The iPad is the first tablet computer developed by Apple Inc. Announced January 27, 2010, it's part of a device category between a smartphone and a laptop computer.

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Designing for the iPad

I'd like to make my site accessible to people that have the iPad or other iOS devices. What considerations do I need to take into account when designing a user interface that is compatible with the ...
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iPad/iPhone alternative for hover states

I've recently updated my personal portfolio with some CSS3 and jQuery magic. I'm extremely pleased with the results and yes, it's fully responsive. But i have an issue. I've structured my portfolio ...
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Best practice for translating context menu options to touch devices?

I'm building a photo site that must allow users to manage thousands of photos via paged thumbnails on a big desktop. I also want to offer a touch interface that is both usable and delightful on the ...
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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 can I provide more detail for a UI element when “mouse over” functionality is unavailable?

I have a game for the iPad and there's no "mouse entered" or "mouse hover" functionality on that platform. Within my game I have a hotbar or skill bar like below. Typically a game that uses such ...
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iPhone/iPad: Do people use landscape mode?

I noticed that I nearly never use landscape mode except when I have to (apps with fixed orientation) or when watching videos. But of course I don't want to consult customers based on my own behavior. ...
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Drag and Drop with scrolling on tablets

I'm currently facing a design problem with drag and drop on tablets. Scenario: The screen is split in half, on the right side, I have a list of items and on the left side I have a list of boxes. I ...
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iOS Settings Standards: Using Checkbox Rather Than Switch

If you are familiar with iOS devices, you know that the settings application uses the UISwitch control to show that a parameter is enabled or disabled. This control appears as a toggle switch and even ...
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Where should navigation go for a linear process?

I'm working on a iPad project with a linear process. At the moment I have a 'link' style navigation sat at the top in the 'navigation bar'. I've been doing some early test and the verdict is ...
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What should I keep in mind while designing an iPad kiosk application?

I am designing an iPad application that will be used in a kiosk. The user will not download the application from the Appstore but will instead walk up to the iPad with the application already running. ...
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Accessibility for touch screen devices (e.g. iPad, iPhone)

By touch screen, I mean things like the iPhone and iPad. How are touch screen devices being made accessible? Are there any development guidelines that should be adhered to? Could a blind person ...
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Menu tray + Back button on mobile: any reason why this shouldn't work?

I am trying to understand if there is any issue linked to the presence on the same interface of a menu-tray icon (top nav-bar) and a back button. This design will affect both iPad and iPhone. Is ...
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How should I resolve the issue of smaller tappable area due to smaller buttons on iPad mini?

Now that iPad mini has been released, is there anything an UI designer needs to look out for? I understand that the resolution and screen ratio remains the same, and I've been hearing that no change ...
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Is there any HTML5 or Javascript based Wireframing tool which can work on iPad? [closed]

I want to keep my ipad with me to show my ideas to client because laptop is heavy and I think iPad can do this. Is there any HTML5 or Javascript based Wireframing tool which can work on iPad and can ...
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Modal views vs popovers in iPad

I'm transitioning from an iPhone app to iPad, in the iPhone version I have a view hierarchy similar to this: That is, an UITableView, while tapping on a cell the app navigates to another view with ...
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Difference between android and ipad application

What are the key factors which makes an app more of android or iPad specific. Would like to hear about usability part of it also.
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Is it acceptable/good UX to use ios Segmented Control as a radio control?

I'm an ios developer by profession and was told of by a UX Architect for suggesting the use of the ios Segmented Control as a group of radio buttons. We have to present a mutually exclusive choice ...
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iPad app UI help

I'm making an iPad app that, for our purposes here, runs a slideshow and has a settings panel to configure the various slides. The app uses various templates for the slides and as such must have an ...
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Best practice for overriding a pincode in a native iOS app?

I am working on the next version of an existing iPad app which has a pincode to lock admin functions. The current version has no means to override the pincode. We followed similar patterns and use ...
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Is it good to make different website for Desktop and iPad?

Is it good to make different website for Desktop and iPad? or same site is more better?
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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/Iphone designing in Full-Screen vs Non-Full-Screen?

I've noticed that most games are in full screen mode and some Apps have taken this on in design. Is there any research or argument for having an App in Full-Screen vs Non-Full-Screen? The only ...
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iPad tap to edit text: how intuitive is this / how can I make it clear to users?

I am building the following iPad UI, and it includes a "tap-to-edit" feature: I personally like this type of UX - I like UIs where a user can interact directly with a document. However, I'm ...
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Providing in App help on iPad apps

We are building a Teacher app that has many functionalities and we want to add in-app help. Something interactive, contextual or otherwise. Which sort of in-app help should I use? Here is the app, ...
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Two panel multi select on mobile

I'm trying to develop a system where users can add financial symbols to activities, almost as you would tags to a blog post. The user should be able to easily add or remove symbols. They can add as ...
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Which of the two is the best UI approach for a tablet app destined for reading?

I am in the process of prototyping an application for delivering news content. Our first platform will be the iPad (along with web) but other tablets will follow. Decomposing the application into ...
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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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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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iPad full screen in landscape mode - which side to put on my controls panel?

I have an app which helps the user to design a full screen sized postcard. The result is exactly what the user sees on the screen. Because a lot of users scan things in an F pattern, I assume that ...
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When designing a responsive layout is it right to assume the iPad layout will be the same as the desktop?

When designing responsive layouts I tend to do 2 sets of wireframes. I design for both mobile and desktop and assume that the iPad will adopt the same layout as the desktop due to size. ( this is if ...
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Need smallest possible images for iPad that can zoom to 200% without losing quality

right now I'm using 2048x1546 images at 132dpi, PNG files. they look amazing but they are huge in file size. any tips on how to get around having such large images in both dimensions and file size? ...
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iPad simulation for websites

I want to be able to display a website exactly as it would on different devices like an iPad. I have found several sites and programs (ipad peek/ adobe device centeral) but problem is that they don't ...
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iPad - How to emphasize the difference between a browser toolbar and a web app toolbar?

I'm looking for suggestions on how an iPad app that includes web browser controls can distinguish these controls from ones that may be provided by the web content. Here the chrome toolbar on top is ...
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Pan/zoom/select in multitouch

I'm currently working on creating a tablet-compatible version of an application. First off, I know that the worst thing to do is to try and shoe-horn in a bad implementation of multi-touch into an ...
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Tablet/kiosk app - showing the keyboard by default

We have an iPad/Android Tablet input form with a single text input box on it. This is a kiosk app used by tourists and business men. We have two options Option 1) Form loads Input box ...
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Should I be using zoom and pinch to resize user elements?

Is it a violation of the iOS Human Interface Guidelines (HIG)—or for that matter, of good UI design—to use pinch and zoom for the user to size elements on the screen, rather than the whole ...
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Should I ask users to confirm before making a purchase with a fictional currency?

I'm creating an iPad application where the user can purchase fictional currency in bulk and the fictional currency is used to purchase items in the app. My current design for purchase is similar to ...
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Edit button inside apps

I am working on an iPad app that will allow the user to edit content available on a shortlist (the left-hand side of the screen). The Edit option, however, will be available from the right hand-side ...
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Swipe direction for read document on iPad

Is there any recommendation about the direction of swipe for an app that allow user to read PDF documents? I mean if I have to chose is better the up/down or the left/right swipe? In my own ...
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Best Way to Display/Navigate Hierarchical Data on iPad

On mobile phones there is a straightforward pattern how to display hierarchical data (for example coming from a relational database): How would I transform this pattern to a tablet and make use of ...
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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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How do I display large amount of table data on iPad?

On our windows product we display large searchable grids, with a large number of columns that can be reordered, sorted, and filtered. This is a fairly common method on Windows (explorer for instance) ...
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Best alternative to slider controls for iPad users?

My team is currently planning a map-centric web app with several slider controls for filtering results. While there seem to be techniques emerging for coding sliders to respond to touch instead of ...
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Is this a good way to have two UI between iPad and iPad mini?

Yes, the iPad and iPad mini finally come with same resolutions. And the difference between two device is physical size. But the question I have is...Should I make the iPad have more view than the iPad ...
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Slide-out navigation and landscape vs. portrait iPad

I'm currently using a slide-out navigation on a website for handheld devices and tablets. Some of the stakeholders on the project are concerned that using the slide-out for landscape orientation is ...
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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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Showing error in different pane in ipad app

I have lot of panes (5 - 6) in a iPad app. Each pane depends on a different web service from different URLs. What is the best way to show an error in one pane if the corresponding web service is not ...
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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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Do I need to inform the user that a view on an iPad app is loading

I am designing and building an iPad app. Some pages on the app are blank when you first navigate to them prior to the page loading. Do I need to inform the user that the page is loading or do I just ...
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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 ...