I’ve officially had my 10.5″ iPad Pro for 100 days now. I love it and use it every day, but I have to admit finding the best way to organize my home screen is something I’m still struggling with.
iOS 11’s dock has made the home screen feel second-rate. To take full advantage of multitasking and drag and drop, any important apps really need to live in the dock, but not every app can live there unless you use folders.
Making things more frustrating, switching between landscape and portrait orientation completely changes the app layouts since portrait supports 4 apps across while landscape support 5. I spend a lot of time hunting for apps because they move around depending on how I’m holding my iPad.
I truly hope that Apple has a revamp of the home screen in store for future updates, as it really feels like a waste of space on the iPad at this point.
For now, here’s what my home screen looks like:
In the dock, you’ll find the apps I use most often for multitasking:
– Gladys (a shelf app I’m trying)
– Google Docs
On the home screen itself, I try to keep most things in folders, but a few that I use regularly, but not in conjunction with other apps have earned spots directly on the screen. Calendar is there only because I like to see the date.
Everything else lives in the following folders:
– Apple (obligatory Apple junk drawer)
– Communicate (social media apps)
– Reference (cloud storage apps and other repositories like Paprika)
– Media (any sort of video app)
– Play (games)
– Utilities (tools like Screens and other background utilities like content blockers)
Have you discovered any tips or tricks for organizing your iPad home screen? If so, I’d love to hear them.