A few readers have written to me that the Date-to-Statusbar tweak either didn’t display the date as expected, or the white text was hard to read in light background screens (like the Navigation screen), to easily read the displayed contents (perhaps they chose version 2.3). If you are happy with your statusbar display, don’t feel compelled to install this tweak update, but it’s available for those that might desire the changes.
Specifically, these are the mods contained in the tweak [G] update:
- Displays the date in the localized date format (DD MMM for much of the world) using version 3.3 mod.
- Dark 80% opaque statusbar background to facilitate reading, unlike the version 2.3, which I’ve noticed is a light grey in Navigation screen.
- Disabled the (ugly, IMO) red border around area reserved for system messages, as did version 2.2 and 2.3 mods.
- Smaller font size for all statusbar text, as did version 2.2 and 2.3 mods, along with smaller, relocated icons for paired phone (WiFi, Bluetooth, battery level, etc).
Gold font for system messages, to highlight them for the driver, relative to the white font of normal statusbar text.
(ffdd00; rather than previously selected bright yellow (ffff00), to coordinate with HD info)
I used MZD-AIO version 2.8.2 to compile this update (updated 11/11/2018 to work with version 59 & version 70 firmware as well), and by making a copy of my USB installation drive containing the tweak, it turns out to be an easy means of making this install available to others.
- Andrea L. has confirmed that the date is now properly displayed on his Italian system with this update
- Guido B. appreciated that the statusbar background is now dark (with 20% transparency), similar to the Fiat-AIO updated version 2.2 install
- along with others, I myself like this update better, primarily for the yellow font, as messages like upcoming street names catch my eye better (if I’m seeking that info)
Compatible with the following versions of our Fiat firmware:
- 56.00.521-NA (for Fiats in North America, USA, Canada, Mexico)
- 56.00.521-EU (for Fiats in Europe, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia. etc.)
- 56.00.530-EU (for Abarths in Europe, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia. etc.)
- 56.00.530-4A (for Abarths in Australia, NZ, Thailand, Philippines, South Africa-America, Oceania)
- 56.00.530-NA (for early 2018 Fiats in North America, USA, Canada, Mexico)
- 56.00.530-EU (for 2018 Fiats in Europe, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia. etc.)
- also version 59+, as well as the Mazda version 70+ (for those installing CarPlay retrofit kit), if you have the id7 tweak installed
- Download the USB tweak (only click the light green download button for the zip file), and Unzip the contents of the downloaded file onto an empty FAT32 formatted USB 2.0 or 3.0 drive (not larger than 32GB).
- Insert the USB drive into your car USB port.
- Tap your Start button once (without touching the brake pedal) to put the car in ACC mode.
- Be patient and wait for the first message (could take as long as 5 or 6 minutes), acknowledge the OS version message (using the touchscreen) and wait while the progress messages scroll by.
- A reboot message should appear. After the screen turns black (system reboot), pull out your USB drive and…