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When to use the Back button vs. Cancel/Done on iPhone

I noticed that in some cases Apple uses Cancel / Done buttons, and in others there's only the the Back button. In Calendar, for example, when you choose how often an event should repeat, you have ...
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Pros/cons: segmented control (tab) in the nav bar on iPhone?

I am considering having a segmented control in the navigation bar in the iPhone app. Are there any known drawback of having it in the navigation bar vs. body? Perhaps, less space for other controls in ...
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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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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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When should you use popovers in an iPhone app?

I am working on an iPhone app for a client. At the moment they have a main page for viewing a list of events and then a "filter" button to press to take you to another page to set the distancea away ...
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Why do my / sent text messages appear on the right of the dialogue?

When I read another thread why text messages on the iphone aren't displayed at the full width the following question came to my mind: Why do my text messages appear on the right and not on the left ...
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Is putting a toast in the lower part of the screen the optimal position?

On Android, a toast is a transient confirmation message appearing in the lower portion of the screen. Did Google consciously position the toast here for optimal usability? I want to port this toast ...
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Two actions in a single row : iPhone

I need some suggestions about a single row with multiple actions. I need to give two actions for single row, refer the attached image: Details Like History about access for the contact Is this ...
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A/B testing for mobile apps? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to A/B test a published IOS and Android app on actual users? Is there any proper way and tool to do A/B testing in mobile apps to find the users' engagement and pain ...
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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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How to walk the user through a complicated UI on a small iPhone screen?

I've been building and building and ended up with an app that I now need to educate the user on first use. It is a very "sophisticated" and quick icon generator for programmers. My app has up to 16 ...
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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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Why aren't iPhone text messages at full width?

Why aren't text messages viewed on the iPhone iOS displayed at full width? I can think of several reasons why it would make sense: Short messages won't have unnecessary line breaks, long text ...
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Should you use both the accelerometer and the touchscreen in a phone/tablet based game?

So I've been formulating an idea for a game the past few days. I don't want to get into too many details, but I mainly just wanted to ask about one aspect of the gameplay. OK, imagine a game where ...
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What are the best practices of designing a validation message on an iPhone App?

I am working on designing an iPhone app and I need to know which validation message style is the most recommended for the forms included. I don't prefer to use a pop up window i need something that ...
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What is safe area / minimum distance for iPhone 4

What is safe area / minimum distance for iPhone 4 canvas?
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Presenting a list of items on a screen that already has a list

What I'm trying to do is show a list of alarms on the right hand side in the middle with the list 3:04, 3:06, 3:08. As the user hits + on the LHS, a new object is created that you can edit on the ...
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Providing feedback to the user when an entry that is added is the same as a current entry

I'm trying to give the user the ability to add alarm times for a reminder. In this view, you can see that I have 1:19am twice. What happens is if you press the plus button, then I add a row based ...
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Push Notifications for Update

We have an iPhone app available in the app store that utilizes push notifications. Normally we use this functionality to inform users when new podcasts are available (usually once a week). We've ...
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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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Handling two disjoint methods of setting alarms in iOS

I'm trying to set alarm times for a single object with two views; one for quick presets, another with any number of custom times. The two buttons at the top (Presets | Custom) switch between these two ...
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How to display indexes for UITableView in a complex list?

I have a UITableView of UITableViewStylePlain with sections titled as districts (neighborhoods) in New York City. I am struggling how to implement the indexes (quick "links" on the right). Should they ...
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Subnavigation on iPhone

If your app has a bottom tab nav, and you want to open another page that has a contextual sub-nav, where do you place this sub-nav? How do you decide?
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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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What user-friendly term should I use for a view that lives under a tab in a tab bar app?

My app uses a tab bar controller. In the user documentation, I'm not sure what name to use for a view that lives under a tab. For example, the app has a Settings tab. In the user documentation, I ...
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iPhone sound buttons position

Why iPhones have sound control buttons on the left side of the device? We may assume that there are more righthanded users than lefthanded. If user hold the device in right hand, he can use his thumb ...
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Rating control for iPhone world

Some time ago I implemented inline rating control for iPhone applications: It has configurable amount of stars (depends on the app) and optional clear button (at the most right). The control works ...
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Displaying table contents on small devices [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Table data in Mobile phones This so far is the only solution I found on how to design responsive table content so that it gives you a meaningful overview of the data on ...
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Showing a large amont of data on the iPhone

I have a large amount of data being drawn from a database to show on the iPhone screen. There will be around 100 fields for each record (100 records) Some will be links, Small images and some general ...
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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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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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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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An icon that represents “End Game” in iPhone app [closed]

I'm stumped. I would like to have an icon in the toolbar that represents "End Game". My app is a scorekeeping app, and when the user wants to end the game and start with a fresh scoreboard, they would ...
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What is the optimal text size for an iPhone 'News application'?

We are designing a News application for one of our clients, and I would like to get to know what is the optimal text size for Headlines and Article text in an application like this? We would like to ...
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Navigation bar and Toolbar in ipad app at top of screen - apple's approval?

I'm a newbie. I have got a wire frame for ipad application, in which navigation bar and tool bars are placed on the top. And back button is placed in toolbar. Whether it violates apple's guidelines or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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When to use a UIPickerView instead of a UITableView?

When does a UIPickerView offer a better user experience than a UITableView? Does Apple's Human Interface Guidelines address this?
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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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How to present a feature in an iPhone app that is only available for certain locations

I am working on an iPhone app for a real estate client. We want to use a "look up by MLS number" feature that, due to MLS restrictions, will only be return results from the region in which the client ...
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What will be a good UI design for the iPhone app wise notification

I have a background thread working on collecting data, once that's ready, I want to send out a global notification such that all the views can get it. That's easily achievable logically. But visually, ...
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Which side of the screen should a user HUD be on?

I'm trying to come up with the UI for a game I'm creating for the iPhone/iPad. The game is based off another online game form years ago, and they had their HUD on the left side of the screen. I'm ...
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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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Filtering and searching with UISearchBar on the iPhone?

For iPhone development, is there any UI/UX pattern I should be following with the UISearchBar to permit both filtering and searching? My use case is one screen were we display nearby in a UITableView ...
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What are some of the best e-tailer / catalogue iPhone apps or webapps you have seen, and what makes them great? [closed]

I've seen a few webapps or iPhone apps that have an enormous and heterogenous amount of items for sale, while managing information architecture / user experience so that is simple and easy to browse ...
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What would this widget be called?

What is this control that is used to select an item in this screenshot called? This is also in the latest Facebook for Android update. What is it called?