The introduction of the App Library in iOS 14 made Home Screen folders a moot point for many iPhone users. Still, some continue to use folders to organize app icons on the Home Screen, even in a post-App Library world.
Recognizing that this niche still exists, iOS developer Sirius24 released a new jailbreak tweak dubbed FolderPlus to provide users with a substantial amount of folder-centric customization that simply can’t be achieved on stock handsets.
Aside from numerous other “quality of life” improvements, Apple's iOS and iPadOS 15 updates add the much-needed ability to not only rearrange but also delete Home screen pages.
One of the biggest features Apple added with iOS 14 last year was the App Library. It did not make the cut for iPadOS 14 at the time. But Apple is now fixing that, while also expanding widget support for good measure.
A compelling iPadOS concept imagines enhanced multitasking on the iPad sporting a Mac-like menu system along with floating windows, an App Library in the Dock and other perks.
When Apple released iOS & iPadOS 14 last Fall, one of the first things that stood out to me was that the brand new App Library interface and how it was limited to smaller handsets such as the iPhone and iPod touch. Unfortunately, iPad users would be out of luck if they wanted to try the App Library.
Most iOS 14 users are familiar with the App Library by now. For those who aren’t, it’s the additional page all the way to the right of the Home Screen that sorts your installed apps by their categories.
One of the new features to ship with iOS 14 is the App Library. Some people like the App Library because it lets them hide seldom used apps from the Home Screen and without the added clutter of folders, while others dislike it because they have less control over how apps are organized as opposed to creating and managing their own folders. Hiding apps to the App Library is optional, but one thing that struck me as odd is that it’s only available for the iPhone.
Library Card is a newly released and free jailbreak tweak by iOS developer garrepi that ports at least one of the App Library’s key features to jailbroken iPads running iPadOS 14. While it won’t bring the full blown App Library functionality like what we have on the iPhone with iOS 14 to the iPad, it will permit iPad users to hide apps from the Home Screen that they don’t use often without outright deleting them.
One of the most substantial changes to come with the release of iOS 14 this year was the redesigned Home Screen. It not only incorporates a new breed of user-friendly widgets, but it also lets users hide seldom-used app icons away in the new App Library interface.
The App Library is a big change for the iOS platform, and while many people have already started embracing it, others, not so much. For those who align themselves with the latter camp, App Library Disabler is a newly released and free jailbreak tweak by iOS developer Tomasz Poliszuk that disables the App Library interface in its entirety on pwned iOS 14 handsets.
The App Library on iOS 14 was introduced to help you keep your apps organized. It automatically categorizes similar apps into folders, offers a handy search feature, and provides you with suggestions and recently added items with a tap.
And while the App Library is a good tool for finding the apps you need quickly it offers a couple of other benefits. You can move seldom-used apps from your Home Screen to the Library instead of deleting them. And you can pull new apps out of the Library and plop them onto your Home Screen. Moving apps in and out of the App Library is simple, here’s how it’s done.
One of the new features in iOS 14 that received a ton of praise from early adopters is the App Library. It not only serves as a one-stop shop for all your handset’s installed apps, but it also enables users to effectively hide certain icons from the Home Screen to make more room for the upgraded widget experience.
Now, with the help of a newly released and free jailbreak tweak dubbed App Library Controller by iOS developer Tomasz Poliszuk, those rocking pwned iOS 14 devices will be able to do more in the realm of customizing the App Library interface.
iOS and iPadOS 14 were only just recently released to the general public, and while a jailbreak is only currently available for a very small subset of iOS and iPadOS 14 devices via checkra1n at the time of this writing, we’re already beginning to witness the initial trickle of new jailbreak tweaks for the new mobile operating system.
The latest of such tweaks is a new free release dubbed SmoothAppLibrary by iOS developer CydiaGeek, and as depicted in the before and after screenshot examples above, it’s an aesthetic tweak that makes minor changes to the new App Library interface.
With the App Library feature in iOS 14, your most-used apps are always just one tap away in a central place at the end of your Home screen pages. And thanks to Siri intelligence, you can quickly launch apps you’re likely to be looking for. Follow along with us as we show you how to get to your recently installed iPhone apps or Siri-suggested apps via the App Library.