Last July I wrote a post for David Sparks’ (@macsparky) website showing and explaining the apps on my iPhone home screen. Since a year has elapsed since that post appeared, I thought it would be interesting to look at the old and the new side by side to see what’s changed. and the new side by side to see what’s changed.
The obvious change is that I’m now running iOS 7 and this makes last year’s home screen (left) look terribly outdated. Last year I was using an iPhone 4S and I’ve since upgraded to the 5S which explains the taller display (right).
I replaced Forecast with Weather Line which offers a nice graphic look at temperature along with the hourly and weekly forecasts. I wrote about Weather Line a few months ago and explained why it’s the weather app that suits me best. I keep Yahoo Weather on the second screen (in a folder) in case I need to look at the radar.
Downcast got the boot after an iOS 7 redesign that didn’t agree with me, and I am now using Pocket Casts which has a clean design and still offers the features I need.
I replaced Notesy with Byword after Byword received an update that added full text search and turned the app into a more solid application.
A major absence is Checkmark. I loved this app last year due to how quickly I could create time- and location-based reminders. When iOS 7 came out, Reminders saw a huge improvement which made adding reminders easier. Checkmark also didn’t get an iOS 7 update until a few months ago – long after iOS 7 was released. While I tried the new Checkmark when came out, I’ve found that Reminders actually works better because I am using multiple lists and it integrates with the system nicely.
Two entirely new categories of apps have also been added to my homescreen: Habit List and Tally. I use Tally to track how many glasses of water I drink each day and Habit List, which I reviewed when it was updated for iOS 7, has helped me to obtain and keep some new habits that are helping me to be healthier (excercising, flossing, hydration) and more reflective (journaling).
My latest homescreen doesn’t reflect my flirtation with Appigo’s Todo, an OmniFocus competitor. Todo was on my homescreen until just recently and I’m in the laborious process of transferring my projects and tasks back into OmniFocus.
I continue to rely heavily on Tweetbot, Reeder, Fantastical, and Drafts (the app that I used to write this post) because they are among the greatest third-party apps that exist for iOS 7 today.
Finally, just because I don’t have an app on my home screen doesn’t mean that I don’t use it. Evernote has been moved to page two, along with Instagram. The Camera app is no longer needed because the camera launcher in Control Center shows up in the lower right corner when swiping up from the bottom of the screen, negating the need to display the app. I also have a number of other utilities like Scanner Pro, CameraSync, IFTTT, Day One, and shopping apps that I don’t use frequently enough to warrant placing them on the home screen.
I rely on my iPhone even more than I did last year, and it has become indispensable in my work and personal life. I look forward to the innovations that iOS 8 will bring this fall, and it will be fun to see what my home screen looks like one year from now.