As usual, Apple has crafted new high-resolution wallpapers to release along with the latest version of iOS. While iOS 9 is expected to launch in September, the wallpapers have just arrived in developers' hands with iOS 9 beta 5. The firmware was seeded to developers last Thursday, while public beta testers are now at iOS 9 beta 3. Altogether there are 15 new iOS 9 wallpapers, some of which replace existing wallpaper selections found in iOS 8.
AquaBoard, one of the longer-running tweaks available on Cydia, has now been updated for iOS 8. Jailbreakers may already be familiar with the OpenGL-based "Liquid SpringBoard" developed by Elias Limneos. Once installed, AquaBoard will animate water effects over the wallpaper any time the display is touched. These effects take place on both the lock screen and home screen, and stop animating as soon as the wallpaper is no longer visible to save battery power.
Dynamic wallpapers are one of the more interesting additions to iOS, having been released with iOS 7. Since then, Apple has not added any new animated backgrounds to the mix. Jailbreaking remains the only way to unlock hidden dynamic wallpapers or get completely new dynamic wallpapers installed on your device. Particle Wallpapers continues this trend.
Once installed from Cydia, Particle Wallpapers adds a collection of eight new dynamic wallpapers under Settings -> Wallpaper. While each option in the collection is similar, they come in different color schemes. The animation resembles flying through space or some kind of cosmic explosion continually happening right on the home screen. Particle Wallpapers is hard to miss, with a much more aggressive look than the stock dynamic wallpapers' subtle animation.
There are seven dynamic wallpapers included with iOS. Despite the fact that Apple releases new stills each year, dynamic wallpapers haven't been updated since their initial launch in iOS 7. This all changes with the theme Dynamics, which adds more animated background options to jailbroken iPhones.
Dynamics requires WinterBoard, and HiddenWallpapers is recommended to provide access to five additional color options. Once installed, to get access to the Dynamics wallpapers the themes must be enabled via Settings -> WinterBoard. After respring, the new dynamic options can be selected from Settings -> Wallpaper.
Apple recently showed off the latest version of iOS at WWDC 2014. Included in the demos was a new home screen wallpaper, which will launch when iOS 8 goes public this fall.
Here you can find the iOS 8 home screen wallpaper. To install this background, save the image to the Camera Roll. Choose the iOS 8 wallpaper from Settings -> Wallpapers & Brightness -> CHOOSE WALLPAPER -> Camera Roll.