How Apple Can Save Their Stale Homescreen!


iOS 5 Homescreen

The iOS home screen has, for the most part, been the same since the phone’s introduction in 2007 with the exception of the dock changing and the addition of home screen wallpaper. Unless your iPhone is jailbroken then your home screen has become stale and boring. The only other changes Apple has brought to iOS is the shape of the switch buttons seen in the settings app. Many Apple users have grown tired of the current UI. Jailbreakers have fixed this issue by downloading such theme managers as Winterboard and Dreamboard. For those faithful iDevice users that choose not to jailbreak are left with the standard UI. My issue with themes available in cydia is not one theme changes every app icon available leaving some installed app icons looking out of place compared to those icons that did get themed thus ruining the experience and point of themeing. Unless Apple completely changes the UI they could add a section to the app store just for themes. Of course then every theme could come with a companion app that allowed you to import icons that didn’t come with the theme and automatically themed that icon and added to the system or the theme somehow. Granted my idea may not work but with all the people at Apple there is no doubt they could make it an amazing experience. For Apple to stay on top changing the hardware from year to year wont be enough. Over the years the Android UI really hasn’t changed only the color scheme and layout . Apple could learn a lesson or two from Android in that respect. With a very limited set of features of iOS 6 revealed at WWDC Apple could still surprise us with a user interface change at the iPhone 6 announcement event. Fingers crossed.


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