iOS 4.2 for iPad Allows 20 Apps per Folder

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20 apps allowed in folders on iPad

Folders are one of the big new features in iOS 4.2 for the iPad.  I’m running the first IOS 4.2 beta on mine right now – and I’m happy to see that not only are folders working nicely (and letting me reduce my home screens from 8 to 4), but they also allow 20 apps per folder. 

Much nicer than the measly 12 per folder that we’ve got on iOS 4 on the iPhone right now.  I’m not sure if this is a change that will apply to both devices under 4.2 or just to the iPad because of its larger screen.  In any case I’m glad to see the higher limit and would love to see Apple increase it even further.


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2 thoughts on “iOS 4.2 for iPad Allows 20 Apps per Folder”

  1. You know, pages within folders would be a fantastic idea. I don't mind swiping a page or two left or right to get to something, but I don't like swiping through my games to find a business app when I'm trying to demo something for a client. Sure, putting all my games on the last pages would resolve that, but then at night, when I'm goofing around and playing games, I have to swipe through all my business apps to get there.

    Another great feature would be if you could reorganize pages from within Settings. Not just moving icons, one by one, but also moving entire pages around. Or, being able to auto-configure pages, such as telling the OS to gather each category onto a different page, or make a page comprised of two categories.

    *Wishlist…*

    1. I definitely think there's a lot of room for improvements and enhancements in this area. Folders is much better than the nothing we had before, but I still want more.

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