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Should apps' design evolve according to the OS version?

In iOS 7, Apple revamped the whole OS's look and feel. Removing a lot of gloss and 3D stylistic elements. Does this mean that the apps built for iOS 7 must change as well to match this new style? ...
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Why do mobile apps use animated transitions?

So many mobile apps are using animated transitions (much like the web was using flash animations in the early 2000s). In a desktop internet browser, clicking a link on a web page takes you to the the ...
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When is tapping back out of a deep hierarchy in mobile apps too much?

Are there any studies to measure frustration when tapping back multiple times to get out of a hierarchy? I ask because I am evaluating the most appropriate way to navigate a complex menu application. ...
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Why do we need a friend/follower count?

I am working on a mobile app that will have a friends and follower feature. Should a user's profile page display how many friends they have and how many people are following them? What advantages ...
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Handle Push Notification when app is in foreground

Let's imagine i'm building a football gamblers app. In my app the user can "follow" the game that is currently "active" (The closest game that the user has gambled on). The main screen will show the ...
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Why does the iOs Contacts app feature both a Quick search field and a alphabetical annotated scrollbar?

The Contacts view on iOS consists of a Quick search filter field, the contact list itself and an annotated scrolllbar that lets people jump directly to specific letters. To me the annotated ...
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How important is it to follow the iOS way of design when creating an app?

I'm having an discussion with a customer and their 3rd party design company (let's call them X). X is developing a native app for iOS and Android using Webview to show webpages delivered by me. My ...
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App drawer - does side matter?

I designed an app and would like advice on the side drawer. You almost always see it placed on the left side of the app. Have there been any references or studies on what happens if it's placed on the ...
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How could one prevent drunk users from using a mobile application?

Consider a mobile application which for some reason needs to prevent drunk users from using it (e.g. to avoid dreaded "drunk dials" or "drunk texts"). How could "sober authentication" be executed from ...
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How best to display a picture comparison in IOS?

SO I want to allow my user to compare two pictures and decide between one or the other through a thumbs up/down. I also have a list of these, so there are multiple 'cards' with this comparison and my ...
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How should I indicate that a status bar item is tappable?

My app adds an icon to the iOS status menu that shows the status of the task that my app carries out. The item goes green when the progress is running, orange when paused, and red to indicate ...
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Denote different color schemes in a list setting iOS

In my app, a person can have a variable amount of lists they've created. Each of these lists can have their very own color scheme. In the view where all the lists are shown that the user has created, ...
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Should I resume a scroll view to last viewed location or last intended location?

As with many apps, I have a scroll view for data. This data can be scrolled normally, and as with almost all scroll views like this, it has the ability for inertia scrolling — to keep scrolling once a ...
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Multiple ways to add an entry?

In my app, I have multiple ways to add an entry to a list. I have the plus button at the top right, like in this picture: The user has three ways to add an entry to the list. However, the plus ...
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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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A new contact should be added to the top or to the bottom of the contact list? [duplicate]

If you have a contact list, and add a contact to that list, where should the icon of the new contact be added: to the top or the bottom of the list? The contact list does not follow an exact order, ...
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Several buttons in navbar on iOS

I'm currently working on a app that basically follows Apple's HIG with title, back button and an additional button in navbar on all pages, but it's where my questions start. It is a search/browse ...
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Improving the “request seat” page for taxi sharing application

A taxi sharing application that I'm working on as part of a university project has a "request seat" option. I've spent the afternoon working on the interface (arguably the most important UI element of ...
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How can I deal with many buttons in a scope bar?

I am looking for a UI way to deal with more title buttons than one can put in a scope bar. All of the screenshot/examples I see only deal with 3 or 4 options. What if I have 10?
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Approach for designing iOS themed icons representing ranks

I am creating an educational web app for a desktop browser that looks similar to an iPhone app using the default web stack composed of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. I am wondering if it would be more ...
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Optimal button placement on top bar of mobile application

What is the optimal placement for buttons on the top bar of a mobile application (on the profile screen)? Currently I have a Home button on the top left section and a Search & Find Friend ...
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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 ...
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Tab Bar Within Navigation Controller in iOS App

It seems that placing a tab bar within a navigation controller is a bit unkosher and maybe a bad idea in most cases. But I am still considering doing it my app might be a special case. I am putting ...
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Is using an UITabBar as a menu in iOS a good option?

I am currently using a UIPopoverController to display my menu on the home screen. I have the following options: Share button Go to View 2 Go to About View I'm planning to use a UITabBar instead of ...
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Modal view for iPad in iOS 7

Does anyone know how modal views will be on the iPad once iOS 7 comes out? I have a button on the screen that triggers a login-type form. On the iPhone a normal modal or pull-up view works great but ...
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iOS App Logging In - Tell the user we're downloading X, Y, Z?

So I've got an iOS app that I'm working on which needs to reach out to a server and pull down a few pieces of data to populate throughout the app. Option1: Is it good UX to tell the user I'm ...
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Positioning Enter/Backspace Keys on a Numpad

I'm currently designing a custom numpad for an app but am somewhat uncertain of positioning between the backspace and return button. Taking into consideration user behavior and overall accessibility, ...
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What is the suggested width and recommended touch size of the iOS 7 A-Z / “rolodex” nav (and what does Apple call it!?)

I'm wondering: if there were to be a button (such as a "detail disclosure" button ) directly to the left of the A-Z navigation/slider, how much space would need to be between the two? In other ...
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Where should a UIButton be to add cells to a tableView?

I have a limited amount of space in a new options menu I designed (much like a combination of twitter's scrollViewTexturedBackGround colored table, with notification center's custom headers, and ...
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Display Items in 2-Dimensional Grid by Row or by Column?

I need to display a number of Contacts in a grid and they sorted by name. Should they flow from left to right in rows? Or from top to bottom in columns? Although my examples don't illustrate it, ...
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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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Pattern for geolocation

I need to design geolocation in an app. This app allows to search in two ways: textual search, by inserting the address; or geolocation search, knowing the user's position and showing it in a map. I ...
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Has iOS 7 changed the appearance of radio buttons?

I am doing the final tests of styles on a website we are launching, and trying it out on iOS 7 I noticed something - In our forms with radio buttons, they are showing like checkboxes - That is, the ...
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mobile input feedback design pattern

I am creating email verification in IOS and want to assist the user with verifying they have entered the correct email address before sending confirmation. Some app use an instant input feedback with ...
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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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What are the main contributions of Apple Inc. in the advancement of user interfaces in the last 10 years? [closed]

I often hear people saying "apple has pushed forward the development of usable interfaces", "apple products are examples for great usability" and so on. My question is: is this a proven fact? And if ...
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Should an iOS app ad show the minimum iOS version and/or the minimum device required?

I was asked what the minimum requirements of the app are from our marketing team. What do they need from an user experience perspective: The minimum iOS version required (iOS 6.1) The minimum ...
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What is the best way to have an always accessible screen on iPad?

I'm building an iPad app that has a slide out menu with several sections that can be drilled down. Just a generic iPad app. However, there is a screen (let's call it Screen AA) that I would like to ...
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Optional 'free text' search in a primarily category based search

Our search UI allows users to search across multiple categories: Day, Type, Area, etc. Each selected criteria is ANDed. We also allow a free-text search option, however we expect this to be a rarer ...
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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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Going mobile : porting complex forms with logic

we are preparing a mobile version of our system (will be native iOS app). The system uses complex forms with many rules that allow/disallow saving. I'll try to explain this on the example of ...
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iOS 7 Safari and footer buttons

I'm working on a mobile website and with the release of Safari on iOS 7 I'm having the following issue. The website sometimes shows save/cancel buttons positioned at the bottom of the visible window. ...
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Designing the view for a routing functionality in iPhone

I need help with the layout of the view where I show a map intended to provide users the possibility of selecting an start and an end of a route and display them the instructions to follow. The ...
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Is it a good idea to have your main actions as swipe gestures?

Would it be a good idea to have swipe gestures (such as swipe left to delete and swipe right to archive - mailbox app is a good example) responsible for your app's main tasks? A lot of not so techy ...
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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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iOS UICollectionView: How to show there's hidden cells

I have a UICollectionView, which I have set to having a single row and then the user can scroll horizontally to see any cells that aren't visible on the screen (to save space). What is the best way ...
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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 slide-out navigation for multi-level menus?

I have iOS language learning software where I use a UISplitViewController (Master/Detail) in landscape mode. At the top level, I have items such as (Study, Quiz, Dictionary, Hangman, etc.) Some ...
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Do iOS application icons need to be updated for iOS 7?

as a graphic designer, would an application icon need to be updated to match the simplicity and flat UI of iOS 7? Do you think this would contribute to the UX overall?
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How to handle “Facebook style” slide in / fly in / side navigation menu in iOS7?

With the recent announcement of iOS 7 a new system wide slide from left edge to right gesture to go back has been introduced. This appears to affect applications that use navigation controllers. When ...