Thursday, January 13, 2022

iOS App Library Is Drunk

Jesse Squires:

Periodically, the order of folders in App Library changes. Why?! It is incredibly disorienting. I’m not sure if this is a bug or a “feature” where recently-used or most-used categories move toward the top? The order of category folders should always be fixed.

The second major issue I’ve seen lately: sometimes apps change categories. The other day, Duolingo suddenly moved from “Education” to “Other”, along with a few other bizarre moves. This certainly seems like a bug, but I really don’t understand how this could happen. Presumably, these categories are based on the App Store categories that developers select for their apps, and which are part of an app’s metadata. Apps should only change categories if the developer changes the app metadata.


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App Library has one use to me — sitting in the dock on my iPad, where it’s easy to tap, search for an app and drag it into a multitasking window. I can’t imagine actually browsing anything below that search field. It’s madness.

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