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Launch Center Pro Lets Users Customize App Icons in iOS 14 Without Shortcuts

BJMRamage

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I think the screenshots look ugly.

I know some people will enjoy making their phones look that way.

I wish I had the balls to create this and make money like these designers/developers.

Each line I write is getting longer than the previous and that is more exciting to me than the customized apps.
 
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AnTanCol

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To those boggling at the price, Icon Themer is a Shortcut that does this for free (in fact, they probably discovered this method in the first place). For those skeptical about installing a custom configuration profile, do note that by design they clearly list exactly what they are supposed to do during the install, and in fact are the only way to install things like custom fonts for use in e.g. art programs.
 
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Sasparilla

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Interesting, as long as its not doing anything bad, its a great idea. Just for fun I'd love to bring back some iOS 6 type "lickable" icons.

The comments early on in the thread are hilarious - you would have thought this was a political item of some sort that those folks don't like or that what was shown were the only user choices and of course the horror of spending $20 on a app that changes the look of your $700-$1000 computer.
 
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simon3163

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Absolutely distasteful. Actually I'm surprised Apple allows some third-party to make their interface look like a cheap chinese knockoff
100% agree.
Though id love to be a fly on the wall if this did make the Board Meeting agenda..

"Right guys, the kids are making our iPhones look like cheap crap"
Should we let it continue.... ?.. Hands up for yes, stay down for No...
 
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69Mustang

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Are they using MDM to set this up?

Apple is going to shut that down fast. Did this company not remember the Facebook/Google and Parenting apps issue.
I doubt this company is using MDM. But if they were using it, the memory of the FB/Google and Parenting apps issue would be the reason for them to do it since Apple essentially gave FaceGoogle a stern talking to Mister and reversed course on the Parenting apps and allowed them to use MDM anyway. End of the day, Apple basically did nothing about MDM.
 
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69Mustang

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100% agree.
Though id love to be a fly on the wall if this did make the Board Meeting agenda..

"Right guys, the kids are making our iPhones look like cheap crap"
Should we let it continue.... ?.. Hands up for yes, stay down for No...
What kind of captive mentality produces all these "I don't like it, therefore no one should have it" quotes? Our phones? o_O You do realize it's the customer's phone right? How a customer decides to decorate their own property has nothing to do with Apple. Or you or me for that matter. It's not like you'd ever know if someone customized their phone. Choice, in this instance is not a bad thing. Don't like it, don't customize. If other's do like it, let 'em go crazy. Their phones.
 
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brunosh

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There's a reason Apple has been tight on customization, people have really poor taste in design. I've seen some atrocious customizations since iOS 14 came out.
 
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randyhudson

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I am always fascinated by the negative influence that parameters such as "options" and "choice" can have on some Apple users

Remember when the color, content, and shape of app's icon used to convey meaning? In iOS, every app is a rounded square. It's stupid.

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simon3163

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What kind of captive mentality produces all these "I don't like it, therefore no one should have it" quotes? Our phones? o_O You do realize it's the customer's phone right? How a customer decides to decorate their own property has nothing to do with Apple. Or you or me for that matter. It's not like you'd ever know if someone customized their phone. Choice, in this instance is not a bad thing. Don't like it, don't customize. If other's do like it, let 'em go crazy. Their phones.
Indeed you are right. Absolutely. But that won't stop apple from trying to prevent this customisation if they choose to do so. I can see a point where if you upgrade to iOS 16.3 you 'lose the ability to change icons' that choice is the users. but Apple hold the cards on how much we can do..
 
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69Mustang

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Indeed you are right. Absolutely. But that won't stop apple from trying to prevent this customisation if they choose to do so. I can see a point where if you upgrade to iOS 16.3 you 'lose the ability to change icons' that choice is the users. but Apple hold the cards on how much we can do..
But why would they? If customers are responding positively to Apple's opening the UI for user's creativity, why would Apple want to prevent that from happening? The idea that Apple wants every phone to look the same isn't sound. I think they've realized for years now that homogeneity works up to a point. Past that, people desire differentiation. It's why iOS is becoming more and more user oriented. Slowly, to be sure, but it's happening. It's a good thing. There's always going to be vanilla iOS for those who want the pure Apple experience. For other who want more, Apple's giving them some love too... which has no effect on the vanilla crowd.
 
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averagenerd81

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Out there man
Save your freedom speech. These homescreens are like taking a dump in the middle of a busy street. You fighting for that right as well?

Again, why does it bother you? Did it somehow sneak into your device?

You all have serious problems if you really care about someone else's device this much. The irony of all this and the "Think Different" concept that Apple so desired at one time.
 
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Okasian

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Thank god. Some of the state of the icons that developers choose are so fugly that I had to put them in their own folder and launch them with Shortcuts.
 
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Just sayin...

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I believe this to be an app that allows you to customize your homescreen icons...as long as you continue to pay a subscription fee. If you stop paying, everything reverts to standard iOS - right?
 
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GermanSuplex

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The subscription model is lousy for consumers.

There are some apps where I believe it makes sense, like 1Password, which constantly adds new features and allows you certain functionality with no purchase, or allows you to make one-time purchases for limited-support software.

For something like this, I prefer a set of features that work for my dollar. If I want upgraded features, I can pay more at a later date.

Every app is jumping on the subscription model and its incredibly annoying.
 
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JGIGS

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Absolutely distasteful. Actually I'm surprised Apple allows some third-party to make their interface look like a cheap chinese knockoff

Does Apple own our phones once we pay for them or do we? Don’t like it? Don’t use it. It’s a pretty simple concept.

Unless this app is malicious there is no reason for Apple to remove it. Plus they get a nice piece of that $20 purchase or $15 subscription, both of which are way too expensive IMO. Especially with the Apple apps still having to go through shortcuts.

There are so many people that get joy from theming there icons, why take that away from them just because you don’t like it? Just don’t look at other peoples phones. You shouldn’t be anyway.
 
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Okasian

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iOS 14 is looking like MySpace at times for some people. To each their own. If it’s what they like, why crap all over it?

Whilst most were hot trash, some MySpace layouts were so damn good.

Inspired me to make layouts for bands with some basic HTML/CSS.

Neumorphism may splash a vestige of personality back into iOS.

</OPiNiOnS>
 
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iAFC

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Does Apple own our phones once we pay for them or do we? Don’t like it? Don’t use it. It’s a pretty simple concept.

Unless this app is malicious there is no reason for Apple to remove it. Plus they get a nice piece of that $20 purchase or $15 subscription, both of which are way too expensive IMO. Especially with the Apple apps still having to go through shortcuts.

There are so many people that get joy from theming there icons, why take that away from them just because you don’t like it? Just don’t look at other peoples phones. You shouldn’t be anyway.
Whoa, not so fast, big fella. Where did I say I want Apple to ban the app, "taking that away just because I don't like it"? I just stated my surprise that an app like this is allowed on the App Store. That's all.
 
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