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

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

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

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

My current iPhone X home screen

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