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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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 ...
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Why do the iPhone and iPad keyboards use different shades of gray for the keys and background?

I noticed when working with iPhone and iPad keyboards that they are quite a significantly different colour: Is there any particular reason for this?
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Suggestions for a touch UI used to book seats on a bus

I am trying to design the layout for a Bus Ticket Booking App. User is allowed to choose the seats he wishes to book. Below is the layout provided to us. I am looking for some inspiration and ...
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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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What's the default rotate symbol for iOs?

What's the default rotate symbol for iOs? Is it the second icon in this Instagram iPhone app screenshot? It doesn't look like a rotate symbol to me (more like a back or undo button).
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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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Detail disclosure button for non-iOS devices

On iOS devices, Apple uses a Detail disclosure button for additional details that are aside from the main list navigation. The image below is taken from the iOS HIG. Another example of this can be ...
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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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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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Why is the new Twitter menu bar on the bottom on iPhone?

Twitter recently released a complete redesign for all major platforms, in part the redesign has been made to unify the experience across platforms. But, because of this goal I couldn't help noticing ...
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Validating wizard-style form

I have a long sign up form with 16 fields. I've split that form into 3 steps by data category. User navigates through steps by pressing Back/Forward buttons. How should I approach the field ...
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Are there some sites that look and feel like an iOS interface?

I have one specific and rather strange question. Have you heard or saw a website that was designed to look like an application for iOS (iPhone, iPad)? Do you think that's a good idea? Note: this ...
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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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iPad UI: 2-Player Multi-touch Decisions Affecting Game Play

I am working on a game project that resulted from a summer game jam session. I had the "brilliant" idea to try and port the game to the iPad and I now find that I have painted myself into a corner so ...
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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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When to use Pull Down to Refresh and when to use a Refresh Button?

I'm building an iPhone app but I'm torn which type of refresh UI to use. I understand that pull down to refresh makes sense when you have things being added to the top of a list like twitter feeds. A ...
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Are there any examples of well designed applications on iPad with 3 column layouts?

I'm designing an iPad application and had an interest in a 3 column interface with 3 tableviews across the screen horizontally and I was wondering if this interface has been done anywhere well.
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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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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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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 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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What are some tools to monitor user interaction in mobile apps? [closed]

What tools and services are available for monitoring user interaction in a running mobile (iOS) app? Is there a way to monitor users taps, time spent in between taps etc?
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Differences between iOS GUI and Mac OS X GUI

I am trying to wrap my head around the design considerations one needs to take into consideration as one develops an application for both the desktop and iOS. What seems clear is that the design ...
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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 ...