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Winterboard may not support iOS 7


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Mar 28, 2012
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"When iOS 7 drops later this month, it will mark the largest and most radical update in the platformÂ’s history. In addition to its number of new features, the softwareÂ’s UI has been rebuilt from the ground up, bringing about new colors, fonts and other elements.

And while most people—at least those who have seen it—seem to be ok with the changes, others are counting on an iOS 7 jailbreak to get rid of the makeover. But that may be easier said than done, because according to Saurik, the future looks bleak for theming…

At least it does for WinterBoard, CydiaÂ’s most popular theming tool. In a recent comment on a Reddit thread, Saurik (who created and maintains WinterBoard) painted a grim picture for the utilityÂ’s future, explaining that itÂ’s very unlikely that WB will support iOS 7.

“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.”

And if WinterBoard were a no-show in iOS 7, that would have huge ramifications for the theming scene. Sure, there are other utilities out there, like DreamBoard. But keep in mind that many high profile theme designers, including Surenix, still use WinterBoard.

It’s important to note that Saurik’s decision isn’t final, and it’s very possible that theme artists will answer his proverbial call to arms and all will end well. But this does bring up an interesting point: as different as iOS 7 is from its predecessors, there’s a good chance that a lot of our favorite jailbreak apps and tweaks aren’t going to work initially—if at all—once the jailbreak hits.

Source: Saurik: there’s “very little hope” that WinterBoard will support iOS 7