I agree with Hunter in the update that opening a folder is easier than opening a cluttered and often slow app. But I also agree with Josh that Apple’s folder design could use some work.
Because the icons in folders are so tiny, they all basically look the same and I’m forced to search to remember what I put where (not the worst option, but still). A better option may be to let you select four key app icon images to equally fill the folder square (think something like the “Key Photo” in iPhoto, but more than one so it’s clear that it isn’t just that app). Or maybe it could cycle through the app icons in the folder slowly while maintaining the outer gray ring to show that it’s a folder and not the app…
Not sure what the right answer is.
I like the idea of a “key image” for each folder, but count me out on rotating images on the home screen.
Should the weather app update to reflect current local conditions a few times a day? Sure, that’s an obvious one, but other than that, I don’t look forward to the busy home screens that do many android devices have now. Widgets are something I never used on the Mac, and I don’t think I want them on mobile.