Make Your iPhone Look Like a Palm Pre

One of the recent smart phones to make iPhone owners slightly glance away from their magical devices for a second, has been the Palm Pre. The Pre is not available in Canada, yet, but is offered by Sprint in the US. It will be coming to Canada later this year, from Bell. Their web OS, and background applications have been raved about, and honestly, it looks like a solid device. The main thing holding it back, is it’s lack of 3rd party apps, and some sort of app store.

Today I’ll show you how make your iPhone look like a Pre, with just a few downloads from Cydia. You will have to have your iPhone jailbroken, (obviously), with Winterboard, FontSwap, and MakeItMine installed. These are all found in Cydia, and you shouldn’t have to add any extra repositories. Just search for them.

The main thing you need to do, is open up Cydia, and search for “PREtentious”. It is a theme from ModMyi.com, from author “Matt Punk”. Their repository is one of the defaults, in Cydia, so you shouldn’t need to add them. This theme is one of the most thorough themes I have seen in a while. They really tried to cover every aspect with this one. Wallpaper, Lockscreen, icons, UISounds, mock cards, Notifier icons, and so much more. Download the theme, and apply it in Winterboard.

icon2That, alone, looks pretty good, but there’s a couple of final touches, to make your iPhone look almost exactly like the Pre. With the “MakeItMine” app (available in Cydia), change your carrier to “Sprint”. Next we’ll change the font to the official Palm Pre font, “Prelude”.

IconInstall “Font Swap”, from Cydia. The “Prelude” font, is not available in Cydia, so you’ll need to install it manually. I have packaged 2 fonts, ready to use with Font Swap. Get the Palm Pre “Prelude” fonts, for iPhone here. This package is the fonts only, so you will not see a preview in Font Swap.

Once downloaded, unzip, and open the folder. You should see 2 folders inside. one named Prelude.font, and one named PreludeClock.font. We will install these with either DiskAid, or your FTP program of choice, and OpenSSH. These methods have been explained a few times on this blog. Click here, to find out about DiskAid, and click here to find out about OpenSSH.

Once your into the file system of your iPhone, the package must be placed in the correct folder in the packages directory:

The “PreludeClock.font” folder goes here: /var/mobile/Library/FontSwap/Packages/LockClock Fonts
The “Prelude.font” floder goes here: /var/mobile/Library/FontSwap/Packages/System Fonts

Next open op Font Swap and apply Prelude in System Fonts, and in LockClock Fonts. Viola! Your iPhone looks like a Pre.

Here are some screen shots of my iPhone with all this applied. In my screens you’ll notice I’m also using the Five Column Springboard, and the Five Icon Dock.

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Compared to a couple of official Palm Pre screenshots:

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  • Haha. You gotta love Winterboard! I remember when I tried to make my iPhone look like that other “iPhone killer” known as the Fruitberry Storm. Fun times! 😉

  • Rox

    Not related to this article, but I guess I've found another Helloween fan 😉

  • Dusty

    Winterboard is the BEST!

  • grizzlymv

    You seems to use the “Card view” just like in the Palm Pre in your screen shots to switch between active apps. How do you achieve this? As far as I know, Backgrounder doesn't work well yet with the 3GS…

  • rorypiper

    It only looks like card view. When you open any application, you will see a “mock” card view, as the app opens. I have seen another Pre theme, that uses “Categories”, and big icons for some apps, and you can set it up to look like you're flipping through cards, when you swipe through your pages. Takes a lot to set up, though, and is just as hard to put back to normal.

  • rorypiper

    Hells yeah! Haven't been following them lately, but late 80's to early '90's, I had all their albums. This just happened to be what I had queued up, when I took the screenshot.

  • ifokust

    Thanks for the tutorial. Any issues with crashes and this theme? I had issues with 5 column springboard but no problems with 5 icon dock. Thx

  • eason

    i always don't understand, why would i want to make my iphone looks like something else?

  • rorypiper

    It's just for fun. Customization on most devices is very limited. People want their phones to be personal and unique to them. This is one of the main reasons people jailbreak their iPhones, to get Winterboard and all the neat themes. The original iPhone “theme” is great, but sometimes people like something different.

  • ifokust

    Installed the theme late last night…so far no crashes or slow downs on 3GS.

    I agree with rorypiper; applying themes is a fun customization that makes your device unique. If Apple had enabled these types of options from the jump I doubt you would complain as it would be treated as a feature rather than a hack.

  • len56

    Great Guide! It helped a lot! Thanks!

    It is quite a bit of work though 😛 (the font part)

  • iPhoneGeek

    Does this theme come with the actual motions of the pre? You know, when you click on a specific application it pops up from the button of the screen and not from the center like the iPhone OS. And what about the cards and launcher? Do they feel “pre”-like too? Just curious to know more about this theme;)
    A small review would be welcome!;)

    thanks

  • iPhoneGeek

    Does this theme come with the actual motions of the pre? You know, when you click on a specific application it pops up from the button of the screen and not from the center like the iPhone OS. And what about the cards and launcher? Do they feel “pre”-like too? Just curious to know more about this theme;)
    A small review would be welcome!;)

    thanks

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