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.

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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