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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iOS: table view “Close”, “Edit” and “+” button placement in a navigation bar

There seems to exist some ambiguity when a table-based, multiple-item view needs to combine navigation ("Close"/"Back"), editing mode switching ("Edit") and aggregation ("+"/"Add") in a single ...
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Where can I find an official set of iOS (specifically iPad) icons and stencil sets? [closed]

Android have an official set of icons, fonts, colours and stencils, that can be downloaded from their website. However, I have come to design for iPad and I can't find an official download. Do I need ...
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iPhone Dropdown Menu element

Designing mobile applications is something I find extremely interesting, but I have recently become more interested in the UI element of a drop down menu for IOS applications. It does seem to always ...
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Mobile App Using Notifications for Marketing — What are the choices?

I was watching a webinar that explained some ways to market application upgrades and other applications produced by the same publisher. I didn't pay the massive price to get their kit, but I would ...
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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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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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Navigation bar vs toolbar in iPad and related controls

I'm getting a bit confused with navigation bars and toolbars when migrating from iPhone to iPad, since toolbars in iPad seem to be moved to the top, as described in iOS Human Interface Guidelines, so ...
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Map with tappable neighborhoods vs. list of neighborhoods in iPhone app

I'm designing an iPhone app which gives users the option to filter by neighborhoods and I'm considering giving users the option to select neighborhoods from a list as well as by tapping on ...
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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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Back button or Cancel/Save when calling server is necessary

Here we have a settings screen that appears from a sliding view. You tap "Messaging" and the following modal shows up: In order to avoid the complexity involved with synchronizing settings every ...
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What percent of users use iCloud or iCloud + Keychain? (Handoff and Safari SSO experience)

I am trying to prioritize the R&D and Q/A for the following Apple iOS features: Handoff (Sharing current documents among active devices) Keychain (Where a password in Safari can be saved ...
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Allow user to manipulate objects in 3d space using touch screen

Our app Iyan 3d, lets user to create 3d animation using their Touchscreen Mobile devices. We are targeting the casual market so we are trying to find the easiest way to allow users manipulate ...
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Wizard pattern on IOS: Layout guidelines

I want to build an app for android and iOS that uses a five-step wizard to create an asset. Are there any established design patterns for tablets for a wizard pattern of this sort? I was thinking ...
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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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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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What are some unique ways to say “no data available”?

What is a good message to put for "No data available"?, Currently I include something as below. Is it good? to be specific the posts are in timeline format. I Include Sad Face on top of the view: Is ...
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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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Is it OK to use hamburger menus in iOS?

So, I have about 7 actions users may need in my app, and I have to use text instead of icons because it is a customer requirement. I can add only 3 actions to my toolbar on iPhone 6. On Android you ...
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What is the iOS alternative to a radio button?

There is a radio button in android and WEB but what is the best alternative in iOS? And please don't say segmented control becuase it's not working in my case. The case is a list of items 3-6 which ...
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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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What are best practices for deciding when to use native iOS UI elements or when to build custom ones?

I know some interactions and content are far too complicated to apply to a default iOS UI element - but when it comes to ones that could go either way, what are the best practices in making a ...
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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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“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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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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What is the default typography for UINavigationBar in IOS 7? [closed]

I know the font is either HelveticaNeue-Light or HelveticaNeue-Medium, but which is it? What is also the font size?
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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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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 ...