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iOS app webviews - how to show the equivalent of multiple tabs on the desktop

I have a website that shows a list of news stories, much like Hacker News. Users can upvote stories, or they can click each headline to be taken to the actual news story on the external website. I ...
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What is the preferred iOS input for a year entry field?

What is the better input type for a year entry field: A scrollable “flipper” or a numerical keyboard?
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iOS (iPhone) multi step action sheet UX

I'm trying to decide the best UI components to allow our user to perform a two step selection process in a map view. It feels like the action sheet is the appropriate UI element to use, but using one ...
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Making an intro guide and hints/tips for an iOS app? [closed]

Are there any best practices when it comes to constructing an Introductory Guide & In-app Tips/Hints? As the developer of the app, everything looks simple and self explanatory. I realize it's ...
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What are the possible/best ways to allow a production mobile app to switch API endpoint to a development server?

Suppose I have a mobile app that uses an API at api.myapp.com. I want to be able to test the app on my personal dev machine mymac.local and also on a production-standard test server test.myapp.com. ...
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Sharing User Flow - Use Separate or Combined Interaction?

I'm working on a sharing flow for an iOS Mobile App where the user will be gifting something to up to 10 different people. Those people could be contacts stored in Contacts, Facebook friends, Twitter, ...
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Where to put 'Home' button in iOS UINavigationController

I'm currently working on an iPhone App that uses the UINavigationController as a means for navigating throughout the App. The navigation-stack can go fairly deep, so It's quite a hassle for the user ...
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iOS main menu having the same screens as a fake navigation bar

I've built this app for a client GP of NOLA. Where as you can see we have a main menu (first thing you see when opening the app) and when you enter any category you can move between the categories ...
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Back button on iPhone

There is an opinion that in iPhone apps, there's no point in placing the Back button on screens that are directly accessible via the main navigation menu (at the bottom) - because the button just ...
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Assign 15 people to event from a pool of 550 in an iPhone app

I'm trying to design a way to assign 15 to 20 people to a scheduled event choosing from a pool of around 500 available persons. Currently, I use one screen that should show number of available slots, ...
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Which ONE iOS device would you choose for design & testing? [closed]

If you had a shoestring budget and could purchase any SINGLE iOS device for testing design and interaction of an iOS app, which would you choose? iPhone 6, 6+, 5, 5S, iPod touch, something else? I ...
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iPhone app - Persistent hamburger menu vs last page visited

I'm wondering which option is best for an iPhone app using a hamburger menu (placed at the top left): The menu is persistent on every single page even when the user goes to a sub-level. When the ...
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Navigating through app with follow-up screens

For my internship assignment I'm making a (iOS) reporting app for a client that will be used in-house. My client and I both have little experience in the design of iOS. I went to my client with paper ...
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Ergonomic trackpad+button layout for Smart TV remote control

I'm developing a remote control iOS app that will be used to control a web browser running within a smart TV and need some help. I'm interested in how I can place controls in such a way that it is ...
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How do I improve the QR code scanning experience?

Many people see QR codes, but many people don't know how to use them since an additional app is required. Sometimes TWO apps are required such as Zxing Some newbie people open up a camera, and take ...
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When should a mobile app have only one orientation?

Under what circumstances should a mobile app only have one orientation? That is, when you flip your phone landscape or portrait, the view does not adjust. Why did the following two iPhone apps force ...
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Ok to show iAd beneath Tab Bar?

Would it be acceptable in an iPhone app to show the iAd underneath the bottom tab bar? I know that this is not ideal, but for programming reasons I find that it may be necessary. Does this impact the ...
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Easiest way to create accounts for users

I am currently creating an iPhone app, and I'm almost done with the whole process. One of the last features I'd like to add is for users to be able to review an object, rate it (on a scale of 1-5), ...
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Grid system for mobile app mockups?

1) For native mobile apps (iOS7, Android etc.), do you guys do mockups using the grid system too? Like maybe, 4-column grid layout for mobile apps? I heard of the grid system being used for responsive ...
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Why does iPhone's Reminder App not show on home screen?

I just migrate from Nokia 5230 to iPhone5s. When I'm using iPhone Reminder App, I find that the reminder items are only accessible within the app. That is to say, you have to open the Reminder App to ...
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Can you apply a similar UI design used on a “web” app towards a “native” (iphone, android) app?

I'm in the process of redesigning my website to be responsive, so this will also include a "mobile" web designed version of my website. I'm just wondering, would I be able to use my "mobile" web app ...
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Is there a point at which an interface design can be considered “complete?”

A point of lessening returns where further iteration and refinement either have a net zero benefit or are actually detrimental to the user experience?
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On mobile, how should I present a post that has both comments and a main media component requiring a large thumbnail?

Take a site like Reddit for example, where users can post images or media in general and have people comment on it. I want the content and the media to be both easily accessible. My initial plan is ...
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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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CAPTCHA on mobile: what are the alternatives?

From a UX perspective, CAPTCHA's are bad, bad, bad. But let's say we have this as a requirement. And it's for a hybrid app (compiled app, but built upon an HTML5 platform). I'm trying to find out: ...
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Any non finicky way to show extra rollover info on an iphone

I'm converting a really long survey from a web app to a mobile app. It's 250 questions long so I've divided it into logical sections to split it up a bit. The idea is a user is presented with a ...
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iPhone app - bottom menu vs hamburger menu

I'm working on a news and prices app, and I'm currently working on the menu. The team has 2 different approaches: a traditional bottom menu or a hamburger menu (like on Facebook app). Which approach ...
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iOS How to present data with a potentially looping relationship

I appreciate that the title is somewhat unclear - that is because i am not exactly sure how to express my issue in text. Essentially in my app, the first screen is a tab controller with two tabs: ...
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iPhone: Tab bar item badge count overflow

I want to display the unread-message count on a tab bar item. What should be the max badge count? What should be displayed when the count exceeds that max?
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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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Why doesn't the calculator in iPhone have a backspace?

Why doesn't the calculator in iPhone have a backspace? It only has a 'AC / C' button which clears the complete entry that was made. If a user wants to get rid of the last digit / last few digits that ...
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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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iOS design ideas for photography app menu

I am designing a photography app for my friend's Facebook page where there is a weekly theme and members of the group submit photos that relate to the theme. I am displaying photos in a table view ...
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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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Best practice for representing iOS system apps (Settings or Messages) in your app's UI

In the app we're currently developing, part of the work flow involves redirection to the Settings app and the Messages systems apps (don't get me started on the UX of that. I've tried...). Anyway, ...
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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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sign up flows with in modal screen flow

Designing a setting screen for an application on iPad in a modal where some nested screens require login to enter. I would like to get an opinion on how unnatural it may seem for a user if a sign up ...
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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 / ...