iOS is a mobile phone and tablet operating system built by Apple, Inc. It is a light weight touch screen OS based on the Mac OS UNIX called Darwin.

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Pull-to-refresh and search bar

I have an iOS app that uses tables views. It also implements a pull-to-refresh model, which works very nicely. I now want to add the option to search that table view. Normally, I would just hide the ...
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Hamburger Menu - is it a good thing? [closed]

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 ...
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Should an iPhone application scroll to the top of a table when resorting

My application has a table view with a segmented control in a navigation bar. When the users taps a segment in the segmented control, the application fades the table into it's newly sorted state. The ...
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Is it necessary to use titles on the navigation bar of an iOS app, or could I get away with displaying the logo all the time?

Within my app there are several views accessible from a side navigation pull-out panel. Is it necessary to put the title in the navigation bar all the time?
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Best way to select quantity of items for an eCommerce mobile application?

I'm designing an e-commerce app, and I'm looking for some options for the best way to select the quantity of an item before adding to the cart The first (on the left) is when the user selects the ...
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Is Tab Bar based iOS Design for feed driven apps a better UX?

Working on a feed driven iOS application and wondering peoples thoughts on Tab Bar driven iOS design for feed based apps. There is a large amount of evidence that supports the well integrated use of ...
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Back Button Color in iOS

Why exactly is it that I'm not finding very many examples of a Back button being different color from the app background? Is there somekind of a rule in place? I proposed using a black Back button ...
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Designing an Advanced Search Control for iOS?

I'm working on iOS app and part of what I'm making is an advanced search interface. The default iOS search components allow for text entry and for a "scope bar". That is, a bar which allows you to ...
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Is it acceptable/good UX to use ios Segmented Control as a radio control?

I'm an ios developer by profession and was told of by a UX Architect for suggesting the use of the ios Segmented Control as a group of radio buttons. We have to present a mutually exclusive choice ...
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iPhone - popup dialog for user input: when it's worth using it?

I tried to ask this in another thread but, apperently, my scenario was covering the real question. So I try again here, addressing this specific issue. I noticed that, normally, popup dialogs in iOS ...
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What are the UX considerations/issues when porting an iOS app to Windows Phone?

I've noted the previous topics on Windows Phone 7 best practices and will be reading the suggested docs over several coffees this evening, but to help me on my way I'd appreciate any input you all may ...
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How should I design the guides in my iOS app?

In my app (sort of like a music-oriented PDF reader), there are a couple of basic PDF's describing features and what certain buttons do, but there isn't a full blown tutorial. Adding to that, I ...
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Looking up for an item in a list and different table styles in iOS

I have a settings view with a grouped table. One of the cells of such table is intended to show a very long list of items from where I want the user to select one. Due to the length of the list, I ...
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In RTL locales, should mobile application animations be reversed?

In mobile applications, it's common to drill down with the new view animating in from the right. Going back results in the opposing animation (from the left). These are analogous to turning a page. ...
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Best practice for overriding a pincode in a native iOS app?

I am working on the next version of an existing iPad app which has a pincode to lock admin functions. The current version has no means to override the pincode. We followed similar patterns and use ...
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Why aren't iPhone text messages at full width?

Why aren't text messages viewed on the iPhone iOS displayed at full width? I can think of several reasons why it would make sense: Short messages won't have unnecessary line breaks, long text ...
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Alternative to the tab bar (in iPhone app)

I have a project that has 8 different areas, e.g, travel, weather, etc. The front page is going to have 8 different icons; they will navigate to each section. I will then need something like a tab bar ...
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What is the best way to visually layout an element with 3 or 5 images

My problem is that I have an element in an iOS app that is represented with a variable number of images (2->5). For 2, 3 and 4 images simply using something like this works great. What would be the ...
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Startup screens: “Show this page at startup” vs. “Don't show this on startup”

I'm currently working on an iOS app where the user is presented with a startup screen until the user disables it. I am insisting that this startup screen should have an already ticked checkbox that ...
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Alternatives to More Tab Button in a UITabBar?

I am working on an iPad application that currently uses a UITabBar as the prevailing navigation element. The application has maxed out the number of buttons on the bar and is now forcing a More ...
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Ipad/Iphone designing in Full-Screen vs Non-Full-Screen?

I've noticed that most games are in full screen mode and some Apps have taken this on in design. Is there any research or argument for having an App in Full-Screen vs Non-Full-Screen? The only ...
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Designing an app for iPad / iPhone retina display

I am working for a client to develop an iOS app both for iPhone and iPad including for retina displays. The client is going to get the UX designs himself. We use the Apple's iOS Human Interface ...
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Using a TabBar with slide out side menu?

I'm working on designing the layout for an iPhone app which will contain three tabs. I'm trying to eliminate the tab bar if possible, but I'm not sure what my alternatives are. I'm considering a ...
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iOS - UIAlertView: When to use and when not to?

I've gone over Apple's Human Interface Guidelines and I think I've got a firm grasp when a UIAlertView should and shouldn't be used. Although I also wanted to get some feedback from other app ...
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iPhone table view filter with multiple controls

Assume we have a real-estate iPhone app which shows a list of properties in a table view. I would like to offer the user the ability to filter the list according to about 6-7 different criteria. ...
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Right amount of padding between buttons in a mobile app

I am designing a mobile app for both ipad and iphone. I have a navigation bar which has several buttons next to each other and an action bar that has several buttons next to each other. Is there a ...
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Pop-dialog usage on Android tablets

I am in the process of adapting a large application to taking advantage of Android 3.x features and introducing tablet type look and feel. One thing I am unclear about is what the usage recommendation ...
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Sorting photos in mobile app

We're currently developing an app for posting classified ads where the user is able to upload up to 10 photos per ad (from camera or library). The app will be available for Android and iOS (with ...
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Help find the fastest and easiest-to-grasp approach to let a user go through a complex schedule

I want to let users view schedules on a mobile phone. Its a generic schedule of events Events can be spread across multiple days Events can be spread across multiple venues An event has a time slot ...
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Merits of smaller less verbose keyboards for phones/mobile devices

Are there any merits to using a smaller and or possibly less verbose keyboard on mobile devices in certain scenarios? I was thinking possibly changing keyboards for logins or other areas where you ...
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How to solve/avoid “circular” navigation on an iOS app

Let's say I have an app that manages some items. An item can be "owned" by an user. I'll have these screens : List of items (A) Item detail page (B) User Detail page (C) I want to display ...
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Trying to build intuitive simple user interface for an iphone app

** UPDATED with picture Below is a simple mockup for a spending tracker mobile app (for frequent travelers) that i built. Each of the 3 gray boxes are inputs (name, amount, currency). A sample input ...
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When to show a lock screen (iOS mobile app)

I'm part of a team working for a client on a business iPhone app that has an optional 'passcode lock' feature. One of the screens shows a list of saved items that may contain sensitive information. ...
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Using audio vocals in iOS app tutorials in onboarding

I'm working on designing an onboarding tutorial for a audio based app. I've come up with a carousel with visuals and text to better describe what the app is, and give quick insight on top actionable ...
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disabling the zoom in functionality on an iPad due to fixed navigational elements

I have an iPad-specific website which has had the "zoom-in" feature disabled on it as I have horizontal and vertical fixed navigational elements that I do not want to go out of view. I would like to ...
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No scrollbars for scrollable controls on iPad & iPhone

When an element contains overflowing content, there is nothing that tells the user they can scroll to see more. They have to know to try the 2 finger swipe to see if anything moves. ...
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How to handle to iOS visitors to a Flash web app?

We're about to release a Flash based web app, and a significant minority of the visitors are likely to be using iOS devices, and thus of course unable to use it in their browser. Sadly a switch away ...
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iOS 7 top navigation bar text alignment

I'm working on an app that has 3 elements in the nav bar: a "back" button the title of the screen you are currently on a "logout" button, when you're logged in Now I have some problems regarding ...
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Where should ads be in iOS App?

I am finishing my iOS Application which includes Ads. In iOS, Apple recommend developers to put ads at the bottom or top of the window (View). Does the cash the developers create change if you put ...
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How to re-design an app's user interface?

I am new to the interaction design field, basically a student. I have an assignment where I need to research into topic about Interaction Design of applications for smartphones / tablets when you ...
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Should scrolling be disabled when there are no items to scroll to?

Assume a horizontal scrollview is being populated with 2 views, leaving 80% of the scroller empty. Should scrolling be disabled? Allowing the user to scroll makes the 2 views move without a purpose.
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Best way to ask user for large amount of data input on iPhone?

I have a question about designing the UX that requires a large amount of data to be entered by the user upon signing up for an app - needed as the app cannot function without this data - how can this ...
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Redundant navigation icons in iOS ap

One of our clients want to have on the home screen of their (iOS) app the same buttons that are on the bottom tab bar, we see that as redundant and not user friendly at all, is it acceptable to do so? ...
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Can I change the bottom navigation bar in an iOS app?

I have an application with three tabs on the bottom, as shown, that each bring up their own view within the scope of the 'main' part of the app, BUT, if I want to have separate but similar lists ...
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Introduction Screen Acceptable on Mobile?

I am making a calculator app that uses some new ideas for data manipulation. The details aren't important, only that the user needs to be taught new principles. Recently, there has been some talk ...
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iPhone - Password Forgotten - popup dialog or modal?

I have been struggling a little with this problem. I'll start introducing my case so to better explain my concerns. The scenario I'm dealing with is that of a password forgotten feature: I have a ...
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Should I be using zoom and pinch to resize user elements?

Is it a violation of the iOS Human Interface Guidelines (HIG)—or for that matter, of good UI design—to use pinch and zoom for the user to size elements on the screen, rather than the whole ...
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Best practice for log-in procedure in a conference-app [closed]

I'm preparing an app for a closed conference with log-in functionality. All the participants are on an email-list. How do other App's deal with the challenges around obtaining the initial ...
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Are <,> or “Previous,Next” buttons better for form navigation in iOS 7?

Before iOS 7 form navigation in iOS 6 Safari was handled by a "Previous,Next" segmented control just above the keyboard. But with iOS 7 they are replaced with arrows "<,>". However in the iOS ...
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Notification patterns in ios7

Are there any useful notification patterns in iOS7 for alerting users that an action (such as a download) completed successfully? A comparison would be Android's 'Toast' notification. I couldn't find ...