Why, Apple...why??

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by s2mike, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. s2mike macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2015
    I truly can’t believe that, ten years after the first iPhone was released, Apple still won’t allow users to place home screen app icons wherever we’d like. Why in the world is Apple so insistent on using a grid pattern that originates from the upper left corner of the screen?? They don’t force people to place their Mac desktop icons in specific places, so why keep iOS so locked down?

    Back when we were dealing with 3.5 and 4-inch screens, this wasn’t a big deal. iPhones fit comfortably in the hand and even that far away upper left corner of the screen was easy to reach. However, screens are getting bigger and bigger these days, and even with my 4.7” iPhone 7 screen, I hate having to stretch or use two hands just to launch an app.

    The fact that I’m forced to use some third-party website that creates blank home screen icons just to comfortably reach my apps is pretty ridiculous in 2017. I like a minimal home screen with just a few apps on it, and it makes no sense to have them all sitting at the very top of the screen.

    Do you think Apple will ever cave on this issue?

    And yes, I’m aware of the reachability feature, but I shouldn’t have to rely on that.

    It’s just so frustrating.

  2. sundog925 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2011
    It’s actually *Reachability and it’s a “feature”.

    That’s why they know better than we do
  3. fisherking macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    there are a number of things i wish were different with ios (so much so, that i used to jailbreak my phones, so i could get everything the way i wanted it: fun, and a colossal headache too).

    but apple is apple. so am not holding my breath for real customization options. and, in the midst of people with real, functional issues, does this really need it's own thread?
  4. fatalogic macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2016
    I just want to rearrange my apps. I like a row of photo apps, a row of music apps, ect but I've given up fighting with the system to create a useable system on my iphone or apple watch.
  5. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
  6. IndianBird macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    I heard you could rearrange on a Droid phone.
  7. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    No interest in all for placing icons in random spots. Glad it works this way. Thanks Apple
  8. dcp10 macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
    Not perfect, but you could use a folder in the dock
  9. stulaw11 Suspended

    Jan 25, 2012
    Huh? Double touch (not press) home button and screen slides down to reach top. Problem solved.

    How is wasting half of the screen a better design solution exactly?
  10. fisherking macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    i got this idea from my jailbreaking days; i hate scrolling thru pages of apps; not a fan of clutter either. AND i wanted my screen open; so. only ONE page: i keep all my apps in the dock; four folders, logically organized. and all the lesser-used apps are on additional pages in the last folder. works for me, anyway...
  11. s2mike thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2015
    If it’s customizable, it’s not a waste. If you like all your apps at the top, go nuts. A lot of people would prefer to have them easily within reach without doing the dumb double tap.
  12. EM2013 macrumors 68000


    Sep 2, 2013
    If they haven’t done it this far...

    I couldn’t care less about it. You can use folders, reachability, or spotlight search.

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