Give Your iPhone A New Look With This Drop Dead Gorgeous iOS Theme [Jailbreak]

Give Your iPhone A New Look With This Drop Dead Gorgeous iOS Theme [Jailbreak]

I’ve never been particularly interested in theming iOS on my jailbroken iPhone. Apple’s stock iOS design is simplistic and efficient. The last thing anyone wants is to look at an over-designed interface every day.

With that said, I’ve also been wanting a change of pace recently. With iOS 6 on the near horizon, I’ve been looking for beautiful and interesting jailbreak themes to switch things up on iOS 5.1.1. It just so happens that one of the most gorgeous themes ever made was just released in Cydia.

Designed by legendary jailbreak themer Surenix, ayecon (pronounced “ai-con”) is the latest and greatest Cydia theme for jailbroken iPhones. “In ayecon, every icon shares its own a little story and every detail’s surreal from the fabric texture to the brushed metal volume scrubber,” says Surenix.

I’ve been playing around with it for the past day or so, and it’s hard to not be impressed with the incredible attention to detail this theme exhibits. Surenix pulled no punches this time around, and I’m actually considering leaving ayecon installed on my personal iPhone indefinitely.

Whether you’re into themes or not, ayecon is worth checking out. Some of the things I love most would be the redesigned Music app (which sports an incredibly detailed iPod Nano-like icon), Notification Center background design, and new stock app color palette. A good theme makes it fun to explore iOS and run across different design tweaks, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing since installing ayecon.

Surenix’s latest theme adds a couple of extra wallpapers in the Camera Roll to complement the overall design. Everything from the ‘slide to unlock’ bar to the music controls in the app switcher has been redone. I also like how iOS folders display a max of 4 app icons on the Home screen. The theme comes with over 120 beautifull icons, including icons for Apple’s stock apps and many jailbreak apps. It’s all very well done, and ayecon is a testament to how the jailbreak community can bring different and beautiful design choices to iOS.

Ayecon is a Winterboard theme, so you’ll have to have Winterboard installed from Cydia first. You can get ayecon in Cydia now for $3. The theme will run on the iPod touch 4G, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S. An iPad version is in the works. Visit Surenix’s website for the full list of supported apps and more information.

More screenshots of ayecon running on my jailbroken iPhone 4S:

Give Your iPhone A New Look With This Drop Dead Gorgeous iOS Theme [Jailbreak]

Give Your iPhone A New Look With This Drop Dead Gorgeous iOS Theme [Jailbreak]

Give Your iPhone A New Look With This Drop Dead Gorgeous iOS Theme [Jailbreak]

Give Your iPhone A New Look With This Drop Dead Gorgeous iOS Theme [Jailbreak]

Give Your iPhone A New Look With This Drop Dead Gorgeous iOS Theme [Jailbreak]

Give Your iPhone A New Look With This Drop Dead Gorgeous iOS Theme [Jailbreak]

Give Your iPhone A New Look With This Drop Dead Gorgeous iOS Theme [Jailbreak]

Give Your iPhone A New Look With This Drop Dead Gorgeous iOS Theme [Jailbreak]

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  • Tallest_Skil

    Drop-dead GRAINY theme, you mean.

    I do, however, like the muted colors of and lessened gloss on the modal popup buttons. I would NOT be opposed to a fully matte UI in iOS 6 (like how Aqua in OS X has become), seeing as the screen itself provides the gloss in all instances now.
  • Enkera

    This is very over-done and has little attention to overall quality…

  • thehighesttimes

    Drop-dead GRAINY theme, you mean.

    I do, however, like the muted colors of and lessened gloss on the modal popup buttons. I would NOT be opposed to a fully matte UI in iOS 6 (like how Aqua in OS X has become), seeing as the screen itself provides the gloss in all instances now.

    YES, I’ve often wondered how the UI in iOS could be improved upon and I think a bit or a lot of matte would be perfect. I’m loving this theme by the way, I just can’t bring myself to jailbreak my iPhone. If anything I hope Apple include a few UI changes you can do yourself. I WANT MATTE

  • Josh Yates

    I am LOVING this theme.  Thanks for the heads up.  I, for one, appreciate it!  (I like Jaku too, though!)

  • brncofan7

    Been running it all day, think it’s great (IMO), personally a fan of this style

  • Shadowxpr

    I made this theme for my niece (gave her my original ipad 64g 3g when i bought the new ipad 64g 4g) And its now up for FREE on cydia;

    Themes are up in cydia FREE!

    Hello Kitty iPad theme iOS 5;

    http://modmyi.com/info/hellokittyipadthemeios5.php

    Hello Ketty iPad theme iOS 4;

    http://modmyi.com/info/hellokittyipadthemeios4.php

    Hello Kitty Animated BootLogo;

    http://modmyi.com/info/hellokittyipadthemebootlogo.php

    What about a story of a iPad theme for girls Cultofmac?

  • Lane Jasper

    One of the better ones I’ve seen for sure. I am pretty picky, most of the good one always come with app splash screens or crappy wallpaper and while you can edit the theme and change things, most themes suck imo. (for my tastes) I have yet to find the perfect theme for ME…also I don’t like how authors create a wallpaper and call it a “theme” horrible ;-)

    I’m not sure I like the fact that themes are 2.99…NOT sayin the author doesn’t deserve it for their hardwork, they DO indeed!, but a bit high for a theme.

  • technochick

    I have yet to see anything so awesome and must have that I simply have to jailbreak any of my devices. I’m not so lazy that I can’t do 2-3 extra taps to get to a setting that I change perhaps once a week if that. I don’t care for hanging my icons every which way or having moving backgrounds or the rest of it. 

    This is definitely not something to change my mind. The whole skeuomorphic design is annoying enough with just what Apple put in there, why would I want to increase that by having icons that are even more skeuomorphic
  • Lane Jasper

    I have yet to see anything so awesome and must have that I simply have to jailbreak any of my devices. I’m not so lazy that I can’t do 2-3 extra taps to get to a setting that I change perhaps once a week if that. I don’t care for hanging my icons every which way or having moving backgrounds or the rest of it. 

    This is definitely not something to change my mind. The whole skeuomorphic design is annoying enough with just what Apple put in there, why would I want to increase that by having icons that are even more skeuomorphic

    I’m sure you realize that Jailbreaking is MUCH MUCH more than just themes…there are so many amazing tweaks via jailbreaking that I simply wouldn’t own an iPhone otherwise. It offers so many customizations and features that it’s a complete MUST in my book….my iPhone looks and performs NOTHING like a stock device (and it’s snappier when in the “finder” or normal iOS environment) all due to jailbreaking. I don’t jailbreak for unlock or themese….for the system mods and tweaks that can be applied to the OS giving it many more features..far too many to list..one tool I HIGHLY recommend to get started is Springtomize 2…it alone can do MANY different things in a single app…probably the best JB app available as far as how much it can do/customize/tweak in a single package.

  • Lane Jasper

    WOW, I really like this theme afterall and ended up buying it. I don’t buy many themese but this IS very nice and I’m sure the author appreciates the COM plug! :-)

  • Lane Jasper

    This is very over-done and has little attention to overall quality…

    Meh…Jaku is very nice too , but this is pretty decent I thought. 2¢

  • Lane Jasper
    Drop-dead GRAINY theme, you mean.
    I do, however, like the muted colors of and lessened gloss on the modal popup buttons. I would NOT be opposed to a fully matte UI in iOS 6 (like how Aqua in OS X has become), seeing as the screen itself provides the gloss in all instances now.

    YES, I’ve often wondered how the UI in iOS could be improved upon and I think a bit or a lot of matte would be perfect. I’m loving this theme by the way, I just can’t bring myself to jailbreak my iPhone. If anything I hope Apple include a few UI changes you can do yourself. I WANT MATTE

    With the latest 5.1.1 Jailbreak you really should try it…I’ve been Jailbreaking since the day it was available when you had to do it the old fashioned way and ssh in etc (wasn’t always user friendly) and there is SOOOO much you can tweak besides themes, it’s really worth a shot…and you can always undo it.

  • Ryan Wonders

    My app labels came back after I installed. Ideas? I’ve tried fixing it with winterboard and respringing but no dice.

  • ApplePr0n

    It’s not bad. I do like how it doesnt try and do too much like some of the themes out there do

  • Lane Jasper

    My app labels came back after I installed. Ideas? I’ve tried fixing it with winterboard and respringing but no dice.

    Try moving the theme to the “top” in Winterboard.   ?

  • rob_jewitt

    Does anyone know how to get rid of the visible app names when using this? Can’t seem to remove them

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