Location of Status Bar Battery


macrumors regular
Original poster
Jun 25, 2007
UPDATE 2 complete iPhone4 UIImages credits are due @vicarious78 @ecko666 & @0xced for the extractor & mostly the bAdGB team! http://j.mp/dnDQfI

UPDATE: The post below notes that these files are located in a [shared@2x.artwork] file at /System/Library/Frameworks/UIKit.framework/Shared.artwork . However they must be extracted using the tools below. It seems you need an Apple Dev account with access to compile with the SDK to do so.

Anyone with such access care to volunteer? We have the 4.0 icons, we just need the iPhone 4 icons for the retina display.


Has anyone found where the system status bar battery files live in iOS4/iPhone 4? They are not in System/library/coreservices/springboard.app. Am still working on this with no luck. Something is new in iOS4/iPhone 4. I did a complete search through the directory for the old name (OS 3) and found nothing,

find / -name [Default_BatteryBG@2x.png] (Also tried without the 2x)

That damn image has to be coming from somewhere, maybe a value in plist or something? I don't know....


macrumors 68000
Jul 28, 2010
Well in iOS 4 in general...

Cédric Luthi, also known as @0xced, figured out how to decrypt the shared.artwork file (located at /System/Library/Frameworks/UIKit.framework/Shared.artwork) where Apple placed many of the system graphics for iOS4. Shared.artwork incorporates other.artwork and keyboard.artwork from previous versions of the iPhone firmware. There are 1,177 images in this file!

Here's a guide for getting this file http://www.hackthatphone.com/4x/themes_with_winterboard_section19.html

Cédric's github is here with the special program the unpacks the artwork file. http://github.com/0xced/UIKit-Artwork-Extractor
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