iOS4 folders - anyone else annoyed?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Night Spring, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    No, I'm not talking about the 12-app per folder limit. I'm talking about how I now need an extra step to get back to the home screen because, if I start an app from inside a folder, then when I'm done with the app, I press the home button, and I go back to the home screen -- but that folder is still open! I have to push the home button *another time* or tap somewhere on the screen to close the folder and *really* get back to the home screen. I searched both google and MRoogle, but didn't see anybody else complaining about this. Am I the only one who find this annoying?
  2. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

    Jul 7, 2008
  3. nwcs macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2009
    I am on the fence with that feature. At first I thought it was annoying but then I thought it can be helpful depending on how I organize the folders.
  4. RA19 macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2009
    Warwickshire, UK
    Still don't like the graphical appearance of the folders - just look a mess!
  5. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020


    Jan 29, 2010
    Lexington, KY.
    It actually annoyed me a little at first too, but I've come to like it. Like nwcs said, it can be helpful if your folders are organized in a certain way.
  6. Jemi9OD macrumors regular


    Apr 28, 2010
    Durham, NC
    I find myself unannoyed by it. It's not that much more difficult to get back to the home screen proper.
  7. protobiont macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2010
    What have we come to? If it did take you right back to the home screen, someone else would complain that they have to re-open the folder to get to another app in that folder.

    There's an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and people are still suffering in Haiti.

    All harassment aside, I suppose more customization options would be a good thing.
  8. Nevrsadie macrumors regular


    Oct 31, 2006
    Dark side of the monitor
    I like the fact that the folder stays open after the app closes. When I was using my jailbroken 3GS with categories it annoyed me that I had to reopen the folder after I closed the app. Besides it's only 1 click more than normal.
  9. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    Some people will find anything to moan about! It (they) are so sad.
  10. iSaxon macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
  11. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    I find it annoying that Apple couldn't just implement the jailbroken Categories app for iOS 4.
  12. foiden macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2008
    Going from 6+ pages of apps to 2 pages total is way more worth it than a single extra button click to exit a folder. Much easier to find my apps, this way. Especially if you name your folders well so you can find stuff by category.
  13. 0dev macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
  14. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Yeah. I'm probably adding 30 extra 'clicks' per day, but I'm saving 100 swipes. That feels like a good trade.
  15. Night Spring thread starter macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    But how exactly would you organize your folder so that the default-open feature will be helpful? The only way I can think of is to make a "favorite apps" type of folder, but that seems redundant considering that the taskbar contains your most recently used apps. To me, it seems that when you want to go back to the home screen, chances are you want to go back to the home screen, not to some random folder you opened a while ago and don't even remember having opened, as happens if you've been swapping apps through the taskbar.

    Yes, a rather minor annoyance in the big scheme of things, but I just wondered if this is another point where I just don't think like Apple -- tried using OSX but ended up happily using win7 :p -- or if other users also find this as annoying as I do.

    Also, I've been jailbroken, so I've almost never had to swipe -- I've always used Categories to keep my apps to 2 pages. So I'm not rejoicing over saving swipes, just getting saddled with more taps than I'm used to.
  16. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    Ever heard of spotlight?
  17. tctony macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2009
    Honestly? You're on an Apple forum, in the iPhone section. What do you think people are going to be talking about?
  18. Gizmotoy macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    Take my Photography folder for example. Take a picture using the camera... hop over to a post-processing app... switch over to the Photos app to email a batch of pictures... all without leaving the folder.

    Want to catch up on the News? Switch between your News apps without leaving the folder.

    I find the behavior useful more often than it's a pain.
  19. mackmgg macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2007
    Back with categories, I would have folders with many more than 12 apps in them. It would become slow to load all the icons, and very unorganized.

    The only thing I don't like, is you can't put a folder in a folder
  20. Night Spring thread starter macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Aaah, okay, that makes sense.

    Me, I don't really have any group of apps that work together like that. Usually when I switch out of an app, I want to do something completely else, and there's no predicting what app I want to use next. I might be working on writing up a report in the Notes app, then stop and be in the mood for a game, a book, some Internet browsing... There's just no telling!
  21. COBRASVT macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2008
    Like every time someone complains, someone else has to complain about them complaining. Every time! Same thing huh? At least when someone is complaining, they are voicing their opinion about something of substance.

    And yes, it should be an option to have it either way. I know some see Jobs and a God and w/e he puts on the phone should be the end all, but if that were the case, we'd never have gotten folders in the first place!
  22. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    Not a complaint as far as I was concerned. Just a statement of fact! ;)
  23. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    I feel like swiping and then typing out a name is still more time consuming than clicking twice.

    And to the OP, I do actually find the issue you mention annoying. So does my friend on his 3GS. I'd prefer to go straight back to the home screen when I press home, and not have to close out of a folder first.
  24. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    I hear what your saying however I am still undecided if I even want to use them.

    It seems since I only use 3 home pages of the 11 we are allowed the Folders seem pointless to me, however I do feel your pain in the multiple steps to access/use them.
  25. tigress666 macrumors 68040

    Apr 14, 2010
    Washington State
    No, you're not. I find it a minor annoyance but not enough to even think about how it could be done better (just took it for granted). But yeah, it really shouldn't keep that folder open after you've picked something so that when you go back to the home screen it's closed.

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