apps homescreen layout

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by 3square, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. 3square macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2014
    am i the only one that rather have this kind of layout instead of a scattered icon layout?

    they've conditioned us with the iPhone app layout, why can't they continue using that?
    it'll also make sense considering the square screen shape.

  2. Pinksteady macrumors 6502a


    Aug 19, 2008
  3. extricated macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2011
  4. tgi macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    I like the Watch OS icons. It's perfect for a smaller screen.
  5. simsdaniel macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2012
    Sacramento, California
    I also like how it is now. I don't want my phone's UI copy and pasted onto a smaller screen.
  6. 3square thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2014
    here's a quick mock-up.

    just saying, from a usability stand point… OSX launchpad, and iPhone layout they work pretty well. Since the content should be dictate by the format.
    It would also maximize the functionality of the screens real estate.

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  7. 3square thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2014
    calm down guy :rolleyes:
  8. alia macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    I think they are trying to avoid it looking like a tiny iphone on your wrist.
  9. 3square thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2014
    i don't mine the circular icon shape, i do like it like that. does a good job to simplify the icon for quick glances.

    just the layout that bothers me.
  10. danielceleste macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2012
    The purpose of the constellation layout now is also to make it nearly impossible to detect screen edges.
  11. robaroo macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    I have a hunch that the reason the home page is laid out the way it is, and also the reason why the icons and a lot of elements are circular, is because apple plans on releasing a round apple watch in the future (like the moto360) and that the rectangular form factor of the the current apple watch is only a temporary design.
  12. 3square thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2014
    still doesn't sound like apple to do something just for the sake of being different; with no practical purpose to it. Take the iPad for example, people said it's just an enlarged version of the phone. Yes, but it's practical purpose is the usability. We already know how to use it from the iphone.

    long shot here… might be the power issue? less active area for the screen to be lit? same goes for the circle icon as well?
  13. Vanilla Face macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2013
    It might take a while, but once you know where all the apps are on the home screen, the existing layout will be significantly more fluid.
  14. 3square thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2014
    i don't mind the square face. it's practical and efficient. more room for battery and component to fit in a square, then a circle. Also most of the content will need a square shape. it's so difficult to design or show text in a circle.


    i agree on the fluid nature and search-ability...if you have a low number of apps. the search-ability problem will increase dramatically when you have more and more apps.

    imagine once you have zoomed in, and trying to pan around to find anything without any reference point to where the edge are.
    you can zoom out, but i doubt you can pinpoint select the smaller app icons.

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