As I researched this post, I learned that this feature is called Launchpad and that it has something to do with the (anticipated?) convergence of desktop and mobile operating system experiences. I guess when you combine Launchpad with the Dock is OSX, itâ€™s kind of like the way iOS organizes apps.
But, wow, when you first encounter Launchpad in an uncurated stated, it is an incomprehensible jumble. I guess itâ€™s organized according to the order in which things were installed. How is it useful in a world where people tuck everything they need into the dock? Itâ€™s not like the average person uses that many different applications.
As part of my research, I settled down and tried to organize Launchpad, which was a nightmare of awkwardly holding down a button on my keyboard and moving icons around. Icons that didnâ€™t want to move between the multiple screens of Launchpad. And sometimes I just had to touch the Option key once, and sometimes I had to hold it down. By the way, some icons are deletable, and most are not, which meant that I just kept shoving applications I barely use into one big folder.
I suppose that means Iâ€™m using Launchpad the wrong way – after all, itâ€™s clearly meant to be a place where you keep every single program on your computer. In the end, I used the first screen to hold icons for all the applications I actually use on a regular basis, and left everything as a jumble in the next 3 screens.
Itâ€™s not like Iâ€™m going to start using Launchpad, anyway. I use Quicksilver and just type what I want (if it isnâ€™t already open).