The Gift of Sim­plic­ity

iPhone Life Magazine - - Education -

My wife Rita just wants stuff to work. She doesn’t ap­pre­ci­ate hav­ing to use a zil­lion dif­fer­ent re­motes when she wants to turn the TV on, lower the vol­ume, or change the chan­nel. In that spirit, I gave Rita an iPod touch for her birth­day, pri­mar­ily so she could lis­ten to ed­u­ca­tional au­dio lessons. I be­gan by cre­at­ing an iTunes playlist with the au­dio files she wanted. She re­quested that I write out in­struc­tions. Sim­ple enough, right? Not so fast.

Since Rita just wanted to lis­ten to her playlist, I tried to sim­plify things for her. A quick search re­vealed an in­ex­pen­sive so­lu­tion— aHomeI­con ($ 0.99). The app lets you cre­ate cus­tom icons that act as short­cuts to launch par­tic­u­lar func­tions within an app, such as ac­cess­ing a playlist, dis­play­ing a con­tact, view­ing a photo, con­trol­ling screen bright­ness, or record­ing au­dio. It’s even pos­si­ble to set up icons to ac­cess cer­tain func­tions in third-party apps such as Ever­note, 1Pass­word, and What­sApp. The aHomeI­con app in­cludes a rich icon edi­tor that lets you ac­cess your Cam­era Roll, ro­tate graph­ics, en­large pic­tures, add colors and shapes, and cre­ate spe­cial ef­fects.

Your Home Screen, Reimag­ined

Rita’s Home screen in­cludes an icon in the up­per left cor­ner to launch aHomeI­con, which I used to cre­ate the other icons, in­clud­ing ones for the playlists. I used the app edi­tor to cre­ate the “Au­dio Mys...” icon as well, be­gin­ning with a screen­shot from the au­dio pre­sen­ter’s web­site. I also cre­ated icons dec­o­rated with in­di­vid­ual fam­ily pho­tos that Rita could use to ini­ti­ate emails or look up im­por­tant con­tact info.

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