How to give your iPhone Home screen a new look with custom icons

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How to create custom app icons iOS 14
iOS 14 but with an entirely new look.
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It’s no longer necessary to jailbreak your iPhone to completely overhaul the appearance of its Home screen. All you need is the Shortcuts app in iOS 14, and you can use custom icons for any app you have installed.

With some simple tweaks and plenty of spare time, you can make your iPhone feel like a brand-new smartphone with a completely different operating system designed just by you. We’ll show you how.

iPhone Home screen modders go crazy with iOS 14

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MS Paint
Wait a second, that doesn't look quite right!
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Ever wanted to make your brand-new iPhone look like it’s running Windows 95? That’s the outrageously novel idea that sprang into the mind of Ashley, an 18-year-old from Indiana who wants to work as a graphic designer, after she upgraded to iOS 14 last week.

Taking advantage of iOS 14’s new Home screen widgets feature, and a clunky workaround that employs the built-in Shortcuts app, she gave her iPhone 11 a vintage Microsoft-style makeover that screams retro cool and picked up 4.4 million views and 664,000 likes on TikTok.

“As someone who wasn’t even alive in the ’90s, other operating systems, such as Windows XP, are more nostalgic to me, but I went with Windows 95 because it furthered the contrast between old and new,” Ashley, who did not want her last name revealed, told Cult of Mac.

Multiple sources point to iPhone 12 event on October 13

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Render shows iPhone 12 camera with three lenses
A redesigned iPhone 12 is almost certainly just a few weeks away.
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The iPhone 12 will debut at a special event on October13, multiple sources claimed on Wednesday. The release date will reportedly come shortly thereafter.

Cupertino is widely expected to introduce its next-generation handset in October, with only the date remaining a mystery. According to several sources, there’ll be an Apple event the second Tuesday of that month to take the wraps off.

Keep your MacBook looking like new with this ultra-slim hard case

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Elago Ultra Slim Hard Case for MacBook
Protection that won't weigh you down.
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Apple computers hold their value remarkably well — especially when they’re well looked after. Keep your MacBook looking brand-new with an ultra-slim, ultra-affordable hard case from Elago.

These snap-on protectors prevent your machine from picking up scuffs and scratches while it’s on the move. They’re not too thick or too heavy, and they don’t hide your MacBook’s gorgeous design.

Get yours today from the Cult of Mac Store for as little as $24.99.

Pandemic drives buyers toward bigger tablets with detachable keyboards

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A rise in tablet sales benefits the iPad Air.
Buyers are increasingly interested in tablets that can also function as laptops.
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The COVID-19 pandemic is causing unexpected consequences, including a sudden sharp rise in tablet sales, according to a market-research firm. Specifically, there’s significantly increased demand for large tablets with removable keyboards that can function as laptops.

Exciting new spy series Tehran takes Apple TV+ in a dramatic new direction [Review]

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Arash Marandi in Tehran
Tehran is the most gripping Apple TV+ series to date.
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In order for any streaming service to keep up with the competition, it must serve up serialized shows that people can’t wait to finish. Until now, Apple TV+ did not offer one of those. Not even the star-studded and fairly engrossing Defending Jacob proved so compelling you couldn’t turn it off.

That all changes this Friday, when Israeli spy thriller Tehran premieres on Apple TV+. The streaming service’s best dramatic show by a mile, it delivers stunning displays of intrigue and backstabbing.

Save $199 on a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with 10th-gen Intel

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Save on 13.3-inch MacBook Pro from 2020
The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro has only been out a few months, but refurbished units are available today.
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Bag the newest 13-inch MacBook Pro on Amazon today to enjoy up to $199 off the usual price. A beefy Intel Core i5 model with 512GB of storage can be yours for less than $1,600 for a limited time.

Claim one now before the discount disappears.

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Pokémon Café Mix lets you form teams, download Snorlax costume Pikachu

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Pokemon
D'awwwww! Isn't he cute?
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Poké-hit Pokémon Café Mix just got an update that will let you join other players to form teams, as well as get your hands (virtually, that is) on a range of items, including a Snorlax costume Pikachu.

The team feature lets you to share an ID with a buddy to hook up for special events. The teams you form can be both public and private. The feature promises to add a new dynamic to the popular food-serving game.

Jimmy John’s customers get a free drink on $10 orders when they use Apple Pay

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The latest offer from Apple Pay.
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Apple Pay’s latest promotion offers customers at sandwich chain Jimmy John’s a free drink when they spend at least $10 on an order. The promotion is available through September 27.

In order to be eligible for the promotion, you have to be a Freaky Fast Rewards member, and pay for your order with Apple Pay — either in-store, through the iOS app or via the Jimmy John’s website.

Save $30 on Apple’s newest 10.2-inch iPad with faster A12 chip

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New 2020 iPad
The same great iPad, only faster.
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Amazon is already offering generous discounts on Apple’s newest 10.2-inch iPad. The faster model, which packs an A12 Bionic chip, can be yours for as little as $299 — a full $30 off the usual price.

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