How To Create iOS 7 On A Jailbroken iPhone Running iOS 6

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iOS 7 has been released in beta form to those who have paid for a developer account with Apple, but the rest of the general public will have to wait. Apple plans to ship iOS 7 to the world later this fall, so for now you’re limited to seeing screenshots online and the occasional GIF.

Unless you have a jailbroken iPhone, that is. Here’s how to create iOS 7 on iOS 6.

Flaticons theme
The Messages app and Tweetbot themed by Flaticons.

The Messages app and Tweetbot themed by Flaticons.

This $1 Winterboard theme doesn’t look identical to iOS 7 by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s closer than the stock look of iOS 6. Search for it in Cydia to install and then apply in Winterboard. The icons are obviously more squared than iOS 7, but the general aesthetic is close enough. Combine the theme with another jailbreak tweak called LSFlatAlerts for a more attractive notification view on the lockscreen.

In my opinion, Flaticons actually looks better and more legible than most of iOS 7.

BlurriedNCBackground for Notification Center

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The iOS 7 Notification Center background has absolutely no linen, and that’s a good thing. Instead, the background is a dark blur, and it looks beautiful. BlurriedNCBackground can create a similar effect. Also try NCColors in Cydia if you can get a darker look.

CardSwitcher for multitasking

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Apple has a new webOS-like multitasking interface in iOS 7. Instead of static app icons, the app switcher shows fullscreen previews of open apps. You can recreate this experience with a $2 jailbreak tweak called CardSwitcher. It works great, and there’s some added customizability that Apple doesn’t offer.

Auxo for Control Center

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In iOS 7, Control Center let’s you quickly access Settings toggles like WiFi and Bluetooth. Auxo is an iOS 6 multitasking replacement for jailbreakers that does pretty much the same thing. Another tweak called NCSettings places Settings toggles in Notification Center.

FolderEnhancer for folders

The new folder view in iOS 7. You can get close with FolderEnhancer.

The new folder view in iOS 7. You can get close with FolderEnhancer.

Apple finally added the ability to put a ton of apps in one folder with iOS 7. You still can’t put a folder within a folder, but luckily a jailbreak tweak called FolderEnhancer allows you to do that as well. You can customize the iOS folders background to create a blurred effect that resembles iOS 7. I recommend taking the brightness to 100% and alpha to around 50% in the “Appearance” settings of the tweak.

3DBoard for parallax

The iOS 7 Home screen uses your iPhone’s positioning hardware to create a dynamic effect when you tilt the device in your hand. Apple refers to as parallax. Instead of your app icons staying still, it looks like they rotate to follow your perspective as the iPhone’s screen is tilted. To get a good idea of how this works, install a $1.50 jailbreak tweak called 3DBoard.

LivePapers for animated wallpapers

The iOS 7 lockscreen.

The iOS 7 lockscreen.

Like Android, iOS 7 has animated wallpapers. A free jailbreak tweak called LivePapers lets have animated backgrounds on iOS 6 as well. There are two paid addons available for the tweak: Bubbles Pro and Nexus. Each allows you to customize and fine tune certain animations to your liking. I recommend Bubbles Pro for creating a more iOS 7-like effect.

A big shout out to Cult of Mac reader Ryan Corrigan for helping research this article. You can follow him on Twitter: @RyanTheC.

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  • tuna_m

    I see the appeal for automatic app updates, but I kind of like seeing a new update icon and checking out what’s new. Sure, sometimes it’s just a boring bug fix and I don’t care, but a lot of times it’s new features, or in a game, new levels that I wouldn’t have known about had I not had to click on the “what’s new.”

    If Where’s My Water adds a bunch of new levels and I don’t know about it, I’ll never even open the game to notice a message saying “hey we added new levels.” http://goo.gl/lMvJG

  • SupaMac

    running iOS 7, it auto-updates and still alerts you that there was an update. From there, you can read about the info about the update just like in iOS 6

    That being said, I like the ability to decide whether or not I want to update or not. Occasionally there are crappy updates that one does not want and I like to be able to decide if I want to do it or not.

    I see the appeal for automatic app updates, but I kind of like seeing a new update icon and checking out what’s new. Sure, sometimes it’s just a boring bug fix and I don’t care, but a lot of times it’s new features, or in a game, new levels that I wouldn’t have known about had I not had to click on the “what’s new.”

    If Where’s My Water adds a bunch of new levels and I don’t know about it, I’ll never even open the game to notice a message saying “hey we added new levels.” http://goo.gl/lMvJG

  • skibumstevo

    It appears you cannot run 3DBoard and LivePapers simultaneously. LivePapers just operates over the top of everything else, so you don’t get the 3D effect. If I disable/uninstall LivePapers, 3DBoard returns to normal…and I’ve confirmed this same behavior is true with 3DBoard alternative, DeepEnd.

    Bummer :/

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