Are you happy with 4 x 5 + 4 apps on one screen setting?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by agkm800, Feb 7, 2010.

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    agkm800

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    The huge spaces between app icons bother me more than the fat bezel.

    My preference would be 5 x 5 + 5 or perhaps even more apps on one screen.

    OR

    At least, make them all gather in the middle; reduce all the dumb spaces.
     

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  2. macrumors G3

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    I would be very very surprised if it ships this way.
     
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    sassenach74

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    I'm not overly bothered myself. I admit it does seem a little sparse on the home screen. Would have been nice to see a different approach to managing pages of apps, how they could have done it, I have no idea. 4X4 or 5X5, both seem ok to me.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Not really. I would much prefer 5 x 5 + 5 but it might look too cluttered on the screen.
     
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    agkm800

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    I would be very very surprised (pleasantly) if they change the setting. :)
     
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    master-ceo

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    i'm cool with it. its the least of the ipads troubles.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    My guess is it will either something you can customize or changed in a later update of the OS once it ships...

    It does have an unfinished look to it...
     
  8. macrumors G3

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    we know from the simulator that the dock can hold 6 icons, for what it's worth.
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    i think it provides a clearer view of the desktop. which is why the iphone doesn't have custom wallpaper on the springboard. it would look too busy.
     
  10. macrumors member

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    It is clean and minimal. I like it!
     
  11. macrumors 65816

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    I had 5X4 on a JB iPhone. Didn't look cluttered at all. And on a Mac, I use the 16x16 icon size with a dock shrunk to the smallest size. Big icons only take up space and offer no additionally functionality.

    These icons just make the iPad look like a clunker.
     
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    I agree that this is most likely what Apple is thinking.

    I think the "gap" problem is mainly caused by our experience from the iPhone. If there was no iPhone, we would not be having this conversation.

    Having said that, IMO both the iPhone and the iPad should have a much smarter app organisation system than presently exists. The multi-page flat icon grid structure we have now is just simply lame. Apple have chosen simplicity over usability. I guess this mimics the form over function design philosophy in hardware.

    A better approach would be a hierarchical system, where you can organise, say games, productivity apps etc in folders or whatever you want to call them. But even that is old-school. I'm sure some smart people could think of a way cool new interface that incorporates advanced jestures? How about that each of the "folders" are actually floating bubbles, and you can flick them around and expand them to reveal icons like the photo galleries on the iPad, so you don't have to fully open them to see what's inside... etc
     
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    I was thinking the SDK showed you could have six icons on the dock. As far as the screen itself, I plan on just having one icon on the screen (probably Safari) and move all the rest to screen 2. I don't like a lot of clutter on my desktop.
     
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    mackmgg

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    From what I've heard, the dock can hold 6 icons.
     
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    I would definitely like to see a desktop that is better organized. Some type of Win 7 or OS X style would be appropriate with custom widgets. The pages of apps for the iPhone is"ok", but I expect more with all that real estate.
     
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    thejakill

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    Folders would be nice, but not a deal breaker.
     
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    marksman

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    I want 2 x 2 and then one in the dock for 5 total spots per screen with 100 screens.

    Plus make the icons about 350% bigger each to help fill up the screen.
     
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    goobot

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    it makes everything cleaner and nicer tho
     
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    Hmm, the layout to me is good.

    I was just thinking that maybe they could enlarge the icons a bit. Course it might get a little fuzzy considering they limit the icon size when you submit an app.
     
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    im also going to keep my springboard clear except for the dock. i wish i could put some widgets on there but apple in all their wisdom says no. maybe 4.0 will solve this. if not im definitely jailbreaking when that is possible.
     
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    mtnDewFTW

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    Jailbreak?
     
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    mackmgg

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    Yeah, you can have 6 apps on the dock:
     

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    Whoa. Did you do this? If so, how did you get it so there are no icons on the screen itself? I was thinking, from playing with my iPhone that you always had to have at least one icon on a screen or it disappeared. What you show is exactly what I want.
     
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    If Apple has made one mistake, it will be their failure to rethink the UI (just a little) for the big screen and one holds/one handed use. If you're holding the ipad in your left hand it will take considerable movement across the screen to pick the upper left icon with your right hand, for example. On my little Archos tablet I've moved all the icons and the task bar to the right edge. Most I can tap with my right thumb now, the same way I use my iPod Touch.
     
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    You know I was thinking about this. Apple had to know there would be a big uproar from everyone complaining the iPad didn't run OS X. It seems to me that it would had been very easy to change the UI so that it mimics the OS X UI as far as the screen and dock go. Allow an applications folder on the dock and perhaps even have a folder on the dock for iWorks documents. Allow icons on the home screen for documents, etc.
     

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