Apple to Allow Limited Home Screen Customization in iPadOS
Since the dawn of Apple’s mobile operating system, one of the biggest complaints that has continued to crop up from users and tech enthusiasts alike has been the lack of customization available on the home screen. For all intents and purposes, with the exception of the spotlight area on today’s iOS devices (which you access by swiping right when you’re on the first home screen), the experience is just a bunch of apps and app folders. Android, by comparison, makes room for widgets, customized app layouts, and a whole lot more.
However, according to the latest iOS 13 beta release, which included some updates to iPadOS, Apple will give users a very limited amount of control over the home screen’s appearance on the iPad. First discovered and reported on by MacRumors.com, the new beta release included a new feature in the Settings menu that lets you choose between two different app sizes for the home screen, “More” and “Bigger.” Essentially, you can pick between a 4x5 app layout or a 6x5 grid, allowing you to see up to 20 or 30 apps on the home screen respectively.
It’s not a major change, to say the least, but this is an important step in the right direction for Apple. They’re finally showing a willingness to let users experiment with just the slightest amount of customization for the look and feel of the user interface. For a company that’s so keen on keeping the experience clean and consistent, this is huge.
Other updates of note from the latest beta release include fresh wallpapers for the Home app, the expansion of volume level controls to include 34 different levels, and the addition of Shortcuts to the iOS Share Sheet giving users faster access.