I’ve been looking for ways to alter the keyboard of the iPhone, and while looking, I found more people who were doing the same. I found three groups. In this post I’ll describe some of the people just altering the looks, and the way they do it.
On Fora like Hackint0sh, soon after the release of the iPhone, people started looking for ways to customize it. This article on iPhoneAtlas describes how to customize or ’skin’ the iPhone keyboard in the early firmware versions. Basically, it extracts the images form the UIKit.framwork, where the keyboard images are stored on the iPhone, into a format you can read on a PC or Mac. By editing and placing back these files, you ca then skin / customize the look.