When Apple announced iOS 14, it made a big deal out of its new widgets, which could be placed on the iPhone’s home screens for a new look. At the same time, apps to make custom widgets arrived, and it was also discovered the artwork used for app icons could be changed in iOS 14. With clever use of wallpaper, icons, and widgets, the home screen could be customized like never before.
Examples of amazing custom iPhone home screens started showing up online, and the temptation to emulate them grew. However, completely redesigning the home screen effectively is no easy task, and unless you’re able to do everything yourself, it may not be worth the effort. Here’s why Apple’s standard home screen customizations, layout, and operation is best left alone.
iOS isn’t Android, or a jailbroken iPhone
Before iOS 14, seeing an iPhone with custom icons and a totally different overall look to the software was clear evidence the owner had “jailbroken” their device, a complicated and often problematic process that allows the installation of third-party apps and all sorts of other questionable (if you ask Apple, at least) activities.
Otherwise, Android was the operating system to have if you wanted to really customize the overall look of your phone. Many manufacturers give you options to do so without resorting to finding custom icon packs online or downloading additional apps. Xiaomi’s MIUI is endlessly customizable, and OnePlus has a page dedicated to changing the icons, theme, and even font…Read more>>