With all the apps we have on our iPhones these days, organizing them into folders is almost a requirement. But why does Apple still display only nine apps per folder page, especially when the screen size increases?
Apple first introduced the folders in iOS 4, and you could only have 12 applications in one folder – this number was increased to 16 from the iPhone 5. But the good thing is that the 16 applications appear simultaneously on the screen. .
However, the introduction of iOS 7 involved a completely redesigned user interface, which included folders. While the folders now come with pages that you can browse (up to 15 of them!), You can only insert nine meager apps on one page at a time.
It still made sense on the iPhone 4 and even on the iPhone 5, which both had a much smaller screen size than the current models. On smaller models, open a folder with nine applications filled the screen well. But with iPhone screen sizes going up to a whopping 6.5 inches with the iPhone XS Max, using the same file size is simply wasting money. space on the screen.
Unfortunately, on these larger iPhones (even on the 5.8-inch screen of the classic iPhone XS), the folders look … bad. Just look at this screenshot of an open folder. There is a lot of screen space wasted that could otherwise be used wisely. And why is the title of the file so far from the file?
Of course, this could be a deliberate design choice on the part of Apple, so you do not have to go to the top of the screen to select an application in a folder, but you have to do it anyway to select top applications. from the home screen.
In any case, we did a bit of Photoshopping to see how better a folder could be on iOS and how nicer it would look on newer and larger iPhones.
As you can see, adding two more rows of apps increases the number from 9 to 15, which is a more reasonable use of this entire space. You still have pages that you can browse, but having more applications on the screen at the same time will reduce the number of scans you need to do.
Apple could easily implement something like this on the iPad. While a folder page on the iPad contains 16 applications at the same time, there is still plenty of space around the folder that could easily be used, as shown below.
Hell, Apple could easily enlarge the size of a folder to cover most of the screen of the iPad.
On Android, it depends on the specific device and the launcher you are using, but the default launcher for Pixel 3 can display 15 apps simultaneously in a folder. If you have a custom launcher, like Nova Launcher, you can compress up to 20 applications in one folder to display them at the same time, which works pretty well.
In any case, I would not be surprised if Apple implements an improvement to its iOS folders at some point in a future update, but I'm puzzled as to why it takes so much time.