How is this still not a thing?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by Jimmy Guphanti, Jun 24, 2015.

  1. Jimmy Guphanti macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2011
    After 9 iterations of iOS, why is there still no feature to move apps in bulk (moving multiple apps to a different page at 1 time instead of 1 by one)? I know you can do it through iTunes, but by 2015 it's kind of absurd that this is not a feature on the device. Jailbreakers have been able to do this for quite some time. Why does Apple not do this?
  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    They likely don't see enough of typical users having much use of that.
  3. penajmz macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
    I know. One of the few jailbreak tweaks I miss.
  4. adamhenry macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2015
    On the Beach
  5. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    If this feature was in 1.0 I would have still not yet used it.
  6. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Well, I agree. Organising apps on the home screen is a pain in the arse. I also have trouble moving apps from page to page or moving apps into folders (the folder more often jumps to the side rather than recognising that I want to put something into it). It's mostly hit or miss, with the annoying result that it will screw up all your pages because you accidentally dropped one icon.

    This is the reason why I don't touch the launchpad on OS X. I don't want to have to deal with this.
  7. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    Rather than moving multiple apps in bulk, I would better:
    1. Delete contacts in bulk.
    2. Delete alarms in bulk.
    3. Delete music/album in bulk.
    4. Delete recent call record in bulk.
    5. Many many more.
    But not moving multiple apps in bulk because this would not happen often.
  8. tennisproha macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2011
    4. Recent > edit > Clear > clear all.
  9. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    But what if I just want to delete some of them not all of them? Sliding one by one to delete is boring and wasting time.
  10. tomtad, Jun 25, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2015

    tomtad macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2015
    The home screen is something I am amazed Apple hasn't tried to improve yet, it essentially been the same since moving icons was introduced in iOS 2 (I think). The problem isn't just how to move large numbers of apps, but also basic organisation. For example I would love to have a screen that shows my recently used apps, or most used apps. Or sort by alphabet or app type. Also, the OS should be able to move apps I don't use much out of the way for me, rather than having to manually search through and move them one at a time. These are just a few ideas and it would make the home screen so much more flexible and useful IMO.
  11. bransoj macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2013
    Double clicking the home button for multitasking does this....
  12. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    That seems like what proactive is trying to emulate. Let you access your most frequent or relevant apps regardless of where they are on your phone.
  13. AbSoluTc macrumors 68040


    Sep 21, 2008
    Put them in a folder and then move them?
  14. tennisproha macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2011
    lol you're kidding right? Dont call those people and you won't have to delete it in the first place.
  15. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    I don't mind Apple not giving us widgets but I would love it if they give us the ability to put icons anywhere we want in the grid.
  16. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    Would never use a multiple move or most recent. I put my apps in a certain place and NEVER move them. Some of my most frequent are on page 3 and some on Page 1 - I just know where they are and leave them there.
  17. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    I'm still waiting for Apple to allow you to place icons where you want on the screen instead of filling up each row.
  18. keatth macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2013
    This is only a problem when I get a new Apple device and download all my apps and have to rearrange them how i like them again
  19. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    If you put them on from a backup it usually puts them in the order you had them, including any folders.
  20. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    How many people are really doing this often enough that it needs to be built into Springboard?
  21. Phillyfinest89 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2013
    Cool feature but don't care that much for it.
  22. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    Unless Apple has changed this, you can do this by connecting your phone to iTunes and moving them around on the iTunes interface.

    At least I think that's how it worked. I haven't used iTunes in a while.
  23. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    This is just an example.
    I totally don't understand why Apple hates bulk deletion so much on an mobile operating system.
  24. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Move them into a temporary folder, move the folder to a different screen then move them back out? Just a thought.

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