iPhone Winterboard Using CPU and Wasting Battery?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Harkinian, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. Harkinian macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2014
    I have Winterboard installed with just one active theme, the iOS 6 icons for iOS 7. Let me get this straight: disabling that is not an option :cool:

    But I've noticed, using top, that backboardd is using 5% to 7% CPU always while Springboard uses around 3%. Looks suspicious. Is that supposed to happen? I checked with some grep command someone posted, and Winterboard is affecting backboardd.

    Now, I don't see any reason why Winterboard should constantly use my CPU just to... do nothing. Seriously, it does nothing except when I apply the theme, right? Well some people on random, less reliable sites have complained that it does use the CPU. Does anyone have more updated information about this?
  2. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    The more Winterboard does the more battery it uses. And the theme doesn't replace anything, it runs over it.
  3. Harkinian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2014
    So you're saying that Winterboard continuously renders the iOS 6 icons on top of my iOS 7 icons instead of just replacing the files? If so, that's really stupid, and I'm trashing Winterboard and replacing all the files myself.
  4. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    is there a guide on how to do that manually on iOS7. id be interested too as i am only using winterboard for my icons as of right now
  5. Harkinian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2014
    What we did back in the day on my cousin's iPod touch running iOS 2 was we went in with OpenSSH, opened the .app of the application we wanted to edit, found its icon inside (a PNG), and replaced it with our custom one. It should still work, but iDisk is better than using OpenSSH.

    It's tedious though. If there's a script that can do it for me, that would be great. Apple is going to give me a replacement iPhone once I have the time to take it in since it was manufactured with dust under the camera lens. So I'm not willing to do all that work yet.
  6. darricksailo macrumors 601


    Dec 18, 2012
    That isn't how winter board works afaik. I read some technical explanation about it back then but I don't think I'm knowledged enough to make an explanation
  7. Harkinian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2014
    Wow, it's hard to Google this because I keep getting articles about how to use Winterboard, probably the easiest jailbreak app to use ever -_- All I can find is this: http://www.iphonehint.com/2010/11/03/how-does-winterboard-work/

    It says that it redirects the system to use different directories for its icons and stuff. I don't know if that means symbolic links or some hacky CPU-hogging way. I'm suspicious that it's draining my battery.

    P.S. Beware of runaway top processes. For some reason, I found 2 of them using 100% CPU after I used top once!
  8. darricksailo macrumors 601


    Dec 18, 2012
    i remember it was from reddit and explained by saurik himself. i can't remember which thread it was but it might have been this one: http://www.reddit.com/r/iOSthemes/comments/1kth1i/behind_the_art_of_ios_theming_with_sk37ch/

    winterboard does use some more battery than normal depending on what you're trying to theme and how the code is being implemented by the developer
  9. Harkinian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2014
    Thanks for the link. From what Saurik says, it looks like Winterboard is overkill for what I'm doing, plus it leaves room for the theme-maker to make an error and cause extra battery usage. I think I'm going to spend a little time later on manually putting the icons in. It's a much simpler task than what Winterboard is meant to do, apply system-wide themes that affect almost everything.
  10. spriter macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2004
    Winterboard Using CPU and Wasting Battery?

    Manual icon theming without Winterboard info here:


    iFile from Cydia is what I use to avoid needing SSH etc.
  11. rak007 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    My usage of winterboard is same as yours. Getting iOS 6 icons on iOS 7. If you are able to manually do something (after removing winterboard) and still get the iOS 6 icons, i would appreciate you let us know how you did (safely).

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