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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Mobile UX prototyping tools in the classroom [closed]

(I know this sounds like a repeat question, but I am asking this specifically for a classroom context and I have some specific needs (other than "free") that I feel sets this question apart. Please ...
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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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iOS Table View - How to divide/filter different data

I'm wondering what the preferred choice would be to divide/filter data in an iOS Table View. The two options I have thought of are: Use sections in the Table View Use a Segmented Control I believe ...
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Should I lock to portrait my iOS app?

I'm developing a "reading" app for iOS. I'm wondering if it's useful to have the app running both on portrait and landscape mode. As a reader I usually keep books (or my kindle, or my iPhone browser, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is a dynamic alternative to UITableView? [closed]

Ok, so I have a normal viewController that has a UIScrollView in it that gives details about distilleries. What I wanted to do was have a list of spirits that are distilled at the distillery that they ...
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Navigation-back button and/or Cancel button in upper-left corner of iOS data entry screen?

I have an iOS screen that is usually used for data entry but is occasionally used to later view the data that's been entered. For data entry, it seems like the iOS convention (e.g. stock email app) ...
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Why does iOS (iPhone) flip to show the home screen when installing apps?

When you click to install or update an app in iOS (iPhone or iPad) it exits from the app store and shows the apps installing on the home screen. This differs from Android where the confirmation that ...
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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's the proper iOS UI for switching between 2 views?

There two different screens, Live and Leaderboard, and I need to switch between them. Is there any sort of iOS standard for handling the UI for that? Right now I've just got a button at the top ...
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Do spinner-based date pickers on iOS & Android detract from the user's experience?

Generally speaking, the rule of thumb on mobile devices is to follow the platform conventions, and that native controls are almost always better than custom UIs. However, I'm at a loss as to whether ...
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Is spacing between touch targets an unnecessary recommendation by Microsoft?

A recent Microsoft IE10 blogpost gave general guidelines for building touch friendly sites suggesting two rules for touch targets: Target size Margin between targets Apple's iOS guidance only ...
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wizard pattern on iOS - should I use navigation controller?

I am building an app where user can send a message to his contacts. User must be able to set some settings on this message (like color, font size,...). I was thinking of using 3 screens: enters the ...
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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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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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Organising vehicle categories screen?

Currently working on a taxi app and need to organise the vehicles into categories. The user will need to be able to quickly select their desired vehicle while showing passengers & luggage for each ...
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Custom rating slider

I have made a custom interface object to handle user rating in a take-away app I am currently building. But I am not sure if it's intuitive enough in its form. Q : Would you understand an object ...
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How many elements are too many for one screen of a mobile (iOS/Android) application?

Without scrolling, what would be the maximum amount of centered buttons I could arrange on a vertical axis before it became too cluttered? Interface Builder gives suggested distances between ...
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Need help Displaying an Elimination Chart on a small display (iPhone/Android/etc..)

I'm building an Application for mobile device that needs to display an Elimination Bracket for a tournament (16, 8, 4, 2, 1) I haven't seen any application doing something similar and I'm "jammed" ...
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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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Should I hide the tab bar on iOS when I'm creating a new item?

Background I'm building an application with a tab bar at the bottom showing two different object types - for example, buildings and trucks. Each of these tabs shows buildings and trucks in separate ...
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iPad cancel button in multiple line fields

I have a text field that starts out as one line and can sometimes expand to multiple lines. When it's one line I'd like to have a cancel button in it like this: (Enter text here X), but I'm not ...
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How to request that two out of three fields need to be populated in a mobile search app

I am developing a new iOS app and I need to let the user commit a search where three fields are shown. a group name (development, marketing etc.) member name project name the search should be ...
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Making clicks meaningful on iPad

As a web designer building a shopping cart for the iPad, I find the lack of down and click states difficult. What's a good way without raising a confirmation pop up or something terrible and ugly to ...
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How to list items with variants in an iOS Table View?

I'm looking for an elegant way to show a list of items in a Table View, where most (not all) items will have 2 variants. If I lay the items out as is (with A and B represented by icons): ...
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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 can I design a UI for iOS with a diamond shaped drill down interface?

I have a basic drill down interface for iOS devices. A -> B -> C -> D The problem is that the following interface would work equally well: A -> C -> B -> D What I need is some kind of diamond ...
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How to use picker wheel in ipad [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best drop down options for iOS? Which is the best usability method of using the picker wheel for ipad, bottom(full view) or bottom (middle view), pop up picker view? ...
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Best drop down options for iOS? [closed]

Which is the best drop down options for iPad and iPhone devices? Picker Wheel Actionsheet Something else?
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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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What icon can I use to represent Facebook share action for iOS? [closed]

I am now working on the interface for iPad app where one of the most frequently used feature is "Share to Facebook". I am wondering what would be the best way to represent this action. Most of the ...
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Large list with editable items in Android/IOS

I have a scenario where there are around 50 - 100 items in a list. Each list item has 6 editable fields (Boolean, Boolean, Dropdown, Integer , Float, Float). How can I display such a list in ...
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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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Indicating A Document Has Been Drawn On

Imagine layed out in front of you is a large board with little white pieces of paper representing the cover pages of system files on them. You are shown a title, and a modification date. How might ...
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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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What are the functional advantages of disabling user access to the filesystem on the iPad?

It is not possible for users to access the filesystem on the iPad since this access is not permitted on devices running iOS. How is the function of the iPad improved by preventing users from ...
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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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Should Android and iPhone UI be different?

I'm not completely new to developing apps, but I'm at a point where I'm trying to develop something and deploy it on several mobile platforms. To only concentrate on two major ones, suppose I'm ...
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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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Should I put an alert view notifying the user of a successful wall post with the Facebook SDK in iPhone?

I am currently developing an iPhone app that connects to Facebook trough its SDK. One of the main functionalities is the option to share a post with a news story from the feed. So basically I show ...
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Are “submit” buttons important for forms on iPhone and Android apps?

When inputting text on the last text field in a form on an iPhone and Android app, the enter key can be highlighted or (on iOS anyway) renamed "done", so that tapping it will submit the form. ...
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How should I indicate an added row of buttons above the iPad's keyboard is scrollable?

In my iOS app, I have an extra toolbar that appears above the keyboard, using the same style of buttons as the keyboard. This toolbar is horizontally scrollable. Currently, in all devices and ...
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Do I need to design four different apps for Android, iOS, smartphones, or have one common design?

I have to start designing for an app which will be used by Android & IOS users both on Smartphones and Tablets. Do I need to design four different apps or have one common design and then ...
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Why do some custom iOS apps use the native nav bar?

I'm talking about Instagram or Foursquare, they are custom designed but still are using default themed menu bar for navigation. Is there some dirty secret behind it?
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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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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 ...