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The iOS 6 firmware generation will bring about a whole whack load of improvements to your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad when it is shipped to the public this Fall. In fact, we have given some hands-on demos of some of the new iOS 6 functionality such as the redesigned Maps.app, new iPad clock.app and even some of Siri’s new features.
Right now the only way for you to experience these new iOS 6 features is to be a registered Apple developer. If you do not want to spend the $99 required to become a registered Apple developer then you will be glad to know you have another option; as long as your iOS device is Jailbroken that is.
You see, recently a WinterBoard theme was released into Cydia called iOS 6 Theme. Though this theme will not actually give you all of the functionality of iOS 6, it will mimic most of, if not all, the UI (user interface) changes in iOS 6 on your Retina iPhone or iPod Touch. The most notable examples being the redesigned iPhone dialler, new stock Music app skin and blue status bar.
Another nice element to iOS 6 Theme is that it will add a non-functioning Passbook icon to your SpringBoard (homescreen) that simply adds to the overall effect of the theme. You of course will also find all of the new iOS 6 wallpapers available as well.
Obviously I understand these are all purely cosmetic changes, but what do you expect, it is a theme. For those of you who would like to add some of iOS 6’s functionality to your iPhone or iPod Touch you will be glad to know a few tweaks have been released to do just this.
- iOS 6 Photos Menu: This Cydia tweak will bring the all new iOS 6 sharing menu to the stock Photos app. With iOS 5, you could only tweet a picture from the Photos app, but with iOS 6, you can post them on Facebook, Google+ etc.
- iOS 6 Twitter Widget for Notification Center: The iOS 6 firmware features a tap to tweet bar from the Notification Center that will allow you to quickly compose your a tweet. With the iOS 6 Twitter Widget for Notification Center you can replicate this same functionality.
- FullScreen for Safari: Although this tweak was not specifically designed to bring iOS 6 functionality to devices running iOS 5, this golden tweak will still enable the full screen landscape browsing functionality that the iOS 6 version of Safari features (and some other cool features as well).
Hopefully these Cydia packages will get you by until the official release of the iOS 6 firmware this Fall. Let us know if you guys know of any other Cydia packages that replicate iOS 6 functionality in the comments section below.
For more awesome WinterBoard themes for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, check out iCydiaThemes.com.