Reorganizing Apps Frustration!

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by jacqueg, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. jacqueg macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2014
    Just spent a good half hour rearranging apps on my iPhone. When I went to sync, iTunes restored them all back to where I had moved them from - didn't even ask which configuration I wanted to keep.

    OK, I went to reorganize them in iTunes. But apparently iTunes does not make the dock available for changes!

    This used to be simple, why is it so confusing now???
  2. Italianblend macrumors 68000


    Mar 21, 2011
    Apple rarely places importance on such things. Heaven forbid we have a customizable user experience. You'd think that after a decade of iOS, it would be ironed out by now.
  3. iososx macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2014
    iTunes first priority is as an income and profit generator for Apple.

    Second it's proprietary so as to lock customers into Apple products and services.

    Third being primarily a USB / lightning hard wired tether from computer to iPhone, it assures sales of Apples overpriced cables.

    Fourth it's rather old school interface isn't designed for ease of use. It's a store to sell you things and get you accustomed to Apples way of doing things. Oh sure it backs up your iPhone but demands many compromises in the process.

    Brilliant in its role in assuring Apples financial success and customer lock in, Apple deserves a lot of credit for designing such a moneymaker.
  4. jacqueg thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2014
    This is actually regressive behavior, I don't recall these problems from the previous iOS (7?)

    After umpteen tries, I figured out the dock issue. Apparently, the iPhone dock will accept four icons, no more. So I moved Mail off the dock, since I don't use it on my iPhone, then I could move Camera down there, which I do use.

    Now no one would expect the iPhone dock to hold 20 icons, but it seems to me it could hold 5 or 6 with little loss in usability. And by the way, I looked up rearranging icon apps in both apple's guide and several other sources. No one mentioned this crucial detail about the dock. And you can't rearrange the dock in iTunes as far as I could tell, it can only be done on the iPhone.

    As for the syncing issue, after three runs at rearranging all my apps, iTunes finally decided I meant it, and left them where I wanted them.

    The first mac I used was the fat mac, and I remember being confused as all heck, because I had learned computer driving on an ibm pc. It was "well, how do I...?" "you just do..." because I was expecting to have to do half the computer's thinking for it. But once it sank in, I never looked back. But it seems to me that these days, apple is going in the opposite direction. You really can have too many bells and whistles, and I think we're getting there.

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