iOS limitations?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by marcusj0015, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. marcusj0015 macrumors 65816

    Aug 29, 2011
    Not to bitch or anything, but the whole 8 Safari tabs and 12 apps in a folder are really ****ing annoying. they're driving me a little crazy tbh.

    why won't Apple just unlimit those things? they can page background tabs to a cache somewhere. :Sigh:
  2. Jare macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2010
    You honestly need more then 8 Safari tabs open? I think you need some productivity management.
  3. WordMasterRice macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    Upstate NY
    Is this really the best rationalization you can do? These limits are frustrating and probably aren't even needed.
  4. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    This is exactly what the Reading List was designed for. It's a way to save stuff for a little while without permanently committing it to your bookmarks.

    Act like you're going to add the page to your bookmarks but then send it to Reading List instead of bookmarks.

    (It even syncs among all your devices so that's a little added bonus right there.)
  5. APlotdevice, Dec 22, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2011

    APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    The 8/9 tab limit* in Safari isn't specifically an iOS limitation, as third party browsers like iCab will let you have more than that.

    *The iPad allows 9 tabs in Safari (and 20 items in a folder)
  6. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    If Safari offered 100 tabs someone would complain that they need 101. :eek: You can never satisfy all of the people all of the time.;)
  7. marcusj0015 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 29, 2011
    The point is, theres no reason for the limitation, infact it cost them money and time that was completely unnecessary to implement in the first place.
  8. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    The reason is that it keeps people from just leaving 100 pages open and then complaining that they can't find anything.

    Ok, so you'd use it efficiently, but for every 1 of you there'd be 100 people who just don't close things because they're lazy. Then the iPhone would be known as "that phone where it's hard to find your tab."

    I know so many people on both Macs and Windows who have a filing system of "I have 500 files on my desktop." Neither Apple or Microsoft can "fix" their legacy computers because people would complain if they changed them too much. So they're both stuck there, but they're trying to correct those mistakes in their tablet computers.

    Trust me, those same people would make their phones into a similar a mess if they could. Apple's idea with iOS is that it would help people avoid that kind of crap. And it does that pretty well.

    So removing this limitation would help you, but it would "hurt" 100 other users in exchange. That's a bad exchange for Apple.
  9. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    There is a reason. Not knowing/understanding/agreeing with the reason doesn't mean that there isn't one. :rolleyes:

    Citation? Do you develop code for Safari or other mobile browsers?
  10. verwon macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    If you're not happy with the limits, use another browser, or a different phone.
  11. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    The limitation is there because the phone can't open all those tabs at the same time anyway because of memory limitations. If you had 8 tabs open your phone would slow down so closing them makes the phone run faster.

    Makes sense to me.
  12. applemagic123 macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2009
    wow dude

    People commenting seriously think that apple is god's gift to fan boys. Man you guys completely undermined the op's feelings. man, I completely agree with the op. I think 8 tabs is a bit much, get a desk top for peet's sake. But 12 apps per folder is ridiculous. I have a bunch of games on my iPhone and the 12 app limit is VERY VERY frikken annoying. I have 2 folders that are both named "entertainment."

    I was happy about getting a factory unlocked iPhone because I didn't have to jailbreak it to use tmobile (grandfathered account here) but with the 12 app to a folder limitation, I'm seriously thinking about jailbreaking this thing. :apple:

    And all you people saying WHY the limiations are there, how do you know that's the reason why they're there? Maybe they're there to make people want to jailbreak their devices and void their warrenties. Psht!
  13. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    If I have more than 4 tabs open at a time I get constant page refreshes in Safari. I can only imagine what it would be like if I had 8 o more tabs open at a time. :eek:
  14. Giuly macrumors 68040


    Have you guys tried opening more than 8 tabs in one Safari window on a Mac lately? :rolleyes:
  15. macbook pro i5 macrumors 65816

    macbook pro i5

    May 13, 2011
    New Zealand
    Just tried no lag what so ever!
  16. Jagardn macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    If you were to use spotlight, your problem wouldn't matter. I have Multiple games folders, but I don't care what is in what. I just use spotlight, start typing the app name and I'm done. If they didn't have a limitation and you had 1000 apps in your entertainment folder, how would you find the one you wanted?

    The answer is still spotlight.
  17. MattInOz macrumors 68030


    Jan 19, 2006
    Well 8+ tabs would be far more useful if it cached websites on the device while in a active tab. I rarely get past 4 before it has to render the website from the network most of the times I change tab.

    Certainly some room for fixing Safari.
  18. twigman08 macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2012
    This! I wonder why it seems people don't use it? I can find just about anything I need right in spotlight. Want to go to a certain text you remember typing? Spotlight. You want to search wikipedia? Spotlight. Want to open up a quick app? Spotlight.

    Which one is better? Looking through 24 apps in one folder (assuming both Entertainment folders were full), or just swiping over to Spotlight and type around three letters and open it right up? Spotlight. I use it all the time and i always seem to be more "productive" on my phone than some other people are because of Spotlight.
  19. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Wrong. It has to do with memory management. I'm not going into the nitty gritty details here of OS level memory management (you'll need to read up on programming books for that and iOS documentation) but limits need to be in place to keep the iPhone running at a consistent performance.

    And I highly doubt it cost Apple money.

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