There are hundreds of thousands of apps in the app store. Some you may have, some you have downloaded, some you didn’t even consider. But even with those, there are hundreds of thousands of apps you will never hear of or see. You won’t even use them….
So what justifies a homescreen app? Why out of these alarmingly large numbers of apps, does one stick out over the other?
For myself, it comes down to one simple thing, usage.
I use lots of apps, I play lots of games, I change my workflow often, but when things change, so does my home screen.
I am retentive and order my apps alphabetically, inside and out of folders. I group them by category rather than by use. I even sometimes won’t use an app if the icon looks bad on my home screen. I know, I am sick!
The way I line up my home screen is even not worthy of the great iPhone 5 space. The image below is my latest home screen, showcasing how OCD I can be.
Just yesterday it was different. The mail apps were in different places, Facebook was added (for the Macdaily Facebook Page!), the Bible was pushed down to a folder, under applications. Forecast.io was recently added and has since replaced the need for me to drag down notification center and look at the terribly wrong weather built into iOS.
As you can see, I leave a line of space between the dock and my folders. I like the simple look and the neatness of it all. My wallpaper changes more often than my apps also. I am always looking for the next best wallpaper.
But the biggest kicker in all of this, I only allow for ONE home screen. I hate to scroll sideways to get to apps. It’s is inefficient in my mind. All of my apps fit into this configuration or something get’s deleted!
So what justifies a place on your home screen? Why does an app or a large number of folders occupy your home screen? Is there a method to your madness. I would love to hear what you don on your iDevices!