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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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Alternative to 2 tab bars in iPhone app

I am working on an iPhone app. I am in the early stages of designing the structure. I will be using word department as a node in the information architecture structure of an app. I encountered a ...
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How to handle navigation that occurs inside a Tab in iPhone

I'm confused on how to handle navigation inside tabs in iPhone. Questions: Once the post is created, does it belong in the create tab? If it doesn't, how an 'orphan' page should behave in ...
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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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notify user of not being able to update array

I have an array of images that is loaded on my iphone through the internet. It is then cached. If I don't have any internet or bad internet should I load the cached array with: An on screen alert ...
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How do I decide whether my app needs a landscape mode? Is landscape mode good to have as a best-practice?

I am building an app(for the phone), my dilemma is that am not sure whether I want to have landscape orientation or not. Since by default we hold our phones in portrait mode, isn't the expectation to ...
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Position of file delete button

I am designing an android application showing a list of files and folders, something like dropbox or google drive. My question is; when a file is selected should the delete option with share and tag ...
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What is an easier unlock pattern: gesture or code?

There are two popular ways to unlock a phone. iPhone makes you type in a numerical code. Android gives you the option to draw a gesture. Which of these two is easier to remember and easier to execute? ...
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What can be an alternative to tabs in an iphone or android application

What type of a design/design philosophy/gesture can be a good alternative to tabs in an iphone or an android application? Tabs are good and tell the user that there is another ...
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Do users notice bottom bar tools on tablets?

Got an iPhone app project and would like to get feedback on users noticing bottom bar actions i.e., share, add something, or delete? I've noticed some difference of opinions with my peers where some ...
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Why to go with and when to use the “friend” or “follow” strategy?

I've constructed an iPhone-app where the users can "friend" each other and it works fine. The reason that I started this thread is to discuss whenever its a better/more modern approach to let users ...
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Good way to make loyalty card app

A friend asked me to make a loyalty card app for their store, so that the customer gets something for free for every n-th purchase. What is the best way to do this that can not be faked by the ...
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Loading spinner after iphone switched off [closed]

Why does a loading spinner appear after i turn off my iphone ? why not a simple text saying switching off or turning off .
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IOS resizing labels

So I'm wondering how best to solve this problem. I want to display a 'list' of elements in my app. Right now this is what it looks like - That looks really bad, and I'm not sure how to make it so ...
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Push Notifications : Best approach to bring back user who has not opted for push

We are all aware of the push notification benefits, but lot of times when user installs an app they say no to push notifications inadvertently or willingly. How can we bring back those users to opt ...
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Question on Apple's choice on a particular UI/UX design. [closed]

So I was on hold on a call and my phone was on Speaker, when I observed the choice Apple has made on the "Hide" Button. So my question or rather point-of-discussion is why the Hide is NOT on the ...
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Terminology: PIN code or Passcode?

I'm working on an iPhone, and we are currently doing some user testing. This app deals with sensitive personal information. Security is definitely important for us. Instead of using username / ...
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Make image clickable to change it or add dedicated button

I have a design question for iOS development. I am building this app where a user can set a profile picture and also "before/after"-pictures. From a design perspective, I wonder whether it is a good ...
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How to deliver wireframes to off-shore dev teams

I am currently designing an iOS application. Before I move on, I know that the route we chose to go is not ideal at all. The app is social networking app. We have a team in India developing the app. ...
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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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tab bar or more screen space?

What do you think about using a tab bar menu of 5 items? I see, now, many apps are using again the tab bar menus because you can access quickly to the sections in your app.... But, do you think is ...
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Tab bar for iphone and android? [duplicate]

What do you think of using tab bar for iphone and android? Like instagram. I think tab bar in android is rare.... But what do you think?
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What is the best way to implement a Data Tree component in an iPhone application?

I need to port some website components to an iOS application. One of those components being a Data Tree. Is there a way to implement a Data Tree component in an iOS application or is there another ...
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Long select list options aren't visible on iPhone [closed]

I have an html select list with an option that needs to be a long string of text. This is fine in my desktop browser but my iPhone crops the option text. Is there a way around this without shorting ...
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IOS and Android Login Design Question?

My app(both in IOS and Android) allows users to register with Facebook and Email(for now). Let's say if a user registered with Facebook. Then user Logged-in with Facebook and then from the user ...
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Navigation bar necessary for mobile app with no hiearchy?

In iPhone UI development, we have this design pattern of putting the current location in the UINavigationBar. When you first open the app, it will generally show the company logo. As you navigate, the ...
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Are there any examples of changing a tab bar's items within a mobile app?

In other words, when transitioning from one view to the next having the menu items on a tab bar change. I know this is common within the top navigation bar but how about on the bottom?
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Real world examples of iOS UIKit Dynamics? [closed]

iOS 7.0 has introduced a new feature called UIKit Dynamics. It allows the developer to define different forces and constraints (gravity, collision, attachments, arbitrary forces, spring, etc.) between ...
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User accessibility for mobile applications [closed]

I want to make my mobile web app, iPhone app, and Android app more accessible. What should I read first to learn about best practices for mobile accessibility? Are there any summaries of the ...
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Best way to display items and related offers/details in mobile apps

I am trying to think of a way to represent list of items along with their offers/details as shown in this link in mobile apps. Please refer to 1st table. 2nd column contains numbers as well as some ...
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How to categorize new threads in a mobile forum application?

I am planning to launch a new Forum/Chat app for Android/iPhone. The app requires users to specify a category before creating a new thread. How do I show and allow users to choose the thread category ...
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iOS: Best way to present and receive user input?

Background: I'm building an app that uses the camera to overlay objects (helmets, glasses, etc) over people's faces. I'm building a simple algorithm that checks if people are wearing glasses. ...
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Handle Push Notification when app is in foreground

Let's imagine i'm building a football gamblers app. In my app the user can "follow" the game that is currently "active" (The closest game that the user has gambled on). The main screen will show the ...
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Best examples of iphone and ipad app that differ? (Comparison of iphone & ipad apps)

I am studying the UX of iphone and their equivalent ipad apps. Does anyone have good examples of designs that differ because of the distinctive user experience that the two devices provide?
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Multiple ways to add an entry?

In my app, I have multiple ways to add an entry to a list. I have the plus button at the top right, like in this picture: The user has three ways to add an entry to the list. However, the plus ...
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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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When is the appropriate time to use the “i” icon in an app?

I am currently debating if: The "i" icon should only be used when the target page\view only displays additional information. (help text, credits, about, terms & conditions, etc.) The "i" icon ...
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How to design a multi-step form for mobile

So I am having a problem designing a usable and clear multi-step form for mobile (iPhone for now). Here are the steps: Step 1: Search for a restaurant - This field will have fields like name, city, ...
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iOS - UIAlertView: When to use and when not to?

I've gone over Apple's Human Interface Guidelines and I think I've got a firm grasp when a UIAlertView should and shouldn't be used. Although I also wanted to get some feedback from other app ...
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Most tapped areas on iPhone (by percentage)?

Is there a way to find out what are the most tapped areas on an iPhone screen, by percentage? Does the users tend to tap more the elements that are placed in the bottom part of the screen, because ...
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What icon or symbol for endorse/ promote/ support? [closed]

Hi I'm working on an app that involves talents showing off their skills and what not, and users can endorse/ support them to get a chance to win a grand prize. My problem is with using a heart icon, ...
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iPhone App, using thumb to press buttons covers the value being changed

I have an app that displays two values (weight and # of reps) a user can change these values by pressing a - or + button on the left and right of the values. However when a right handed user reaches ...
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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 to A/B test a published IOS and Android app on actual users?

I've published several apps on IOS and Android adding flurry to measure the interaction that is happening in those apps, however, I'd love to enhance this interaction and make my apps more useful by ...
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iphone side navigation vs. tab bar navigation

when designing a mobile app, is there any 'rule of thumb' for when (and when not) to use a side navigation? (e.g.: ...
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Facebook Navigation - iPhone vs iPad

Facebook recently updated their iphone's navigation, to tabs at the bottom. I am curious as to why they did not also do this with their iPad app? I guess you don't see the bottom tabs very often on ...
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Long form in dialog for iOS iphone?

My current project is to translate an existing Android gingerbread style app design to an iOS7 iPhone design. The Android app utilizes various dialogs (such as the one here) with embedded forms. ...
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What would be the best actions to attach to an Android phone's buttons when I don't really need them?

I have developed an app that works on Android devices and iPhones. I went to great lengths to ensure that the interface is exactly the same on both systems. However, one significant difference that I ...
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2D action shooter “left-to-right” VS “bottom-to-top” experience

Which type of games is more suited for users on mobile platforms (phones, tablets) considering their thumbs movement? LEFT TO RIGHT like in R-Type? or BOTTOM TO TOP like in Xenon?
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Searching apps on smart phone home screen

I'm interested to know about the effectiveness of the search application on the iPhone home screen. For example, I have 4 screens of apps and it takes me a few seconds to find an application that I ...