On Sunday, I installed the 13.1 beta on my iPhone XS. One of the biggest surprises for me has been the quality of Apple Arcade. I was pretty jaded by the tedious on-stage demos during the September 10th event. But, Apple Arcade has some really fun games. Even for folks — like me — who rarely play games on their iPhone.
Not all the games clicked with me. Naturally, I went to delete them after a session or two of game play. Easy, right? Not so much. Apple made an “interesting” design decision for app deletion in iOS 13.
Now, when you long press on an app, iOS displays the Home Screen Actions menu. Before iOS 13, you accessed Home Screen Actions via 3D Touch. A long press would enable “jiggle” mode allowing you to rearrange or delete apps.
To delete apps in iOS 13, you tap and hold any app icon and tap “Rearrange Apps” from the Home Screen Actions menu. An odd choice by Apple. I have no intention of rearranging my apps. I want to delete a single app and leave everything else in it’s place. It took me a few tries to figure this out.
I can already hear the conspiracy theories attempting to reason why Apple made this decision. I don’t think those hold much weight. More likely, this is a poor design decision made from Apple; much like the first iteration of the FaceTime camera flip button in iOS 12. I hope Apple responds similarly and pushes an improvement in an iOS update later this year.
Updated September 20, 2019
Austin Lettow discovered another option, with even less affordance.
If you also long press the icon and start to drag it, it will initiate “jiggle” mode, but probably makes most sense when only rearranging— Austin Lettow (@adlettow) September 20, 2019