iOS 14.3 beta 2 makes custom icons for the iPhone even better

Custom iOS Home screen Icons
Custom iOS Home screen Icons (Image credit: Traf)

What you need to know

  • iOS 14.3 beta 2 removes the need for the Shortcuts app to launch when tapping a custom icon.
  • This is potentially major news for those who have customized their iPhone home screen.

Reported by Apple Terminal (via 9to5Mac), the second developer beta of iOS 14.3 has introduced a major update to the Shortcuts app that makes creating custom icons for your home screen even better.

When iOS 14 released to the public back in September, custom icons experienced a viral moment. People were creating custom icons and customizing their iPhone home screen with custom widgets. It was truly a moment where everyone realized they could customize their iPhone more than ever before.

The major downside to using custom icons is that, currently, tapping on one launches the Shortcuts app before it takes you to the app you actually want to get to. It's a small hiccup, but it does make the experience feel less premium and more of a hack.

According to the report, the second beta of iOS 14.3 removes the need for the Shortcuts app to launch when you tap a custom icon on your home screen.

In iOS 14.3 beta 2, however, the Shortcuts app no longer opens when you launch a shortcut from your home screen. This means that you can set custom app icons on your home screen and launch the associated app, without the Shortcuts app automatically launching first. Instead, a compact UI banner appears at the top.

This could be changed before iOS 14.3 releases to the public but, if it stays, it will make those who customize their iPhones on another level even happier.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.