I’m finding that a lot is changing on my iPhone home screen lately, in a couple of different ways.
The first one is that in addition to the “official network” apps from Instagram, Facebook & Tumblr, I find myself using non-default apps more and more. You can see that Calvetica & Chrome have taken over from iCal & Safari in my bottom bar, and I’m using Reeder & Tweetbot rather than the Google & Twitter variants. If it worked with our mail server, Sparrow would have already taken over from Mail.app as well.
Seems to me pretty obvious that the days are numbered for Messages.app and Phone.app, too — at which point Settings & the App Store would be my only Apple default apps that are one click away.
So the rise of non-defaults is pretty interesting, enabled by a massive user base and easy distribution.
But what I’m finding just as interesting is a couple of folders on my home screen that are both getting more and more robust and interesting all the time. The first is “Health+Music” — that’s really the set of apps that I use that is about my physical body. How I run & exercise, sleep and eat, how my genome looks, etc. More and more I’m keeping track of how I live with my phone, and it’s kinda sorta coming into some sort of vague focus. (Music is there because I most often use my phone for music when I’m running or working out.)
The other folder is my “Home” folder — it’s all the apps that monitor & control things in my house. Nest, Sonos, Comcast, things like that. Feels to me like we’re right on the verge of an avalanche of things like this — they’ll be different when you’re at your house, at your office, and on the road — but they’re apps that help you understand your environment and interact with it.
Exciting times. :-)