With all the apps we have on our iPhones today, it is pretty much organizing them in folders. But why does Apple still show just nine apps per folder page, especially with larger screen sizes?
Apple introduced folders in iOS 4, and you can only have up to 12 apps in a single folder – they bumped up that number to 16 starting with iPhone 5. But the great thing was that all 16 would pop up on the screen at the same time.
However, the introduction of iOS 7 meant a completely redesigned user interface, and the included folders. While folders now came with pages you can swipe through (up to 15 of them!), You can just fit a measurable nine apps on one page at a time.
This still made sense on the iPhone 4 and also on the iPhone 5, both of which had a much smaller screen size than current models. On the smaller models, a folder with nine apps on the screen opened pretty nicely. But with iPhone screen sizes all the way up to a giant 6.5 inch with iPhone XS Max, the same folder size uses only screen space.
Unfortunately, on these larger iPhones (even on the regular iPhone XS 5.8-inch screen), folders look nice … bad. Just look at this screenshot of an open folder. There is a lot of wasted screen space that could otherwise be used. And why is the folder's title so far from the folder?
This can of course be a deliberate design choice of Apple so you don't have to reach far up to the top of the screen to choose an app in a folder, but you still have to do it to choose apps at the top of the home screen.
At least we did some Photoshopping to see how much better a folder could be on iOS, and how much nicer it would look on newer, bigger iPhones.
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