There have been a number of phone homescreen posts recently but, in sharing his, Manton pointed to a cool trick by David Smith to add "blank" icons to so that you can control app placement.

Having flip-flopped between Android and iOS over the years I appreciate the way the former lets you place icons wherever you like.

With ever increasing screen sizes it seems outdated to fill the screen from the top down when the uppermost icons are hard to reach one handed. Okay, we have Reachability but this is just a workaround for an unnecessarily rigid system.

I prefer leaving a gap between my app icons and the dock - I just don't like the screen being completely full, it feels cluttered and overbearing - but I've long wished they didn't have to start right at the top.

On Android phones I've always started arranging my homescreen icons from the bottom. It just made sense!

Setting the iPhone X up as a new device rather than from backup meant examining the apps I had installed to see if I really used them. I got rid of some from the second screen but it still felt that things were much the same as on the 6S Plus.

Let's face it, you put the apps you use most on the homescreen for ease of access so there wasn't really much scope for change.

Being able to create a "blank" row at the top of the screen, however, instantly differentiates this phone and has forced me to move four apps to accommodate.

It may seem like a gimmick (and it probably is) but mixing things up keeps me interested which reflects on my productivity.

So, here’s my new homescreen:

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