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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Map with ONLY Area Specific POIs - Where to Initially Zoom?

I am developing an iPhone application that uses data that is only relevant to NYC and the surrounding area. When the user loads the map initially should it: Zoom to a preset area (specifically, ...
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After switching to Safari, should I close a modal view or should I not?

I am creating an iOS app in which the user can tap an astronomical object. When this astronomical object is tapped a modal view slides up (from the bottom of the screen). This modal view provides the ...
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Are there turnkey services for simple usability testing of mobile apps, especially iOS?

For websites, usertesting and trymyui and others are setup to do quick user testing. Are there similar services for mobile applications?
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Constraining user actions in Maps API

I have an app which highly depends on maps. Should I allow the user to zoom in, pinch, and other things or should constraint it to only the current location. My application tracks the users location ...
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Ideas and/or research results on the best way to present a lengthy list of chapters

I'm looking for the best way to present a list of chapters on an iPhone. My first stab was to create a vertically scrolling table with a row for each chapter. For example, when showing the chapters of ...
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iOS lock screen has letters

The iPhone lock screen has letters under the numbers, which is weird for me, I'm not enabling any advanced lock screen which requires letters at all. The passcode is 4 digits. Why would apple add ...
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Best to say 'swipe up' or 'swipe down'?

I am building an app (iOS) which consists of paged tiles which the user has to pan through. My question: When I need to tell the user to move the content up to view the content below it, should I say ...
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In iOS, how to make “take photo” views feel more like the rest of the app?

The standard iOS "take a photo" view has its "navigation and action" bar at the bottom, unlike (almost) every other iOS view that has the navigation/action bar on top. I assume Apple broke ...
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'X'-close button on iPhone

The default way of dismissing views in iOS is with Cancel or Done. However in this view I think Cancel uses to much space, which is better given to the search bar. What is your opinion? Is using X ...
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What's the right UI idiom for seeing content obscured by a search bar keyboard?

I've got a situation where there's a list of items to search and a search bar to enter text. When the search bar has focus, the onscreen keyboard pops up. This looks like so: (Note that the list ...
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Photoshop Layer for Demonstrating Gestures on iOS

I'm building demonstration screenshots of how to use an app and would love to be able to show tap, drag, pinch, and zoom events. This video shows some really good ones: http://vimeo.com/19347629 ...
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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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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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Change the UI design step by step or at one go?

There is an iOS app which has been on the app store for several years and there are several hundreds of active users. A proposal has been made to revamp the entire UI from scratch. The end result will ...
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Cancel button in iOS popup menus

Are there any guidelines as to whether the Cancel button in iOS pop-ups should be at the very top of the popup menu or bottom? Which is the correct one from below examples:
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iPhone Incoming Call UI

Why is there a disparity between the 2 Incoming Call UIs? When it is locked, you have to slide from left to right. When unlocked, you have to tap on the button on the right hand side. So, ...
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iPad horizontal swipe

We're having a debate on the direction a user ought to swipe to get to the next asset. Each screen is self-contained information. Should the user swipe to the right ----> to access the previous asset ...
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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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Long press (press & hold) gesture in iOS app

I was wondering if this gesture is as commonly found in iPhone and iPad as in Android apps, or if it is more used in iPad than in iPhone or vice versa. I personally don't use this gesture very ...
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iPad Calculator App Portrait Only?

I am making a calculator app for the iPad. I would like to know if it would be acceptable to most users (the golden 80% rule) for the calculator to be locked in portrait.
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Do smartphone users understand the term 'Push Notifications'?

We're including opt-in (on/off) for push notifications in an app, and I've heard feedback from project managers that some of the language might be too technical for the average shopper, like 'Push ...
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What is the best approach to labelling text input fields on smartphone application forms?

Platform: iOS. Must be able to run on all (probably most) iphone devices. As part of a smartphone application design, I am currently designing an "event creation" form, originally implemented in a ...
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What are the possible channels and methods for sharing content with only one person from an iPhone app?

I'm working on an iPhone app that will allow users to create a "book" and share it with a friend. For the most part, I anticipate users will only share each book with one person. It seems most ...
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Is a popover that opens from a tab bar good practice in an iOS app?

I have an iPad tab bar app and I want a popover to open when tapping one of the tabs. Is this good practice or should I avoid it? For example, the bottom tab bar displays the following items: my ...
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iPhone app: fl oz and ml depending on region

I am making caffeine tracking app. Measuring unit is very important for my app. At first I decided to make it as powerful as possible, so on very top of the screen I put control for switching between ...
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iOS Color Picker User Experience

I'm creating an iOS game that allows the user to customize different parts of the main character with a color picker of three sliders. I'm wondering which would be better for the user experience, HSB ...
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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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iOS navigation bar buttons design considerations

I have some questions regarding the buttons placed in a navigation bar that I don't know if actually meet the iOS Human Interface Guidelines: 1) I'll need a button at the right side of the nav bar ...
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“Rate Us” dialog effectivness

On mobile apps, where/When is the best time to popup this "Rate Us" dialog? I know that it may change from game to game, but is there any statistics out there?
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iOS multi-step form and user input validation

I need to design a form that may consist of 3 or 4 steps, all of them requesting both mandatory and optional data. The overall form contains a lot of data inputs, so I thought it would be better to ...
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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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Better way to do drill-down selection in iOS?

I show a UIPickerView with a list of options: Vegetables, Fruits, Greetings, Shopping When selecting any of the above options, will show another UIPickerView with options like (if we have ...
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How to edit only one list in a split list view?

I'm helping out developing an iPhone app that enables access to a lot of list items of data. On the start screen, the user can dig into the list items through either predefined category shortcuts or ...
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Where to put 'Home' button in iOS UINavigationController

I'm currently working on an iPhone App that uses the UINavigationController as a means for navigating throughout the App. The navigation-stack can go fairly deep, so It's quite a hassle for the user ...
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Where should I place the “Actions” button?

I'm building an iOS application aiming to let user create meetings and wait for some participants. Basically, when the user is on the meetings list page, he can click to open a specific one. ...
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iOS: Alternatives to UITabBarController

I do have an iPhone and iPad native application that mainly consists in a login screen after which comes a UITabBarController with 5 options/parts. My problem now is that I am about to include new ...
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iPhone vs. iPad Apps

I am trying to create an iPad app using the existing iPhone app design. I would like to know what kind of differences should I introduce in the app design as to suit it for the bigger iPad screen. I ...
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Migrating a Tab Bar iPhone app to iPad

I have an iPhone app whose overall UI is designed like this: That is, a tab bar and different app perspectives within each tab item, and you can navigate to different views from within a tab. I ...
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Placement of 'Cancel/Done/Home'-Button on iPhone modal view

I have a modal view in my iPhone app including a navigation bar with two buttons on the root view controller. A a button to dismiss the screen, also not sure which title to use calling it now the ...
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iPhone button on screen with table view: last row or outside table?

I have a table view that's showing attributes of a record, very much like Edit Info screen in the iOS Contacts app. Also like that screen, I'd like to show a "Delete Record" button at the bottom. It ...
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iOS grouped or normal tableview for categories

So I have tableview where I got different categories for huge amount of items. Would it make more sense to put the categories in grouped tableview or in a normal, or does it matter at all?
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iPad UI for selecting and configuring from many available options

I've had this rattling around in my brain for the last couple days, but I can't seem to come up with a smooth UX for this. I'm building a stock graphing application. Included are around 300ish ...
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Best Way to Switch Between Basic and Advanced App Settings

In my iOS app, I intend to have two types of settings - Basic and Advanced. The Basic settings essentially summarize the more granular 10-11 advanced settings into 3-4 different themes, so most users ...
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How should I adapt for Assistive Touch in iOS

This article reports that users avoid pressing the home button on an unfounded rumor that using the home button will cause the phone to break. What alterations should I make to accommodate this ...
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iOS7 and the shift key

I didn't notice this until someone pointed it out: Apple's shift key doesn't help it's users know whether it is active or not (I didn't notice it, but apparently a lot of people did and there was this ...
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Should I still use Cover Flow?

I want to create an app for iOS sending (virtual) greeting cards to other users. Since the app is iOS only I thought about using a Cover Flow like representation of the various cards to provide a ...
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Including interaction on a graph

I'm doing some design work for a client on an iOS app and I've got a question about adding interactivity to a graph. It's a wine app and the idea is a user answers some questions and the app creates ...
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Is there a standard for informing users about SSL/HTTPS on Android/iOS?

On a standard web browser it's very easy to see how your data is being transferred to servers via the padlock icon and tools like Firebug or Chrome dev can give you the information for things like ...
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Are the majority of Mobile Users familiar with the meaning of their platforms' “share / action” icons?

I have a hunch that this is a bit like double-clicking the home button on iOS, in that only the minority of tech-savvy users know about it. Successful apps that involve sharing as a core feature ...
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What is the most appropriate opposite of “Select All”?

Is it more appropriate to use "Deselect All" or "Select None" or some other phrase to indicate the opposite of "Select All"? Context: A toggle button in an iOS app UIToolbar that will select all ...