The iPhone’s home screen used to rotate when the device was turned on its side, but this feature was removed in recent versions of the iOS operating system. There are a few reasons why this feature was removed:
- User preference: Not all users preferred the home screen to rotate, and some found it confusing or distracting. By removing the rotation feature, Apple can cater to the majority of its users who prefer a fixed home screen.
- Consistency: With the removal of the rotation feature, the home screen now behaves consistently with other apps, which do not rotate when the device is turned on its side. This makes the iPhone more intuitive and user-friendly.
- Battery life: Rotating the home screen requires additional processing power, which can drain the battery faster. By removing this feature, Apple can help to improve the battery life of the iPhone.
- Design: With the increasing screen size of the iPhone, the use of the bigger screen real estate, and with the introduction of the Notch, the design of the home screen was changed to take advantage of the larger screen and the notch so the rotation feature is not necessary anymore.
- User interface: With the removal of the rotation feature, the home screen remains in a fixed portrait orientation, allowing for a more consistent and predictable user interface.