The Hype behind iOS 14 “Customisation” shows how Apple really just needs to budge a little.
Seriously Apple this is just petty now…
So for the past two weeks iPhone and iPad users were getting really hyped over iOS 14, something which tends to be pretty common among the iOS faithful, with one or two features usually lighting some excitement in Apple fans in ways that Android or even Windows and Mac fans rarely get as hyped about. But an additional new craze has caught on with the latest update especially on iPhones: finally being able to customize your iOS homescreen…well sorta.
As the CNET video above helps illustrate and show, iOS 14 like every version of iOS before it, of course doesn’t let you completely customize your iPhone’s homescreen, Apple just simply doesn’t allow that, and it’s been something that Android and even Windows phone fans could nag Apple about for years. Well now, due to an app called Widgetsmith and the new, more customisable (and Windows Phone-esque) Widgers of iOS 14 people have spent the last 2 weeks creating the unique, customised iOS layout that they’ve wanted for years. In fact, it’s become such a trend that people all over the world are sharing their own custom homescreens on social media and it really shows one thing that Apple should probably do by now: budge. Or at least nudge itself a little when it comes to what users want. iOS has always been this restrictive, protective and “walled garden” approach to operating systems (OS), where Apple literally controls everything from the apps you can use on your phone and how they get to you to of course how the OS looks and acts, negating any deep customization from users as Apple of course believes iOS should look and work the way they want and users shouldn’t really have too much of a say in that outside of a wallpaper or so. And of course Apple fans have largely been ok with it, as they’ve been ok with a lot of sometimes inconvenient choices Apple makes for it’s products, however considering how much of a movement the customization craze has been, you really have to wonder if Apple has to be this strict about what should be basic features .