iOS 7 has been one of the most controversial updates in the history of iOS, mostly because it imposed a totally new design that made the past iOS UI a history. The iOS 7 design has been praised for simplicity and criticized for the parallax effect, even though the same parallax effect is the favorite feature for many.
Fortunately, those who are never satisfied with stock looks of their devices can enjoy the unlimited tweaking possibilities brought by evasi0n7 jailbreak. In the themes department, we have tons of dazzling, minimalistic, creative designs to choose from. It is virtually impossible to compile an accurate rating in themes because artistic perception is highly subjective. So, we shall try to cover as much awesome themes as possible instead.
Every update has a hall of fame, where the most jaw-dropping apps and tweaks rest on laurels. Undoubtedly, NextGenUI deserves a place in the iOS 7 gallery of the best themes. However, it is not just a custom icon theme, but so much more. A whole new UI transformed and intensely hi-tech awaits you.
GroovyCarrot, the theme’s developer, was inspired by the next generation space games, “NextGenUI is a spacial interface concept based on the idea of having all of your applications represented as graphical nodes, with a futuristic design; NGUI4 is full of features and interactivity.”
NextGenUI stands apart not only due to its unique, futuristic design, but also because it does not depend on WinterBoard or DreamBoard. You just need to download and install it on your jailbroken device, then go to Settings -> NextGenUI -> Enable.
Everything in NGUI is very responsive – tap and hold anywhere on your home screen to add or edit nodes; use pinch gestures to resize and move them around, or even link nodes. The visuals are very impressive, and you will be wondering if you are still using the same device.
In addition, you can change theme color, disable or enable animations.
This one is a Winterboard theme, and you can find it on Cydia, the ModMyi repo, or get it via the direct Dropbox download. Basically, it is a beautiful set of icons for iPhone and iPod touch devices. Space Blueberry covers all stock apps except a few, and these icons are worth a say, especially the Game Center, Safari, Music and Reminders. Space Blueberry makes them look so much better. In addition, this app has icons for a bunch of most popular third-party apps, such as Cydia, Alien Blue, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Winterboard, Twitterrific, VKontakte and YouTube.
If you are installing it manually, unzip the file, place it in /var/stash/themes and apply it via WinterBoard.
This theme is absolutely dazzling and while some of the third-party apps still need themed icons, the ones already present are just beautiful. The theme has drop shadows and a very eye-pleasing color scheme.
You may try to search for it on Cydia, but in case it is still not there, go to the developer’s deviantART page to download the file. Then, you just place the Zanilla.theme manually in the Winterboard directory/Library/Themes/ and enjoy the new looks of your iOS 7 device.
For iOS 7
You don’t have to be an art critic to be able to appreciate good-looking things, and Soft Remix for iOS 7 is beautiful, making home screen icons a tad smaller, with “squircle” edges and custom icons for some third-party apps you would not expect, such as IMDb, SoundCloud and BlackBerry Messenger. The theme is free on Cydia under the Big Boss repo.
This theme will appeal to those who prefer sophisticated simplicity, in other words, gourmets. Clarity offers an extensive gallery of 150 icons for stock and third-party apps, but there is one catch – if one of your apps is not on the list of themed icons, its stock looks will stand out, making the overall theme looks kind of shaken and inconsistent. You could put the themed icons on the home screen, and move the non-themed on subsequent pages. The theme is free on Cydia under ModMyi repository.
This elegant theme takes iOS 7 simplicity further by using transparency to achieve the crystal clear view of your iOS 7 UI. 7ransparency comes loaded with nine color schemes you can enable via Winterboard. This theme, too, has one minor drawback –the non-themed icons need to be removed from the home screen; otherwise they ruin the beauty. The theme is free on Cydia under the BigBoss repository.
RocketSauce, 1derful and 1derland
The reason I put them together is they belong to the same developer, Tim Collins. One look at the screenshots is enough to see how different these themes are from the others. The themes may not have a tremendous gallery of icons, but they certainly look ultramodern and change the entire looks of your UI. In fact, these themes were designed to alter the interface as such, but iOS 7 puts some limitations on developers. The apps are available on Cydia, $2.99 each.
Art-lovers will definitely like this oil-based paint finish for their icons. All stock icons are covered, as well as a bunch of popular third-party apps. Overall, this artsy theme piques interest of numerous users, and you might want to give it a try. It is free on Cydia under the BigBoss repo.
We will be posting the second part of our favorite iOS 7 themes this week, so stay with us!