If you’ve got a lot of apps on your iPhone or iPad, you know how annoying it can be to organize them. Moving them from one home screen to another, enclosing them inside folders, and rearranging them is fastidious on an iOS device. It’s a bit easier within iTunes, but until the latest version of iTunes – 11.1, released yesterday – it wasn’t that simply there either.
But now, the entire App screen has been redesigned. More home screens are visible at any time, making it easy to drag apps from one to another. Here’s the first four home screens for my iPhone:
As you can see above, there’s a slider just atop the Home Screens section. I have it set to the smallest size, for the purposes of this screen shot, but you can make them much bigger, making it easy to read the names of your apps. You can also manage apps within Newsstand, and any folders you have on your device show up as though they were separate home screens.
These changes will make it much easier to manage your iOS apps. You might also be more inclined to reorganize them, now that it’s simpler. I recently moved from only two home screens with many folders to 8 home screens and just one folder. Instead of tapping folders to access apps, I swipe home screens. This seems easier, as I’ve arranged the home screens in an order more or less based on how often I use apps.