[Ionic 3] ion-tabs - what's the correct way to use them?

Why are ion-tabs designed in a way that the tabs bar cannot be placed inside of a header or a footer?

  • That would allow people to easily create subheaders and subfooters on either side of the tabs bar.
  • That would immediately solve the tabsPlacement=“top” problem where the ios-status-bar overlaps the tabs.

I must be looking at tabs the wrong way. I would love to know if I’m expecting too much from them, using them wrong, or just bad at this and missing something simple.

For now I’ll stop using tabs and start using segments.