Will iOS (iPhone) Ever Support Landscape Homescreen?
It's one of the most annoying things about iOS. When I'm in an app that only works in landscape and I want to close an app and go into another one quickly, I don't want to have to rotate the phone just to open an app and then have to rotate it again once I'm in the new app. The iPad supports a landscape homescreen, why doesn't the iPhone? They could at least offer it and allow those that don't want it to disable it.
- 11-08-2011, 02:25 PM #2
- 11-08-2011, 02:26 PM #3
I might be really wrong but I think it has to do with the fact that the iPad is more sqaure while the iPhone is longer. So while the iPad is still pretty big rotated the iPhone becomes like a bar, how would you get to the app you wanted to start if it was on the bottom half of the screen in portrait? it would either fall off the screen in landscape or the scrolling would have to go vertical instead of horizontal. So it's not as easy as you might think.
- 11-08-2011, 02:37 PM #4
It wouldn't be that hard to do. Just make all the icons rotate and the notification bar move to the top. The dock could stay stationary and app page scrolling could go either vertical or horizontal.
Im 99% sure the iPad has the same aspect ratio as the iPhone. Also, on the iPad, the icons change location when rotated. I know they would have to change some stuff, but they should be able to figure out a solution that works. If the BBOS can do it, there is no reason iOS can't.
Worst case scenario, they could just rotate the icons sideways and remove the words below the icon. That would allow for a seamless transition but give people like me the option to enable a landscape homescreen. The multitasking bar could also stay where it is but just rotate the icons so it doesn't look sideways. I'm just sick of getting slightly dizzy when I look at my homescreen sideways!
- 11-08-2011, 03:07 PM #6
I've always wanted this since my first iPhone the first one, (or 2G, or EDGE, or whatever). Honestly after thinking about it for so long I am convinced that Apple keeps portrait because of what comes after the 'i'...this is a phone and held in landscape mode the phone call aspect of this wonderful device is underminded.
What about the iPod Touch? Sorry, but I've never considered this device to be anything other than an iPhone with no phone capability...making it a moot point. Egocentric of me, I know, but if Apple allowed the iPod touch a capability like this that the iPhone didn't have people would want it and yet again the premise of their flagship 'i' device is undermined.
- 11-08-2011, 03:25 PM #7
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