Blog on Home Screen Posts

Image from January 11th, 2023 at 11:31am

Starting 2023 with a new home screen using custom icons for everything

Chris Pederick

Image from June 7th, 2021 at 9:02am

I wanted to share my latest home screen before it potentially changes with iOS 15 getting announced at WWDC today. My first page is an all widgets informational screen to try to keep me focused. Then the second page is my most used apps and an audio widget stack.

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Image from January 19th, 2021 at 10:02am

This is what I’ve settled on for my home screen after using iOS 14 and home screen widgets for a few months

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Image from August 23rd, 2020 at 11:38am

I used Scriptable to build an iOS 14 home screen widget to display the air quality in my neighborhood 😷

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Image from July 29th, 2019 at 8:22am

A few changes have resulted in updates to my home screen: running the iOS 13 beta and returning to stock apps like Reminders, moving from Dropbox to iCloud for file storage, and my return to Twitter

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Image from April 20th, 2019 at 10:44am

The main changes from my last home screen are replacing with Icro, Reminders with Memento, Castro with Overcast, and the addition of Audible

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Image from August 13th, 2018 at 1:56pm

The main changes since my last home screen are switching from Pocket Casts to Castro (which I love) and replacing Spotify and Todoist with Apple Music and Reminders as I’ve moved from the Amazon Echo to the HomePod

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Image from March 10th, 2018 at 3:46pm

My current iPhone X home screen

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Using Blur To Create A Wallpaper For iOS 7

iOS 7 looks completely different from previous versions of iOS so after installing it on my iPhone I decided to change my wallpaper to better fit with its design.

The iOS 7 lockscreen is now much cleaner and lends itself to highlighting a photo, but I found using the same photo as my homescreen wallpaper too distracting. iOS 7 “uses translucency to provide a sense of context and place” so I wondered if using a blurred version of the same photo would look good on the homescreen.

Blur is a $0.99 universal iOS app that allows you to blur any picture and set it as your wallpaper. The interface is simple, but beautifully designed and allows you to quickly import a picture, adjust the blur effect and export the blurred picture back to your camera roll.

Blur screenshot

Using this blurred version of my lockscreen photo on my homescreen leaves it clean, but keeps a visual connection back to the lockscreen and I plan on using this technique whenever I change the photo on the lockscreen.

Phone screenshot

Chris Pederick