An annual review of the minimal phone setup sees it considerably different from last year, yet a lot has remained the same. I am still rocking the iPhone 11 with no immediate desire to upgrade. Don't get me wrong, I think the iPhone 12 is a far better design than the 11, but I don't yet feel the need to upgrade at the moment—maybe by the end of the year.
In terms of my phone usage, I am still maintaining a minimal mindset in terms of screen time and volume of apps, but I have taken a bit more of a relaxed attitude with the latter. With iOS 14, it introduced a new way to organise apps and how they appear. Apple allowed the ability to use custom icons via the Shortcuts app, which was exciting to see, albeit a bit hacky. Many designers looked to exploit this feature and make the most of it. We saw a wave of icon sets, most of which were mediocre, so I decided to collaborate with Studio Lenzing and design a refined and minimal set named SLM 880 that to me, is distinctive in both style and quality. With this in mind, my Home Screen changed quite a lot.
So let’s break down the setup:
A Minimalissimo series of gradient style wallpapers specifically designed to hide the iOS dock and blend the much loved notch. Hidden Wallpapers is available to download on the Minimalissimo shop.
I currently have 35 apps in total (including system apps), with only 8 apps used on my Home Screen.
- Amazon Music
- App Store
- Dropbox Paper
- Find My
- Moon Climbing
It is worth noting that I do occasionally download other apps if I need to use them only for a short time, but if I no longer need them, I delete them from my phone. All of the above are apps I use on a regular or semi-regular basis, with exception to the Find My app.
How does your setup compare? Are there any apps I should be considering? Any tips you want to share? Always happy to hear from you.