iPad I learned something today: don't have more than 144 apps/9 screens of apps!

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  1. crunc

    crunc Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I had more than 144 including the built-in apps. Or at least I must have given what happened to me this morning. I'm not sure if it was 145 or what, but I can tell you that if you end up with more apps then will fit on 9 screen (16 per screen), you are in for trouble. 144 apps fill up 9 screens and there is no 10th screen of apps, or at least you can not see nor get to it! Moreover, App updates become problematic.

    I discovered this this morning when I installed the latest update to Toy Bot Diaries Free, doing so from the AppStore app on my iPod touch. I could see the busy spinning thing in the top bar indicating that it was downloading it, but no where was the installation actually appearing on screen. I moved to the last screen and it wasn't there, nor was it happening on any other of the 9 available screens. Since the 2.1 firmware update, installs like this happen in the next available spot, but then the updated app jumps back to where the original was. That didn't happen this time. Instead what must have been my 145th app, which apparently must have already been past the 9th screen already, moved into view and Toy Bot Diaries Free had gone *poof*.

    It was there - the AppStore said it was installed. I tried deleting some apps I didn't use, but of course this doesn't cause apps on the next screen to move onto the previous, so TBDF must have just remained on the invisible screen 10. I tried deleting the app from iTunes, but then at the next sync it just copied it back from my iPod touch - it didn't even give me a choice. I finally resolved this by going into the Application options screen for my iPod touch within iTunes and changing to syncing only selected apps, and then unchecking Toy Bot Diaries along with some others I didn't use. Of course doing this also deletes all the app data, so you lose progress! I then synced, which deleted all those apps. Then I re-checked Toy Bot Diaries and synced and finally it was back again, albeit back at square one.

    So, just be warned that currently the iPod Touch 2.1 firmware does not handle 10 screens of apps and, in fact, handles it quite poorly. It seems to let you install more than 144 apps, but it will not show them. You would think that with the AppStore having so many apps, and so many free ones, that it wouldn't be that surprising that someone could end up with 145 apps or even 300.
     
  2. NJPodder

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    Have you considered a healthier addiction, such as alcohol abuse or vicadin?

    :p
     
  3. mek

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    so basically we have to load and unload them as we need them until apple designs another layer of the interface, maybe a button at the 145th spot, that will load an entire subset of another 144 spots, the first one being a return to the first layer...actually that would be kinda impractical
     
  4. NotYou

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    I've also found the app store to be a horrible addiction, though I only have four pages and half is games. it seems pretty common though:
    http://www.iphonesavior.com/iphone-app-store-addiction.html

    I didn't read the whole article, but the cartoon was funny. I think it about sums things up for most iPhone users.
     
  5. BrettArchibald

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    It will if you delete one entire screen of icons. ie: when you delete all the icons from one screen you cannot be left with an "empty" screen. So deleting all the icons from screen number 4 (for example) means that what was previously screen number 5 will now become the new screen number 4.

    I agree it's not the best solution though, but would have worked in an "emergency" situation like this...
     
  6. palenoue

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    My iPhone App addiction is currently fighting with my World of Warcraft addiction.
     
  7. tosui

    tosui Well-Known Member

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    You're out of control!

    Seriously, anything past 117 apps is just unnecessary! Beyond that and you're just a junkie :eek:
     
  8. dudehuge

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    That which does not kill us makes us stronger. - Friedrich Nietzsche :p
     
  9. NJPodder

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    Yes, I suffer the same problem, and I have also been neglecting my alcohol addiction lately thanks to always browsing the app store. Someday, you will see those ambulance-chaser lawyers on TV with ads like "Has your quality of life been affected by addiction to the iPhone/Touch app store? IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT!! Call the number on your screen now..."
     
  10. dwsolberg

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    I'm not addicted...

    I only have 73 applications! Addiction is only if you have more than 100 or if you look for new applications first thing in the morning. (Oh wait....)
     
  11. crunc

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    Well, I narrowed mine down by 10 or so, and that's the second step to recovery isn't it? I'm not sure if I've done the first step yet or not.

    Hey - here's an idea. List every single application you have. If you dare. Not counting the standard apps, of course. I'll let somebody else start. :)
     
  12. VeganTnT

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    I have ten full pages =(

    There is a tenth page but you can not see it. SO I put things like the stocks, notes, and ipod app (I use the double home button) in there.

    After about 7 or 8 full pages the your device will start slowing down. Every time you add/remove/shift apps your device has to make a new map of where everything is. If that map process takes longer that 2 minutes for whatever reason your device will shut itself down and be stuck in an infinite boot cycle =/

    I learned that the hard way and am now down to 6 pages
     
  13. NotYou

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    Hey, if they didn't post them in the middle of the night, we wouldn't have to look first thing in the morning...

    What is Apple doing to us?
     
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    Asphalt4
    Aurora Feint
    BiiBall 3D
    Billy Frontier
    BlocksClassic
    Bug Bounce
    Cannon Challenge
    Castles
    Chopper
    Circular Assault
    Cocktails
    Cowabunga
    Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart
    Critter Crunch
    Cro Mag Rally
    Cube Runner
    CubicMan Deluxe
    De Blob
    Dizzy Bee
    Dreigit
    Enigmo
    Expando
    Fire Drop
    Fuzzle
    Galcon
    Golden Skull
    Hanoi
    Hiqup
    iFroggy Prince
    iSnap
    Koi Pond
    Labyrinth Lite
    Line Rider iRide
    MetaSquares
    Morocco
    MotionX Poker
    Newsstand
    OmNomNom
    PapiJump
    Pennies
    Pianist
    PocketGuitar
    Puzzloop
    Radius
    Remote
    Removem (free)
    Sketches
    Solebon Solitaire
    Super Monkey Ball
    TanZen
    TextGuru
    Touch4: FS5
    Toy Bot Diaries
    Toy Bot Diaries (free)
    Tris
    Trism
    Tunnels
    Units

    :eek:
     
  15. vandy1997

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    Cool list. You have apps for all occasions. All you need is a tip app and a flashlight app. :D You need to jailbreak and install Categories as soon as possible!! :)

     
  16. VeganTnT

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    #16 VeganTnT, Sep 25, 2008
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    Ad hoc helper
    Aim
    Air Sharing
    AS German
    AS Spanish
    Asphalt 4
    Aurora Feint Beta
    Aurora Feint
    Battle at Sea
    BiiBall
    Blue Skies
    Break Classic
    Break Touch
    Circular Assault
    Cookie Bonus Sloitare
    Crash Kart
    Critter Crunch
    Cro-Mag Racing
    Cube Runner
    de Blob
    Diner Dash
    Dizzy Bee
    Enigmo
    Expando
    Facebook
    Fat Free Video Poker
    FLOverload
    Flying Rider
    Funky Punch
    Fuzzle
    Galcon
    Imangi
    Iprocrastinate
    iSplume
    Jaadu VNC
    Koi Pond
    Labyrinth
    Line Rider
    LootMaster
    Lumen
    Meditation Timer
    MetaSquares
    Missle Command
    Mobilechat
    Monkey Ball
    Mote-M
    Mote-M Beta
    Motion X Poker
    Myspace
    NetNewsWire
    NetShare
    NowPlaying
    Numba
    OmniTuner
    OmNomNom
    Overload
    Overload Beta
    Pandora Radio
    PapiJump
    PapiPole
    PapiRiver
    Phone Saber
    PocketGuitar
    Pole Position Remix
    Poptiq
    Putt Putt Golf
    Puzzloop
    Raging Thunder
    Radius
    Reign of Swords
    Remote
    Real Soccer 09
    Rulla
    Scrabble
    Scribball
    Sextuple Word Challenge
    Shazam
    Simplyfy Media
    Smart GO
    Stone of Destiny
    Sonic Lighter
    South Park Imagination Land
    tap Tap Revenge
    Texas Hold'em
    Toy Bot Diaries
    Tris
    Trism
    Tuner
    Twinkle
    Twittelator Pro
    Twitterrific Pro
    Vay
    Virtual Pool
    WeDict
    What's On
    Wordpress
    Wurdle
    X-Plane
    1 Password
    2 Across
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    That's 100

    I also have
    NES
    bossprefs
    snapture
    cycorder
    quickgold
     
  17. crunc

    crunc Well-Known Member

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    Oh man - I guess I started this, so I'd better list mine, showing app name as shown on my iPod Touch, and full name for those I know it offhand):

    2 Across LE
    21 Pro Blackjack Sponsored
    3-Tuple
    ABContacts
    AccuFuel
    AIM
    Air Hockey (Acceleroto version)
    AirSharing
    Aliens Invade (Alien Invasion)
    Anaconda
    AOL Radio
    Athletics
    Aurora Feint
    BiiBallLite
    Billy Frontier
    BJ Run Lite
    Blanks
    BlueSkies
    Brain Tuner
    BreakClassicLite
    Butterflies
    Calc
    CannonGame
    Challenge (Sextuple Word Challenge Lite)
    ChimpsAhoy
    Chopper
    Comet Lite (Comet Cowboy Lite)
    Conversions
    Cro-Mag (Cro-Mag Rally)
    Cube Runner
    Cubes Lite
    Currency
    Dactyl
    Dice (MotionX Dice)
    Dizzy Bee
    Dreigit (ouch!)
    eBay
    EDUBlaster
    eReader
    Expando
    Facebook
    FireDrop
    FlipBook Lite
    FlyingRider
    Football Lite (Paper Football Lite)
    FPLite (Funky Punch Lite)
    Frotz
    Fuzzle
    Galcon
    GhostEX (no - don't do it! It's just as terrible as it looks... even worse)
    Go Out (DC Going Out Guide)
    Google
    Hangman
    iDoodle2lite
    Instapaper
    Invasion (Space Invasion)
    iPhrase
    iSlots
    JirboBreak
    Jirbomatch
    KuGon (Lite)
    Labyrinth LE
    LED Football
    Light (yes, I find it genuinely useful because it boosts screen brightness to max, thus better then just any old screen)
    Lumen Lite
    MissingCalc
    Moonlight Lite (Moonlight Mahjong Lite)
    Morocco
    Mote-M
    myTo-Dos
    NetNewsWire
    Now Playing
    NowLocal
    NYTimes
    OmNom Lite
    Pandora
    PapiJump
    PapiPole
    PapiRiver
    pearMe
    People
    PhoneFlix
    Poker (Motion-X Poker)
    PowerBall-LE
    PuzzloopFree
    Radius
    Remote
    Restaurants
    Roller Coaster Physics
    RulerPlus
    Scramboni
    Scribble
    Serbian
    Sol Free
    Solitaire (Cookie Bonus Solitaire)
    SP2 Lite (Super Pong 2 Lite, now called Super Ball 2 Lite)
    Space Out
    SplashID
    Sportacular
    Stackit
    Stanza
    Tap Tap (Revenge)
    TipStar
    TnL (Thunder & Lightning)
    Tomatoes
    Toy Bot (Toy Bot Diaries)
    Toy Bot Free (Toy Bot Diaries Free)
    Travelocity
    Tris
    Trism
    Tuner
    Vay
    VNC (Mocha VNC Lite)
    WeatherBug
    WeDict
    WeightTrack
    What's On?
    WhiteNoise
    Wikipanion
    Wordabble
    WordMix
    WordWhirl
    YouNote
    YPmobile
    Zenbe


    That makes 125. Now, how many do I actually use? Does it matter? It's kind of like kids collecting Pokemon, but a lot easier.
     

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