iPhone UI ain’t perfect

I’ve wondered about this myself from time to time, as i organize (or try to) the apps on my iPhone. I find myself wishing the lame stocks and weather app would go away. I mean, i totally broke up with Weather.app long ago. I packed p her stuff, nicely told her I had found a more useful application that did more and that I liked better. I thought we were on the same page, but since she hasn’t moved out yet, I guess not.

Stocks.app, well he’s just that creepy guy that never leaves but you’re not quite sure why he’s there or who invited him.

I’m glad Apple chose to bundle some apps with the iPhone, but it’d be nice if they let me remove them. Heck leave them copied in iTunes so if I ever break up with weatherbug.app, I can go crawling back to Weather.app and see if she’ll have me.

TUAW has a post on a work around, though it’s not for the faint of heart. Not because it involves crazy terminal stuff, or SSH’ing or anything, but because it requires you to have 9 pages of apps!

Yeah You read right. 9 pages. Apparently the 10th page is hidden from view, so apps on that page are not seen.

I think I’ll wait and see if a better options arises.

But it does raise an interesting point, Apple has decided that we not only need, but absolutely must have those apps, that the phone is not complete with out them. Interesting (though not surprising) approach.

the TUAW post also raises some interesting questions about overall iPhone UI, and how better to handle applications. Stacks appears to be a common suggestion.

Another iPhone UI element that is un represented is themes. in the jailbreak world, themes are HUGE. Like Ryan Stewart huge! Yet even now in our controlled app dev world, themes are taboo.

I had hoped that much of the cool features in jailbreaking would find their way to Apple. Themes, some of the cooler apps that still haven’t shown up, like video encoding, etc.

There’s still hope. I’ve held out jailbreaking my iPhone, I may re-think that though.

9 thoughts on “iPhone UI ain’t perfect

  1. peng Post author

    Dear John,
    Does it really hurt so much to put those icons on say, the 5th page of your iPhone desktop? That’s where I hide all the apps I don’t want to use. Stop stressing yourself out like this!

    Regards,
    Peng :)

  2. John Wilker Post author

    @peng,

    Shot answer, no. That’s where I currently put them. But it begs the question. Why can’t I just not have them? If there’s no use for them, why have them? Why force me to keep them?

  3. peng Post author

    You have a point. What bugs me even more is that you can’t rearrange them in iTunes. Neither does iTunes store the settings, so they end up getting all jumbled up everytime I do an OS update. That said, you got some cool app installed, will have to check ’em out myself.

  4. Chris Rebstock Post author

    I think whats happening is that people get so psyched about this application install ability that they fill their phone up with a bunch of crazy useless stuff. Then their desktop is simply filled to the brim with apps they may only open once in a blue moon (tip calculator anyone?). I think if you trim the fat, you may not find those extra icons so annoying.

    As an aside, it would be really nice if the settings app had a new section where you could disable system apps. Once disabled they would be invisible, but once re-enabled they would pop up again.

    By the way, looks like you (or someone else) needs to read some email.

  5. John Wilker Post author

    @Chris,

    hey Tip calc is useful! LOL

    Yeah even a system setting to hide, would be nice.

    And yeah I have 5 accounts that funnel into my iPhone, makes for a big unread count. I wish the Mail app was like a blrackberry. The read status from the system would come over so it would mark as read once I read it on my computer. or move it once I’ve moved it or labeled it. Kinda sucks

  6. peng

    Dear John,
    Does it really hurt so much to put those icons on say, the 5th page of your iPhone desktop? That's where I hide all the apps I don't want to use. Stop stressing yourself out like this!

    Regards,
    Peng :)

  7. John Wilker

    @Chris,

    hey Tip calc is useful! LOL

    Yeah even a system setting to hide, would be nice.

    And yeah I have 5 accounts that funnel into my iPhone, makes for a big unread count. I wish the Mail app was like a blrackberry. The read status from the system would come over so it would mark as read once I read it on my computer. or move it once I've moved it or labeled it. Kinda sucks

  8. peng

    You have a point. What bugs me even more is that you can't rearrange them in iTunes. Neither does iTunes store the settings, so they end up getting all jumbled up everytime I do an OS update. That said, you got some cool app installed, will have to check 'em out myself.

  9. John Wilker

    @peng,

    Shot answer, no. That's where I currently put them. But it begs the question. Why can't I just not have them? If there's no use for them, why have them? Why force me to keep them?

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