It seems that to accommodate widgets on the homescreen, Apple’s removed the ability to make homescreen app icons dense. As a result, apps seem to be given the same space as small widgets. It looks a little silly:
I find it funny how difficult iOS/iPadOS homescreen design has been for Apple. Android has long been superior on this front, and while recent iOS updates have narrowed the gap, it’s still quite a vast gap.
I hope that iOS’s increasing customizability is somewhat contributing to the iPhone’s recently-growing market share, and in turn, we’ll see Apple continue to flex on what users are allowed to do with their phones. We don’t need your paternalistic insistence on symmetry, Apple! Let us make things you think are ugly!
edit: now with a working image, because my iCloud Photos hack was a lie