It was never going to take long for developers within the jailbreak community to take inspiration from certain aspects of iOS 10 and recreate the experience for older firmware versions capable of being liberated from Apple’s walled-garden via a jailbreak.
Cydia’s repositories are likely to become packed to the rafters with third-party implementations of iOS 10 features as we approach a public release alongside the iPhone 7 later this year, but as you might expect, they are already starting to pop up, with Decorus attempting to bring the iOS 10 Control Center experience to iOS 9-powered devices.
Apple’s redesigned Control Center experience was one of the main talking points that made it onto the list of “top ten” changes during this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2016) in San Francisco. There was nothing particularly wrong with the Control Center in iOS 9, but as we have learned time and time again, if it could be better, then Apple generally looks at it as being broken, and will iterate until the company feels that it is as good as it can be. Control Center in iOS 10 essentially offers the same functionality as previous firmware versions, but breaks that functionality out into distinct sections with design tweaks, and of course a hint of color.
The first thing that Decorus brings to the device is the redesigned visuals of the iOS 10 Control Center. No more edge-to-edge experience with clinical corners. Instead, there’s now an almost floating Control Center overlay with very noticeable rounded edges.
The Decorus experience also breaks out the Music app controls from within the main Control Center page and puts them into their own section along with album artwork, playing song, artist and album title, just like how it’s in iOS 10. Like most good tweaks available via Cydia, the developer has also introduced a configuration panel via Settings that allows the device owner to tailor certain aspects of the Decorus experience to meet their own requirements.
Decorus will appeal to those users who really don’t want to purchase the latest iPhone, or upgrade their existing hardware to iOS 10 in fear of losing their jailbreak status. It’s not exactly a perfect clone, but it’s enough to appease those iPhone owners who just want to experience some of what iOS 10 has to offer without jumping through the hoops to download and install the firmware prior to official launch.
Decorus can be grabbed for free from the BigBoss repo in Cydia.