iOS 14 Home Screen

iOS 14 brings Widgets and the App Library so I decided to do my first major reorganization since folders were introduced.

Here was the state of my phone right after updating to iOS 14 but before making any changes:

In the process of moving most apps into the App Library I removed a few that were no longer supported (generally older games) as well as apps for services I no longer use.

For widgets I’ve started with just weather and calendar which I’m likely to want at a glance; I’ve also reduced the number of apps on the first page. Still waiting for some of the third party widget apps that I’m likely to use heavily.

Possibly the biggest change is giving up on the default Dock; I barely use Phone directly and I don’t use Apple Mail much so those are both dropped in favor of Slack (social and work) and Twitterrific (I tweet too much).

Here’s how things are set up now, though I expect to refine it over the next few weeks as I see how I use things and as widget updates come through.

The astute among you may notice an extra page in each setup without a screenshot; that contains <redacted>.

I also dropped some apps I used to use heavily, or thought I would use heavily, and let them get buried in the App Library. I figure I’ll interact with those primarily through notifications, deep links, or search.

Maybe it’s a sign I need to get off Twitter and back to RSS?

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Smoky Sunset

A reddish sun sets over sound and mountains through wildfire smoke

Beautiful sunset caused by our ongoing climate disaster.

Twilight bands of Olympics over Magnolia
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Last Drop

Nick with his head tipped back draining the last coffee from a black carafe

Staycation is going well.

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A large pile of golden brown pancakes on a grey plate in the middle of a table

Made our favorite vegan pancake recipe from America’s Test Kitchen’s Vegan for Everybody cookbook.

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Beardo Wardo

Selfie of Nick with a beard

Playing around with shaping my quarantine beard. First time I’ve ever tried managing it… I’m usually either clean shaven or lazy scruffy.

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A Yorkie puppy turns his head while sitting on Nick's lap on the deck couch with a bit of sunset glow in the background

Enjoying the roof deck with the puppy now that it’s a bit cooler.

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Fingers Are Delicious

A small Yorkie sits on a square of fake grass, biting a hand

Instead of using his patch on the roof, Pike wanted to devour my hand.

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Working as Intended

A small Yorkie puppy head rests on the trackpad of a 16" MacBook Pro

“Stop typing so loud, I’m trying to sleep!”

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A tiny Yorkie is held in hands in front of a large umbrella on a roof deck

Pike got some quality time on the roof today. His pee patch is up here but this is the first time he got to hang out. He seemed to enjoy the wind.

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Sleepy Pup

A tiny black and brown Yorkie puppy sits on a pillow next to a smiling Nick

Pike woke up at about 6:30 am needing to go outside, and when we got back he claimed most of my pillow.

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