I’ve been using “Do Not Disturb” for years, scheduled permanently from 12:00 Midnight to 11:59PM, daily.
Combined with ability to allow Favourite Callers to bypass my DND settings, the my setup worked well. Though it had it’s limitations.
I wanted messages to come through, not just calls.
When Apple unveiled the new OS versions at WWDC this year (2021), and seeing the announcement for the “focus” feature, I was impressed.
When iOS 15 finally rolled out, I’d completely forgotten about it. I’d been distracted by the privacy criticisms surrounding iOS 15.
Recently updating, I was pleasantly surprised to remember this feature. Especially with setting custom home screens. Trying it though seemed kind of complicated and restricting.
It felt daunting to set up. I like having only 1 home screen. I like having the app drawer only a single swipe away. I like the idea of custom home screens. What if I use a certain app under multiple conditions, not just “work” or “personal”?
That set-up seemed to make the custom home screens less optimized. Hence feeling restricted, and thus complicated to get the right set up.
Somewhere, either in the presentation, or my understanding of iOS 15 capabilities, I missed a crucial feature. The key to Focus Modes making sense.
iOS 15 can have multiple app launchers for the same app on a single home screen.
This is the unlock for me.