Two days ago, Apple released the iOS 4 Software Update, which has many new features including multitasking and folders. Since multitasking isn’t supported on iPhone 3G (my phone), I was most eager to get folders. Folders in iOS 4 enable you to organize your apps by dragging one app on another. The folder is automatically named by the category of apps grouped (up to 12 apps per folder), or renamed by the user. To see how it works, check out this Apple video.
Folders enabled me to greatly reduce the number of app pages on my iPhone: I went from 10 pages to 2. I thought that folders would make it much easier to find my apps. I discovered it’s easier when apps are definitively categorized, but not necessarily when apps can be cross-categorized. Since creating folders, I still spend time looking for many apps, and I ultimately resort to the search feature (push home button 2x). I wonder if it will take a little time to learn where I organized my apps and I will subsequently locate apps more in the folders, as opposed to the search feature.