Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2
I think both of you (and by extension all those talking about how "folders" would be better) are wrong.
The various screens we have now are pretty much the exact same thing as folders, they just don't look like folders. The only difference is that they don't allow for nested folders, otherwise they are exactly the same.
Most people talking about folders always say:
"I just want one folder for games, one for web apps, ..." etc. (or words to that effect).
This is no different than the multiple screens we have now. If the iPhone allowed for folders, it wouldn't make sense to put one to a screen, so they would all be on one screen. This idea of having all the apps in folders on a single screen, is usually put forward as a way of "stopping all the flipping back and forth" (which although it only takes a second or two apparently infuriates some people). That means multiple folders on a single page with (presumably) tabs or buttons to switch between them.
How is this significantly different from multiple screens with the buttons at the bottom to switch between them? If they made those tiny dots just a tad bigger, it would be basically the same thing.
So, with NO design change at all, we almost
have folders already, and with a tiny, tiny design change to the buttons at the bottom of the screen, you would have all the functionality of folders for apps.
I think people complaining about folders are just not able to see that they already have them.
I don't think that's right.
A page of folders (games, productivity, musical instruments, reference, etc.) gives me one touch access to categories that are easy to spot. 16 categories ought to cover the action pretty well.
Direct access to app screens via the "dots" means I have to remember that page 3 is games, page 4 is reference, etc.
Moreover, Apple could implement a touch behavior for folders, such as touch and hold, to bring up a list view of folder contents, which would bring any app within a single touch and slide, and do it within a logical tree structure that would be very intuitive.
Personally, I want Apple to extent the right swipe/leftmost screen idea they're using for spotlight to a down swipe/upper screen notifications and current info screen.