With iOS 7, Apple’s design team has almost completely ripped apart iOS as we knew it and stuck it all back together in a much more colorful and intuitive fashion. Still, there are some who won’t be and aren’t fans of iOS 7′s new design language. Many of those will jailbreakers, looking forward to the day that an awesome team of hackers delivers a tool to enable them to do whatever they like with their phones.
One of the most popular – and often essential – tools for jailbreakers is WinterBoard. For those unfamiliar with the jailbreak scene, it’s the app that allows you to install custom themes to change the look of everything from the lock screen to app icons and status bar information. In fact, without it, I would have seen almost no point in jailbreaking whatsoever.
Sadly, it doesn’t look like it’s going to play nice with iOS 7 even if someone does figure out how to jailbreak it. Saurik posted on Reddit recently:
At this time, given that WinterBoard recieved 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”).
What I need are concrete bug reports (with screenshots and exact filenames) and core theming help (such as information on artwork files, or “car files”, at the level of the loader). If iOS 7 is even themable at all, and assuming WinterBoard can’t already theme parts of it, it is likely that WinterBoard will never manage to support those components as I doubt seriously that after four years theme artists will start taking the engine seriously.
Virtually all popular themes are run through WinterBoard, so it goes without saying that this will be a massive blow to the jailbreak scene.