There have been plenty of hits and a fair few misses in the last couple of revisions of iOS with regards to the new features, but the consensus of the iOS notification banners introduced with iOS 5 seems to be one of positivity. Their unobtrusive nature allows iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to continue their task in hand without being interrupted, but despite their discreet demeanor, they are rather bland and one dimensional. Looking to invigorate some life into these plain white banners is Bailey Seymour, a jailbreak developer who has come through with a theming tweak for this particular iOS element called BannerImage.
As well as allowing you to set just about any custom image as the background of your notification banners, it also allows you to mess around with the colors of text using those familiar RGB sliders. If you don’t wish to use your own image as the backdrop, the app is loaded with numerous preset background color schemes including Graphite, Light Linen, Sand, and Smooth Purple. As you can see from the screenshots below, your notifications are well and truly brought to life with BannerImage:
To be honest, I hadn’t noticed just how boring iOS banners were until I began playing around with BannerImage, and although experimenting with different colors can bring up quite a few ghastly combinations, perseverance will see you find a perfect look to suit your overall tastes.
BannerImage costs $1.49 to purchase over at the BigBoss repository, which will be sitting in your default list of sources in Cydia provided you’ve not automatically decided to remove it.
If you’ve been searching high and low for something to liven up those flip-down notifications, your wait is finally over thanks to BannerImage. Download it, tweak your banners to your heart’s content, and let us know how you get on by leaving your comments below. And hey, if you’re looking to go all out in bringing a funky new look to iOS, why not spend an extra dollar and combine BannerImage with the recently released universal color-changing tweak Accentify for iPhone?