I've always been doubtful about the "Hamburger menu" in iOS apps. That is, until recently. I now think it's a really terrible device that used as just a lazy way out when you can't think of where to put stuff.
For those who don't know what I'm talking about... What is this side menu called that can be found in many multi-touch apps, and where does it originate from?
The more I see it the more I think it's just a dumping ground for miscellaneous items in apps.
It's a place that designers go to when they don't know where to put stuff in the app.
Take a look at any Apple app. None of them uses a Hamburger Menu.
Take a look here... http://www.agant.com/apps.php an array of amazing and interesting apps with top notch design... not a hamburger menu in sight.
Another example just sent to me http://tapways.com
If something doesn't deserve to have pride of place in your app then it shouldn't be there at all. Don't just stuff it into a hamburger menu.
There was a quote from WWDC 2013 about "Designing great apps". The guy said something like...
Find out what the primary function of your app is. Then list the secondary functions and the tertiary functions.
Make the primary function visible as soon as the app starts up. Make it look nice and make it engaging.
Put the secondary functions only a few taps away but don't make them detract from the primary function.
For the tertiary functions try to find a way to write them out of the app. Are they absolutely necessary?
I agree with this 100%. In my view the hamburger menu is a placeholder for these tertiary functions. It shouldn't exist. Apple didn't create it. Apple doesn't use it. Why should we?