An example of Tab bar is shown below:
I'm designing a new iOS app with tab bar as shown above. The tab bar has five icons of which three are generic and easily understood. The other two are relevant to the screens users will see when these buttons are pressed, but since this is a brand new app, is it recommended to use labels under the icons?
I have been trying to find some UX related articles for this to no avail and for the articles I've found, it's usually up to the designer's preference. More and more apps these days are omitting labels/text under the tab bar icons for a more uniform and clean look; however, I'm not sure for a brand new app.
The UX in me is screaming use both but personally, I think once users use the app, they can easily make the relationship with the icon to get to the screen they want. I mean, it's only 5 icons after all...
For instance, take a look at Instagram, they have never used labels before and most users don't have an issue with using this app. Any thoughts, references, articles is truly appreciated!