So how do you put the icon on the device? Well, you could set up a developer account and deal with certificates and provisioning profiles, then build and deploy your app to your phone. If you’re already an iPhone developer, this isn’t too big of a deal. What if you’re a designer? What if you’ve never set up an iPhone app before? There is an easier way.
iOS lets you add website bookmarks to your home screen so it looks like an installed app. To do this, you just have to add a link tag to your html that specifies the icon you want to use. Then you visit the site, add it to your home screen and you can see what it will look like.
Doing this by hand is definitely easier than building and deploying a full iPhone app, but it still is a time consuming multi-step process. I built something to make it a little bit easier.
With my iOS Icon Preview generator, all you need to do is upload an image and type in your phone number. It will generate the html necessary and text a link to your phone so you can add the page to your home screen and preview your icon.
I’m using Twilio to send text messages, which costs me a bit of money. It’s not expensive, but if the service took off, it could be. So I’m going to charge a bit of money for it. The way it will work is that you’ll get 10 icon previews for free. After that, you’ll have to pay $1 to recharge the generator and you’ll get 10 more previews.
Let me know what you think of the service, and the revenue model.