WinterBoard updated to support 64bit devices and iOS 7
One of the biggest reasons people have loved jailbreaking their devices is to add custom themes, and Winterboard has been the main focal point in custom themes for iOS jailbreak for some time now. There are other jailbreak apps that allow for custom themes like DreamBoard, but none of them have really gotten the same theme support like Winterboard has. Now with WinterBoard updated to run on iOS 7, it really feels like we’re getting to the point of having a jailbreak with as much to offer as we had in iOS 6.
We’ve had a lot of jailbreak apps and tweaks filter in over the last several weeks, but one of those apps, we weren’t too sure we would ever get to see on iOS 7. WinterBoard’s developer Saurik had released a statement not much more than a few months ago stating that he was not planning to update the popular theme application for iOS jailbreak devices. His statement was mostly directed at theme designers themselves, as he said he was not getting enough useful feedback to maintain the jailbreak app. Saurik had this to say about not updating WinterBoard:
At this time, given that WinterBoard received no third-party help during all of iOS 6, I have very little hope in being able to support iOS 7. I need other people to tell me what to do to the engine: I am not a theme artist, I am just one of the few developers sympathetic to the needs of theme artists. However, I operate in a vacuum: theme artists don’t talk to me, and when they do they almost never talk about WinterBoard’s theme engine: instead, they complain about how their theme isn’t getting enough exposure in Cydia, or about some UI element. The closest was king_of_hill in April, but almost everything he wanted were complex feature requests (and the key ones were already taken care of by “use Cydget instead of WinterBoard to do what you are doing: WinterBoard isn’t designed for that”).
Apparently the theme developers came to meet the requests of Saurik, otherwise we would guess we wouldn’t have seen this update to WinterBoard. That or, he may have just changed his mind and realized trying to obtain useful feedback from users and developers is nearly a lost art form these days. Whatever the reason he decided to put out this update, we’re happy about it.
The update is also said to support the new ARM 64 bit devices like the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad Mini with Retina. Don’t expect WinterBoard to run completely flawlessly though, Saurik has stated that there are still some bugs and kinks that need to be worked out, especially for the ARM 64 bit devices.
So what does all these mean to the jailbreaking community? It means that jailbreakers can now apply themes to their iOS 7 device without the fear of incompatibility, at least for pre-ARM 64 devices. Currently there are few themes out there that support the new 64 bit devices, but you can be sure that more on the way. As far as older devices, there are plenty of themes already available to download on the Cydia store, but don’t expect them all to look as fancy as the iOS 7 base theme.
It will take a little time for theme developers to create some new themes specifically with iOS 7 in mind, but at least now they at least have the capability of doing so.
WinterBoard 0.9.3912 (just released) runs on iOS 7 and seems compatible with ARM64; theme artists are encouraged to report any crashes/bugs. – Jay Freeman (Saurik)
According to Saurik’s statement on twitter, it seems that WinterBoard still has some kinks that need to be worked out, but we’re fairly confident that Saurik wouldn’t release a update like this if it wasn’t functional enough for people to start updating to it. You can download WinterBoard for free through Cydia, currently the version is 0.9.3912. Be sure to check back often at PocketMeta for more news regarding the iOS 7 Jailbreak.
For more information on the iOS 7 jailbreak, check out some of the links below.
- How To: Jailbreak iOS 7 On iPhone, iPad, And iPod Touch
- iOS 7 Jailbreak: Cydia Tweaks, Apps, And Updates
- Can’t Recognize iOS 7 Jailbreak File System?
- How To: iTools Guide To Troubleshooting & File Management For iOS Devices
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