The curtain has closed on Apple’s big event. While we’re still recovering from all the big news surrounding Jobs’ return, the new and improved Nanos, the arrival of iPhone OS 3.1, and the fact that iTunes 9 comes with sharing, we’re now able to actually play with our new toys and we’ve discovered something remarkable.
Amid all the hype around iTunes 9 was one new instrumental feature for iPhone owners — app management. We were thrilled by the possibilities of finally being able to organize and manage our apps via iTunes, and now we’re even more impressed by the reality.
After toying with the new feature, we can officially say that the iTunes 9 application management features are fantastic. Gone are the days of painstakingly moving apps one-by-one on our iPhones. Today we welcome effortless drag and drop app management and syncing, and here we’ll walk you through how to create application harmony between iTunes and your iPhone.
First things first: download the new iTunes, install it and fire it up. You should also update your iPhone to OS 3.1 for a smooth transition (a word to the wise: sync your iPhone one last time before you update to the new OS). That process might not be quick, but it should be rather painless.
Once your software updates are complete, connect your iPhone to your computer via the USB cable. Select your iPhone from the Devices section in iTunes, and then click on the Applications tab. You should be greeted with an electronic view of your entire installed app catalog and your iPhone’s existing application screens.
All the applications you’ve installed using iTunes will now appear in the Sync Applications portion of the page. You can now search applications by name, or sort them by name, category, or date.
You’ll notice that checked applications coincide with the ones you have on your iPhone, while unchecked ones can be checked to be virtually added to the digital iPhone interface. You can also uncheck apps you no longer want on your phone to have them instantly removed from the iPhone mock up.
Of course any and all changes won’t be made until you hit ‘Apply’ and sync your iPhone with iTunes.
Drag and Drop Apps
The real beauty of the new application management feature is the addition of an electronic model of your iPhone’s various screens, with proper pagination, and easy drag and drop functionality so that you can move apps around with speed and simplicity. You can even remove apps from your virtual iPhone, in the same manner that you would remove them from the physical version, by selecting an app and clicking the X.
You can configure your apps in any way you’d like by dragging them around on the current screen, or moving them from your existing view onto one of the screens in the right-hand column. You can also use the command key (use control key for PCs) to grab multiple apps to drag them all at once, or pick up a full page of apps and drag that up or down to alter page order. Changes are instantaneous, and don’t forget that you can select and deselect applications from the left-hand menu to add and remove them from your mock up. Pretty cool right?
Hit ‘Apply’ when you’re good and ready to apply your application changes to your actual iPhone, and you should be just a few minutes away from reaping the benefits of application management bliss.