By Ava Dunwoody | Workers Author
After seeing so many TikToks, YouTube videos and Instagram posts about Apple’s new iOS 14, I fell sufferer to the hype of display customization that has swept the nation. Because the iOS 14 launch on Sept. 16, it has grow to be a pattern to point out off all the artistic methods to make use of the brand new widget and app dwelling display options.
What I didn’t understand is that I’d spend two hours making the proper aesthetic solely to vary it again three days later out of sheer frustration. Don’t get me improper, it was stunning. Even now, I have a look at different folks’s work and suppose, “Wow. Pure artistry.” However then I bear in mind how a lot I hated my cellphone when it was like that and my envy turns to contentment.
I did make use of some new options, together with the calendar, information and climate widgets. However as for the fashionable app covers and ineffective picture widgets, I’m certain I gained’t be going again. Listed below are my three the reason why the iOS 14 customization isn’t definitely worth the hype:
1. Prepare for a headache.
Little did I do know, altering the app covers on the house display isn’t even one thing Apple was promoting as a brand new characteristic of the iOS 14. It is smart, contemplating an app’s picture is branding, however as a result of this characteristic wasn’t really intentional, it isn’t simple.
It took method too lengthy, was extraordinarily tedious and fairly actually gave me a headache. If you wish to see for your self, observe CNET’s 10-step process to altering an app cowl. That doesn’t even embody the time it takes to seek out the photographs you need or arrange them in a satisfying method.
Need personalized widgets, too? Go forward and obtain a couple of totally different apps like Widgetsmith or Color Widgets simply to spend one other 45 minutes scouring the platforms for one thing you would possibly like. They may look cute, however they’ve zero effectivity. I put in a cute calendar widget that related to my cellphone, however after I clicked on it, it took me again to Widgetsmith, not the calendar app.
2. Shortcuts? Extra like taking the good distance.
As soon as all the exhausting work is finished, strive clicking on one of many apps (let’s say Twitter). As an alternative of going straight from the house display to the Twitter feed, the display goes first to the “Shortcuts” app earlier than switching Twitter after a second or two. I believed I wouldn’t thoughts it, however going from having immediate entry to an app after I click on it to having to attend for an entire further step added up.
Name me impatient, however after I’m in a rush to textual content somebody again or I’m displaying a good friend one thing on my cellphone, the very last thing I would like is to have to attend for my app to undergo the “Shortcuts” dwelling web page earlier than attending to the products.
One other factor I discovered upsetting was that I wasn’t even altering the precise apps—I used to be creating new “Shortcut” apps with a unique cowl. So after I modified Instagram, I now had the beautiful picture app and the precise Instagram app on my dwelling display. I needed to transfer Instagram to the app library in order that it wouldn’t be on my display. Discuss a waste of storage.
Did I point out the personalized picture apps don’t present the crimson circle for notifications? So as soon as I modified all of my apps, I had no thought what number of unread messages or notifications I had for any of my apps. To see if I had gotten a textual content, I’d need to click on on the messages app, look ahead to the shortcut, after which see which names had the blue dot. Not perfect.
3. Developments fade and this may too.
Keep in mind again in center college when it was cool to jailbreak your iPod contact and alter the house display? Properly, there’s a cause why we stopped doing that. Sure, it was enjoyable to see folks’s reactions after they had been proven a singular and funky dwelling display that seemed nothing like theirs. However as soon as the novelty and awe went away, all that was left was an inconvenience.
I do know my tastes change, so the considered having to redo all of my display if I wished one thing new is exhausting. I solely had my decked-out dwelling display for 3 days earlier than I grew bored of it and wished a unique look. As an alternative of spending all that point creating one thing new only for a short “wow issue,” I reverted to the classics — one thing that’s comfy, simple and dependable.
My prediction is that this pattern will fade over the subsequent few months. Like me, folks will develop impatient with apps going by the shortcut display and the widgets that result in nowhere. Having fashionable apps will lose its pleasure and the frequency of discovering dwelling display hype on the web will plummet.
It was enjoyable whereas it lasted, however in the end, the iOS 14 display customization simply isn’t price it.