IOS 7 status bar with fixed footer navbar in Cordova/JQuery Mobile

To avoid your content scrolling underneath the new IOS 7 status bar, you have a few choices but in most situations, org.apache.cordova.statusbar is the best solution.

From the CLI:

$ cordova plugin add org.apache.cordova.statusbar

And you can then turn the transparent IOS7 status bar into one which behaves as it does in IOS6 with the following in your config.xml:

<preference name="StatusBarOverlaysWebView" value="false" />
<preference name="StatusBarBackgroundColor" value="#000000" />

However, if you have a fixed navbar in the footer such as this to approximate the look of a tab bar in the new IOS7  Human Interface Guidelines:

<div data-role="footer" data-id="allot_footer" data-position="fixed">
    <div data-role="navbar" data-iconpos="bottom">
            <li><a href="#browse" data-id="footer_browse" data-theme="d" data-icon="grid">Browse</a></li>
            <li><a href="#find" data-id="footer_find" data-theme="d" data-icon="search">Find</a></li>

then you’ll find that the statusbar plugin pushes the navbar down off the bottom of the page by the height of the status bar. So, for a fixed bottom navbar, the solution I’ve adopted inn the end is to forget the statusbar plugin and to allow the status bar to overlay my content. However, to create a bit of space at the top of the page for it to sit, I used this Gist from Shazron to arrive at:

function onDeviceReady() {
    if (parseFloat(window.device.version) >= 7.0) {
        $("div.ui-header").css("padding-top", "20px"); 

Note that you’ll need to install org.apache.cordova.device using the CLI:

$ cordova plugin add org.apache.cordova.device

It now looks fine on startup but if you need to scroll your content, it’ll still get overlayed by the IOS7 status bar so make your header fixed too:

<div data-role="header" data-id="allot_header" data-position="fixed" data-theme="d">

Hoping that IOS7 issues will all become a distant memory very soon, but this is what works for me at the moment.

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