Install iOS ’86 Theme on iPhone & iPod touch
Remember that retro iOS ’86 concept theme for iPhone that popped up recently? We were hoping it would become an iOS theme, and it has. To use the iOS 86 theme you’ll need to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 5.0.1, here is how to do that with absinthe for iPhone 4S, or use redsn0w for jailbreaking other iOS 5 devices.
After you have jailbroken, do the following:
- Launch Cydia and add the source repo: http://repo.ithemes.it
- Search Cydia for “iOS 86” and install it
- Search Cydia for “Winterboard” and download that
- Launch Winterboard to find and activate iOS ’86 theme (complete the look with a white wallpaper)
I haven’t had the time to test this quite yet, but apparently the theme doesn’t change other UI elements or any icons outside of the iOS 5 native set, so if an app isn’t bundled with iOS don’t expect a nice retro black and white icon. Nonetheless, this is a great first start and it’s pretty cool for those of us who were impressed with the original concept.
Updated repo source, thanks for those who pointed this out