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One of the more unheralded benefits of iOS 9 is its new folder layout for the iPad. In earlier versions of iOS, folders on the iPad were limited to a 3×3 grid of app icons per page. This allowed users to see a total of 9 apps at once on a single folder page.

In iOS 9, things have changed a bit with regard to folder layout. Apple’s newest iOS update allows users to view up to 16 apps per folder page instead.

iPad 16 apps folders iOS 9

As we’ve discussed previously, and on our most recent episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak, Apple has incorporated many features into stock iOS that were once only obtainable by means of a jailbreak. This new folder layout, which allows for a 4×4 grid of icons on a single folder page, is just the latest example of that.

There are still plenty of things that you can’t do with a stock iOS installation, though, such as enabling nested folder support, customizing folder background, hiding folders, etc. These things, and many other tweaks and options, are keeping some users firmly planted on iOS 8.4.

What do you think about Apple’s new iPad folder layout?

  • leart

    does anyone have this wallpaper for ipad?

    • besrate hogsa

      No i don’t use stock wallpaper

    • Andrew Breyen

      Here they are! http://bfy (dot) tw/1qtQ

      • leart

        tried for a long time in google, thank you for your valuable response

      • Y4VIN

        http://tiny (dot) cc/leartwallpaper
        Edit: It’s actually an OSX wallpaper and I found it by reverse image searching a piece of it.

      • leart

        yeah, i got this before, but is for iphone, im looking for ipad one.. somebody need to extract from a ios 9 device but is difficult without jailbreak. thnx anyway 🙂

    • Shingo

      need one too

    • Pablo

      Apple removed stock iOS 7 and 8 wallpapers in iOS 9?

      • leart

        no dude, just to save them and send to others, the device need to be jailbroken , otherwise you can’t access to the wallpapers directory
        so far there’s no iOS 9 jailbreak and probably only a hacker can extract the iOS 9 wallpapers pack

      • Pablo

        I mean, I’m on iOS 9 but I don’t see the previous wallpapers (iOS 7 and 8) on the stock wallpapers section, only the new ones from iOS 9

      • leart

        yeah, you only see just the current ios ones, for the old you have to save them in gallery first, after set them wallpaper

      • Pablo

        How do you save them y gallery without other elements superimposed?

  • rubeN

    Nice improvement although I don’t use folders much.

    • Anonymous

      Me either, i perfer apex

  • besrate hogsa

    I like that
    even on my iPad mini it looks cool

  • Eikast

    I knew something felt different on my iPad when I opened a folder… Glad to know what it is.

  • Joonyaboy

    This is a head-scratcher as to why they didn’t do it sooner.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah i agree. It was silly on apple’s part.

    • John

      Let’s be honest, this statement could apply to LOTS of things Apple does with iOS.

  • InfinitePlusOne

    Has anyone tried those new Ad Blocking apps that’s on top of paid list ? There wasn’t any announcement on that.

    • Marcus

      I haven’t tried either of them myself because I’m stilled on jailbroken iOS 8.4. However, I have read things online and I know for sure that “Crystal” is definitely legit.

    • Mr.Coolfreak

      yep, Peace is great as its developed by Marco Arment, i have purify atm which i love.

    • Hunter

      I’m using the free “1Blocker”and it works great with me. Just like an ad blocker would work on a computer

      • InfinitePlusOne

        I tried one blocked but if I block all ads. It makes Facebook on browser unusable.

  • rockdude094

    Wow revolutionary

  • theapple99

    does anyone know if IOS9 slows down the ipod touch 5g?

  • Tylor Jackson

    My personally like springtomize 3 any size like 5×5 grid or 6×4 grid or 4×5 grid etc that unlimited apps in folder than this stock folder 4×4 limit. My opinion springtomize 3 tweak is best 😀

  • White Michael Jackson

    Did this feature really need an article?

  • thunderqus

    All they do is add new row and call a day as “Productive”, I can’t believe how much of space they are wasting , just to display 16 apps!

  • With FolderEnhancer on iPhone 6 you can get 4×6 app icons, i can’t understand what Apple ist doing with 3×3 apps…. just a waste of screen space

  • on iOS 6, folders had 20 icons (on iPad), why 3 versions later we have only 16?