Tag Archive for ‘Wallpaper’

Homepaper, Create Wallpapers for Apple Home App ➝

I’ve been using the default wallpapers within the Home app for all my rooms. I briefly tried using actual photos of the rooms, but I could never get a shot I was happy with. This app seems like a great solution, though — using gradients on your photos to make Home app wallpapers that are a bit more elegant.

(Via MacStories.)

➝ Source: homepaper.app

New Linen Wallpapers Available ➝

I’ve added variants for the new iPhone 12 models and the iPad Air (4th-generation).

➝ Source: initialcharge.net

Linen Wallpaper Update ➝

I added some new resolution variants to the linen wallpaper collection. So if your feeling a bit nostalgic or want a nice simple backdrop for your iOS icons, it’s now available at an appropriate resolution for just about every iPhone and iPad on the market.

Home Screens and Linen

iPad Home Screen with Linen Wallpaper

I’m quite finicky about my home screen organization. I often sit down for an hour (or more) with one of my iOS devices, alongside paper and pen, to further perfect my home screen layout strategy. It’s silly, I’m sure, but I care very deeply about optimizing my home screen layout in an effort to place each icon in just the right location. I want the apps I use most to be quickly accessible and I prefer layouts that maintain contrast between adjacent icons.

iOS 11’s newly designed Dock, as well as the drag and drop feature, has proved difficult for me to wrap my head around from a home screen layout perspective. I’ve had the beta installed for a month and I still haven’t honed in on a layout that I’m comfortable with.

The Dock, being able to hold more icons in iOS 11, has me wanting to place every app I can within it, but without adding a folder or two, I can’t use it to access all of the apps I use regularly. Placing apps in a folder feels like I’m introducing too much friction between me and my applications.

But iOS 11’s drag and drop feature being the only means of opening multiple apps side-by-side gives everything in the Dock a huge advantage compared to the apps on my home screen. Swiping up for the dock and dragging an application in for multitasking is leaps and bounds easier than having to revert back to the home screen to find the app you want to multitask with. Not to mention the jarring context change in doing so.

At this moment, I still haven’t figured out a great organizational strategy for my app icons. The setup I’m currently working with is heavily based upon my previous strategy — three rows with five icons each and my Dock filled with my most used apps. It’s serviceable and the additional five icons that I’ve placed in the Dock certainly has me feeling more productive.

But I feel like there’s something better out there. Something that would allow me quick access to all of the apps I use most without adding too much friction when multitasking. Something that won’t make some apps feel like second-class citizens because they’ve been relegated to the home screen or hidden within a folder. Perhaps this just isn’t possible without Apple making more changes at the system level. I’m not sure what those changes could be, but until that time I guess I’ll have to settle for the setup I’m using now.

As a bit of an aside, I first mentioned my iOS 11 home screen woes when I linked to Stephen Hackett’s collection of macOS wallpapers. I was hoping that I could come up with a system for my app icons that would allow me to use a busier home screen wallpaper — like one from Stephen’s collection. I had been using simple gradient wallpapers to prevent the text below each icon from clashing with the background.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned above, I haven’t been able to do that. I’m currently using the default wallpaper from El Capitan on my lock screen, but I put something neat together for my home screen that adds just enough visual interest without clashing with the app icon names — Apple’s linen texture.

Linen Wallpapers

Apple Linen

The linen texture was first introduced in iOS 4 and eventually found its way to the Mac with OS X Lion. Apple may have overused the texture during its peak and it often appeared in odd locations, but I’ve always been fond of it. And I felt that it was the perfect backdrop for my application icons.

If you’re feeling a little nostalgic, the wallpaper is available in several resolutions to best fit the device you’re using it on.

For iPhone:

For iPad:

For Mac:

If you’re using the macOS version, make sure to go into the Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane and set it to “Tile”, otherwise you’ll have a stretched mess for a background.

Update 11/3/17: Added an iPhone X variant to the collection.

Update 6/20/19: Added iPhone XR, XS Max, and 11-inch iPad Pro.

Update 9/29/19: Added 10.2-inch iPad Pro.

Update 2/20/21: Added iPhone 12 models and iPad Air (4th-generation).

Every Default macOS Wallpaper ➝

If, like me, you’ve spent the past couple of days reorganizing your iPad’s home screen around all of the changes in iOS 11, you might find this wallpaper pack useful. I don’t think I’ll decide on a wallpaper until I come up with a better layout for my app icons, but I expect I’ll use one of these.

Firewatch ➝

From the game’s product page:

Firewatch is a mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.

The highly-anticipated, first-person adventure game was released yesterday for PlayStation 4, Mac, PC, and Linux. The visuals look absolutely stunning and what little I know about the storyline has me intrigued. I just wish I had a machine capable of running it.

And if you’re enjoying Firewatch’s artwork as much as I am, you might also be interested in a set of smartphone wallpapers that Matt Birchler released last week. There’s six of them to choose from and they look gorgeous on both lock and home screens.

Blurring Photos for iOS Wallpapers ➝

A great tip by David Sparks showing how to use Pixelmator to turn any image into a beautiful wallpaper for use on your iOS home screen.

Focus Collection IV ➝

Another great wallpaper collection by Joe Darnell.