Unbelievably, another month has now flown past so, following on from my August post, it's time for me to share my latest iOS homescreen.
As wih last month, it's all change again. This time around, however, there hasn't been as much of an app shakeup. The device, on the other hand is all new (and old, at the same time).
As alluded to last month, my iPhone 5s is now in the hands of another person, thanks to Amazon and a Seller Account. In preparation for the iPhone 6, my beautiful 5s has been replaced by a, not so beautiful, 4s, courtesy of an eBay seller that doesn't understand the term 'excellent condition.'
Given that I will only, hopefully, be using the device for about a month, I've taken much less care in putting this months homescreen together. I'm not using too many of the more advancved apps such as Dispatch, Launch Center Pro or Drafts. And, as threatened last month I'm back to using the official Twitter app, and liking it much more than Tweetbot once again.
While it was present last month, I've started to get a lot more use out of Dropbox's nifty Carousel app. For those of you unfamiliar with this particular app it is, basically, a way of backing up and viewing images in Dropbox. This was limited, previously, due to the ridiculously uncompetative Dropbox pricing. The guys at Dropbox, however, have finally rectified this and their new Pro account is now even cheaper than Google Drive, assuming you pay for a year up front. The prospect of 1TB of storage data, with auto photo backup, is now very tempting indeed. I am, however, holding fire on signing up to a year long Pro subscription, until I see what Apple can offer with iCloud Photo and Drive next month.
The only real addition this month is Swarm from FourSquare. Swarm is the result of a change at FourSquare, which resulted in their primary app being stripped down to, essentially, a Yelp equivalent. Swarm is now used purely for check-ins.
I change my mind often on the value and usefulness of 'checking-in' with apps like FourSquare or Facebook etc. and I'm not sold on the idea of Swarm, as yet, but I thought I would give it a try this month and see how it goes. The chances of it making it's way onto my iPhone 6 are, however, slim to none. I'm finding no value in it being there, and if I ever visited somewhere that I really needed to remember, I would be posting it in the excellent Day One app.
My most used app this month, as it probably will be ongoing, is Overcast. Whichever podcast app I have installed is always, automatically, my most used app. I subscribe to about 35 podcasts, so it's always in heavy use. The fact that Overcast is a particularly great 'podcatcher' doesn't actually make me listen to them more, but it does make listening to them a little more pleasurable. Due to Overcasts Smart Speed ability, I have saved myself 12 hours of my life. Granted, those same 12 hours are probably going to be consumed with yet more podcast listening, but that's beyond the point.
Next month things should be all change again, and I'm beyond excited to drop my 4s and pick up an iPhone 6 in the coming weeks. With the changes coming to iOS 8 there is potential for a lot of excellent applications that were not even possible prior to this, so it should be an exciting time from a software perspective as well. Next month I may even have an iWatch homescreen to share ...