Do you have too many apps on your iPhone? Well, Apple have released the most eagerly awaited Appelet of all time with the App App now available for download.
"There have been rumours and whispers of this app for some weeks now," said Paul Small, of App! magazine. "Forums and discussion boards have been rife with what Apple were going to produce."
Early indications indicate that this will be the most widely downloaded App from the Apple Store with first day sales of three and a half million.
"Basically," said Small, "this app allows you to group all your apps into various categories. However, it is more than the folder option. You can have the same app in several different categories, by clever use of tags. You can also set it to run apps in sequence, for those situations where you run several apps in turn."
There App App includes an intuitive search option to locate the desired app quickly and easily. Early adopters are claiming an increase in productivity of three hundred percent over not using the App App.
"It's now the only app on my screen," said Small. "I don't need to bother with any other apps."
It keeps a quick access list of all the recently used apps and a second, dynamic, list that notices what other apps are open, and choosing those apps that are often run with these to display.
"This is as big as the invention of the iPhone itself," said Small. "I cannot gush about it enough."
Future versions of the App App are already in the pipeline. Possible enhancements that have the iPhone community salivating are the context sensitive option, that knows where you are, and what kind of apps you might need in that location, such as the supermarket apps when you're in a supermarket, or GPS apps when driving.
"Everything is right at my fingertips already," said Small. "I have over seven hundred apps on my phone, and I can find what I need in seconds."
Apple were keen to patent the idea, only to discover prior art here.