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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What?
by darknexus on Wed 20th Feb 2013 09:35 UTC
darknexus
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2008-07-15

The springboard is one of the things that annoys me the most about iOS. It takes simplicity too far, having each app be its own icon and all apps forced to appear there. I've got a lot of apps installed and the most irritating thing about the home screen is having to remember: ok, now what page is that app on? This is one area that I think Android (even with stock launcher) did much better. The home screen is where your most commonly used apps go (old style Windows desktop, anyone?) and you can pull down an apps list to get the rest. Much simpler.
And yes, I know about spotlight search, but having to type in part of the name of an app I'm looking for isn't exactly the most productive way to go on a device with a 4-inch screen.

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by terra on Wed 20th Feb 2013 10:27 in reply to "What?"
RE[2]: What?
by darknexus on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:34 in reply to "RE: What?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Wow, learn to write and actually debate without personal insults before posting, please. Now, let me explain something. It's not the most frequently used apps that are a pain to find, it's those that I use less frequently but still do use. I do not remember what page I put every app (or folder) on, thank you. Now, I use an iPhone as my only phone as well as an iPad, and I'd bet I know just a little bit more about iOS than most. Here's where Android shines though: I know the name of the app that's not on my home screen, so I open the apps list and find it in an alphabetical list. That is simplicity. With iOS, what do I do? I can either browse through each page of apps and folders to find it (tedious), open spotlight search (kind of bothersome on a small device) or I can reset the home screen to force all entries into alphabetical order. There's just one problem with that approach though, I lose my most frequent apps on page one, because all the default apps get put back there when you use this option. So explain to me again, how the iOS approach is superior? This time, you may use complete sentences.

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RE: What?
by lustyd on Wed 20th Feb 2013 10:40 in reply to "What?"
lustyd Member since:
2008-06-19

Why not use folders like the rest of us in iOS do? Put your folders on page 2 and your most used apps on page 1.

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RE[2]: What?
by JAlexoid on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:41 in reply to "RE: What?"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Wasn't iOS supposed to be "effortless"?

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