On Saturday, we showed you Alkaline
, a new free jailbreak tweak that allows you to theme your iOS 7 battery icon in the Status Bar without having to use WinterBoard.
Alkaline comes with two themes bundled with the jailbreak tweak that you can use right off the bat – Bolus, and Habesha. We showed you both of these in the Alkaline post (and you can also see them in the header image of this post). We also told you that it was possible to make your own themes to use with Alkaline, and several graphic designers have done just that. In this post, we're going to show you some of the new Alkaline iOS 7 battery icon themes that have been released recently in Cydia.
1. SemiCircular for Alkakine
SemiCircular for Alkaline
by tigerban is a cool new theme for your iOS 7 battery icon that uses Alkaline. This uses a semi-circular icon design that changes dynamically as your battery drains or charges. It puts the battery percentage right in the center of the semi-circle so that you don't have to enable the battery percentage option under Settings>General>Usage>Battery Percentage and this gives you additional Status Bar space while still allowing you to see the information you want to see. When you are charging your iOS device, the battery percentage in the center of the semi-circle disappears and a lightning bolt icon is displayed instead.
SemiCircular for Alkaline offers both a black and white version and colored version of the theme that you can choose from in Alkaline's preferences pane in the Settings application.
Applying this theme requires a respring. If you want to give it a try, it's available for free in Cydia's ModMyi repository.
2. Vertical iOS7 Battery
Vertical iOS7 Battery
by dallasgroot rotates your iOS 7 battery icon counter-clockwise 90º so that you have a vertical battery icon instead of a horizontal battery icon. By having the battery icon rotated in this way, your battery icon uses less space in the Status Bar and allows you to fit more information in the Status Bar at once – perfect for those with custom carrier names, Status Bar icons, or custom clock formats.
Applying this theme requires a respring. If you want to try Vertical iOS7 Battery, it's available for free in Cydia's ModMyi repository.
3. Dots for Alkaline
Dots for Alkaline
by dallasgroot makes your iOS 7 battery level indicator resemble the new signal strength indicator in iOS 7. Instead of a battery icon, you will see five dots that dynamically fill up or become empty depending on your battery percentage level. Notably, because the dots act like Apple's signal strength dots, they don't partially fill up.
If you're like me, and you use a free jailbreak tweak called 'Bars' to give you a more accurate signal strength indicator, then using the iOS 7 dots for your battery level indicator won't seem redundant and you won't have iOS 7-style dots on both the left side and the right side of your Status Bar.
Applying this theme requires a respring. If you want to give Dots for Alkaline a whirl, it's available for free in Cydia's ModMyi repository.
4. SpeedBattery for Alkaline
SpeedBattery for Alkaline
by tigerban is another Alkaline theme that some might enjoy. This theme turns your battery level indicator into a speedometer, and depending on your battery percentage, your battery will either be in the green, yellow, or red. SpeedBattery, like SemiCircular, shows the battery percentage in the icon, so you don't have to enable the stock Battery Percentage feature under under Settings>General>Usage>Battery Percentage, and yet you'll still have the best of both worlds.
Notably, this icon is colored and iOS 7 seems to take advantage of a black and white user interface, so it does seem a bit out of place, but it still is neat to see something other than the stock battery level indicator.
Applying this theme requires a respring. If you want to download and try SpeedBattery for Alkaline, it's available for free in Cydia's ModMyi repository.
by dallasgroot gives your iOS 7 device a Mac OS X-inspired battery level indicator. The icon looks almost exactly like the icon that you'll see on any Mac OS X machine, and behaves in a similar way.
Applying this theme requires a respring. If you want to apply MacBattery to your iOS 7 device, it's available for free in Cydia's ModMyi repository.
6. iOS5 Battery7
by dallasgroot gives your iOS 7 device an iOS 5-inspired battery level indicator. The icon looks almost exactly like the icon that you'll see on any iOS 5 device, and behaves just like you would expect it to on those devices.
Notably, because this battery icon is colored, it does feel a little out of place in several iOS 7 interfaces, which tend to lean more towards flat and black and white. On the other hand, it's cool to see somewhat of a comeback for an older-style battery level indicator on newer iOS operating systems.
Applying this theme requires a respring. If you want to download iOS5 Battery7 on your device, it's available for free in Cydia's ModMyi repository.
For sure, all of these themes have their own personas to them. All of them are applied through Alkaline and not WinterBoard, so after downloading one of them, you'll want to visit the Settings>Alkaline preferences pane and not the Settings>WinterBoard preferences pane if you have WinterBoard installed. All of these Alkaline themes require iOS 7, as Alkaline itself requires iOS 7. Alkaline is also available for free in Cydia's ModMyi repository.
The Alkaline preferences pane includes links for donating to research organizations that help in fighting Neuroblastoma, a type of pediatric cancer. The links include Because of Ezra
(which is operated by Kyle Matthews, the owner of ModMyi.com), which researches ways to fight or even cure the horrible sickness.