able to create an exact replica on iOS 6, but we can get close to it. You will need a jailbroken iOS device.
Get the iOS 7 Home Screen
First things first, let’s skin the icons and home screen to get the right look. For that, you’ll need Winterboard (check out our guide to customising your iPhone with Winterboard if you need some help with the basics) so you can install themes.
The theme we’re going to use is the iOS 7 Theme by pw5a29. This includes app icons, the settings interface, messages, signal bars and the lockscreen. Once it’s downloaded, go into Winterboard and enable iOS 7 StatusBar, Springboard, Siri, Notification Center, Messages UI, Lockscreen, Icons & UI and Folders. This gets you really close to the look of iOS 7, but we also need to update the font. iOS 7 slightly changed the font throughout the operating system, so, download and install this iOS 7 font. Once it’s downloaded, open BytaFont and select iOS 7. When your phone reboots, you’ll have a new system-wide font that better reflects iOS 7.
The above gets your home screen looking close to how it would look on iOS 7. It’s not perfect, and once you open any of the stock apps, the illusion is broken. However, if you’re only concerned about the home screen, this does the trick.
Add the Parallax Effect
Surprisingly, the Parallax effect where it looks like a 3D effect is on your home screen has been around for a while for jailbroken iPhones. You just need to download and install the DeepEnd tweak from Ryan Petrich’s repository in Cydia. Once it’s installed, your background moves with your phone’s accelerometer.
Add the Control Center Toggles to Notification Center
The new version of Notification Center is a pretty pretty big overhaul that nobody has replicated quite yet. That said, you can combine a few tweaks together to make the Notification Center in iOS 6 look like a combination of the Notification Center and Control Center in iOS 7:
- Download and install NCSettings from Cydia.
- Enable NCSettings by turning it on in Settings > Notifications.
- Download and install BlurriedNCBackground from Cydia.
- Grab the iOS 7 Control Toggles theme for Winterboard. Enable it in both Winterboard (iOS 7 Control Toggles BG) and NC Settings (Settings > NC Settings > Theme > iOS 7 Control Toggles).
- If you want to add the Control Center-style music controls, you can add in NCMusicGestures. It’s not as good-looking as the iOS 7 music controls, but it’s functionally the same.
Now your Notification Center works almost identically to Control centre in iOS 7.
Add a Few Minor Tweaks
If you want to extend the look a little more, you can with a few additional themes and tweaks:
- iOS 7 Theme for Auxo
- iOS 7 Theme for the Calculator
- iOS 7 Theme for Velox
- Clockify to create live clock
It’s not a perfect replica, but it’s close in appearance if not the function. The best part is you can do all this and retain your jailbreak. So, if you’re hesitant to make that upgrade to iOS 7 when it’s released to the public later this year, you can get the look right now without worrying about the jailbreak down the line.
And, hey, if Android users want in on the fun, you can do the same thing.