You mean position the app icons in alphabetical order?
If so, yes, bu not automatically. You can manually arrange the apps in any order you want, either on the device or in iTunes.
Clearly, it was a deliberate design decision not to facilitate automatic sorting of apps on the iPad home screens.
Can anyone help me understand why automatic sorting was deemed unnecessary? Please tell me: How do you find things? Do you always use Spotlight, or do you find yourself continually organizing into folders? Or do you use your iPad for one or two purposes and, so, don't need automatic sorting?
Unfortunately I can not speak with Apples choice to not include automatic sorting (though there is a suggestions form you can fill out and send to them) but I tend to cluster my applications in folders (photo editing, word processing, camera apps, etc) and usually there are no more than 7-10 apps per folder. I tend to remember them more on their icons than on the names themselves to be honest.
Sorry for the slow response. Thank you for the practical guidance, which I've implemented. I still don't understand Apple's design decision and can't reconcile their goal of simplicity vs. flexibility. If I want to recast the organization of apps, my only choice is manual or reset. But reset undoes all folders. It appears that iPad, like Kindle Fire, is deliberately and arbitrarily intended as a content delivery and sales mechanism. Why would they effectively throttle usage? We're in an early inning of Internet evolution. Apple mimics the old Microsoft by attempting to restrict usage to items it wants to sell us. Repeatedly, we've seen this short-sighted and somewhat arrogant approach fail because it drives users to those mechanism that encourage innovation. I don't get. Anyway, I'm grateful for your response. No reply necessary.