Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Feb 2013 09:04 UTC
Apple John Gruber illustrates the dangers of not having a clue about history: "The utter simplicity of the iOS home screen is Apple's innovation. It's the simplest, most obvious 'system' ever designed." Thanks for playing.
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RE[2]: What a coincidence!?
by Shkaba on Thu 21st Feb 2013 16:52 UTC in reply to "RE: What a coincidence!?"
Shkaba
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By default (as in Factory fresh) there are only about 17 icons on the home screen. All of which are easily movable.

17 is way too much! Like I stated I prefer to have only shortcuts for core functions (phone, email, messaging). As for easily movable ... easy movable where? on another home screen? Is that your idea of clean and organized ... it is not to me. Creating folders just to get rid of that mess worked to some extend but not for all of them (f... newstand! not only you can't get rid of it, it has an ugly icon, too)

Lets compare to Android 4.2: Every app installed ends up with 2 icons (one on the desktop, on in the app tray) and deleting the icon from the desktop doesn't delete the app from the device (or even ask if that is what you meant.) That's fine if you understand that's the way it works, but not if you are a novice (or plain stupid as some other commenters have implied they are when it comes to iOS.)


Strange, but to me that is exactly how it should be. Very similar to notions that have been established in PC-s. Desktop shortcuts are, well ....shortcuts to the app and not the app itself. Everything else is confusing.

Let's then look at the app tray... how is that is any kind of order by default? New apps seem to randomly appear in the list (is it sorted in some specific order? I don't know, I've never really taken time to look). Can you sort the icons? (Never tried.) It's extremely unwieldy and confusing. Even the UI on the Skinned Android Samsung devices my kids have does a better job of arranging the installed apps that stock Android.


I guess I will this one to you to figure out, just like I had to waste couple of hours to get to somewhat clean home screen on my temp iphone.

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