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Apple Inc. are a technology company who produce consumer electronics. Their UX philosophy and design aesthetic is famous for its user-centric walled-garden approach, and has been responsible for the popularisation of innovations like the GUI and mobile touch interfaces.

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iOS Sheet or Modal? Can You Help Me Identify Use Cases?

Okay, I've been struggling to find an answer for this in the Apple HIG guidelines, so I'll ask here. In the attached image, what is the difference between the three screen types? Full-screen modal ...
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What is currently the best way to ask the user on iOS and MacOS for saved credentials

At first I am an Android user so please forgive me when this is very oblivious. I am working on a Flutter plugin, which should make it as easy as possible to sign in into any Flutter app using my ...
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What are the specific breakpoint sizes that Apple uses and references in their design guidelines? [duplicate]

Does someone know, What are the specific dimensions (primarily width) of the breakpoint sizes that Apple uses and references in their design guidelines, name as the XS, SM.... XXL? Reference: https://...
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Why does apple use odd numbers for font size and paddings?

I have learnt the use of even numbers for font sizes, spacings. The 8 point rule. But still not being able to figure out why Apple still uses odd number for font sizes, spacings and paddings.
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Apple Pay suppression message scares our users

I'm working on a mobile app that uses NFC to connect to specific devices. For iOS phones, we are required to suppress the Apple Pay interface, because otherwise the Wallet app will show up when ...
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Is the charging port in Apple's Magic mouse a design failure?

I have seen people bashing Apple Computer for the charging port in Magic mouse. The purpose of asking this question is: If this is design failure, Apple being such a huge company and credited for ...
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Custom Google and Apple Signup/in buttons

I want to modify the default sign up and sign in buttons of Google and Apple for an iOS project keeping the changes as per their guidelines. By default, these are like this: And I want to use it like ...
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Why does Apple use this guideline "A label is often unnecessary when placeholder text is present"

In which context does Apple use this guideline, and why did they do so? I can only see the logic in the context of having an input field where you search. It just seems a bit odd since it has so many ...
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Text link size in mobile

I have a debate with my team about the size of text links on mobile. On one side are standards of accessibility and minimum tap sizes for fingers. On the other is Apple.com sign-in page where we have ...
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Using Material Design on iOS

I have an Android app developed by using Material Design principles. Currently, I am planning to release it on iOS too. I read several blogs/SO posts, which state that Apple is strict about Flat ...
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What do designers do when a new Apple Components Library comes out?

I'm using the newest iOS and MacOS Components Libraries for Sketch that I downloaded from the Apple HIG site. There are some components that either don't make sense or there is a part of the component ...
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Affirmative action button on right, Dismissive on left ...... unless affirmative is destructive?

I have had a question about the contradictory nature of the Apple HIG in regard to button placement in dialogs. They say that Affirmative action button on right (Print), Dismissive on left (Cancel), ...
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Support Sign in with Apple or nah? [closed]

With the announcement of this... Sign In with Apple will be available for beta testing this summer. It will be required as an option for users in apps that support third-party sign-in when it is ...
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iOS Segmented Controls

I'm trying to figure out the use cases for the different sizes of segmented controls, specifically the 2 segmented one. The app store has a longer version (located below the Nav bar), while the iTunes ...
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What's the common name of the design pattern used on the home screen of the Apple watch?

I'm referring to the fish-eye/magnifier effect applied to app icons as they approach the center of the screen (animation here).
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Apple UI Guidelines, tabs bars and toolbars

I want to publish my app to the Apple App Store. I created the app in PhoneGap. It's a learn a new language app, with different sections. In the Android version, I have tab bars at the top. These tab ...
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Should additional animations be shown *after* the first app-app transition?

On a new iOS device, when I try to open a special URL (app URL, universal link, or phone number), iOS will ask me if I want to "Open in X app" When this occurs, a visual animation occurs that ...
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Is the new Apple Music with big fonts good from a usability perspective?

I have been testing the new Apple Music app for quite some time now. At first, I liked the design but I am slowly getting fed up with the big fonts. I like big fonts but Apple seems to have gone a bit ...
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At what percentage of platform usage should I design the specific experience for?

At what percentage of platform usage should I design the specific experience for? I have an app in the store now - 1% using from iPad 99% using from iPhone So at what percentage should I start ...
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Card-swipe based interface for macOS: Human Interface Guidelines

I was looking towards creating an app for solving an issue I've had with quickly sorting files. The interface would be similar to Tinder's but for files (images, system files etcetera). Reading ...
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Apple's Hamburger Menu? [closed]

Does anybody know why Apple uses two horizontal lines for hamburger menu vs three horizontal lines?
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Can solid and hollow icons be used together?

As far as I know mixing solid and hollow icons is a bad practice. Why Apple does it then in iTunes desktop software? Are there any iconography principles that allow mixing of these two icon styles? On ...
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What are the "success" and "failure" vibration patterns in Apple Watch, and iPhone 7 haptic?

I want to imitate the Apple Watch "success" and "failure" vibration patterns in my custom app. Does anyone have the following information for the various user experiences Intensity Timing Pattern (...
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The best scroll direction | Apple v.s. Windows [duplicate]

The two biggest computer companies in the world use opposite scrolling directions! When you switch from Windows to Apple, you'll notice that Apple has its scrolling reversed. But maybe it's Windows ...
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What is the best way to show an item has been added to a list in iOS?

I have a list item in an iOS app that is ordered alphabetically. When adding a new item to this list, there is no way to easily tell that this item has been appended - especially if your list is ...
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Should I choose a short or lengthy title for my app on App Store?

By now I have read numerous articles about App Store optimisation. Some advise me to use a long title with a lot of keywords (bang for my bucks etc…) but others say the title should be short (25 ...
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What are the drag & drop patterns for iPhone 5 or 6?

I'm working on a design for an iPhone app that drags & drops pictures from one place to the other, something similar to the screenshot below. I downloaded a few of the most popular picture apps (...
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Apple Watch: How to recruit users?

There are not a lot of users of the Apple Watch (at least in Germany there are probably less then 1%). Which user group would you recruit for a user test to get reliable results? I am thinking about: ...
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Which is the best navigation pattern for the Apple Watch?

I'm having a bit of an internal debate over which navigation pattern is more suitable for use on the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch enables you to use a) Hierarchical navigation - a list of items ...
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How are people testing prototypes on Apple/Android watches?

I usually use proto.io to mockup and then test prototypes right from the device. However, proto has yet to include this functionality for smart watches. (I can only test in browser). Does anyone here ...
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What is the iOS alternative to a radio button?

There is a radio button in android and WEB but what is the best alternative in iOS? And please don't say segmented control becuase it's not working in my case. The case is a list of items 3-6 which ...
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What is the iOS alternative to a radio button? [duplicate]

There is a radio button in android and WEB but what is the best alternative in iOS? And please don't say segmented control becuase it's not working in my case. The case is a list of items 3-6 which ...
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How to design for a new product or platform?

I was wondering, how do you adapt your (or is there a specific) process when you are designing something for a new device or platform? For example let's take the Apple Watch recently, many ...
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Improving a configurable list with a lot of comboboxes

I did some testing with the interface that looks a lot like the Apple Mail Rules dialog, and received the following feedback from users: Way too many click actions Unclear what a rule does Bad ...
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Should I still use Cover Flow?

I want to create an app for iOS sending (virtual) greeting cards to other users. Since the app is iOS only I thought about using a Cover Flow like representation of the various cards to provide a ...
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How should Likert scale options be ordered?

I was asked to give feedback after chatting with Apple support. It seems odd that Apple would ask for feedback in this manner: High to Low (5 - 1). I would expect it to ask for feedback this way: Low ...
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How does Apple/Google/other calendar see post-midnight? [closed]

As extension to my other question: Time after midnight, user experience Does Apple/Google/other calendars see post-midnight as very early this day, or very late this day? I can't test it myself, but ...
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What is the default typography for UINavigationBar in IOS 7? [closed]

I know the font is either HelveticaNeue-Light or HelveticaNeue-Medium, but which is it? What is also the font size?
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Why does Apple hide the vertical scrollbar on Mac laptops?

I am interested in why Apple hides the vertical scroll bar. In many cases it hides the fact that there is more vertical data than what appears on a specific window. Only when you scroll up or down (...
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Why are the two buttons on the apple TV remote shaped differently (Menu & Play/Pause)

On the apple TV remote, I have realized that the two buttons have a different physical design. The menu button goes invward (convex) and the play/pause one is flatter/goes more outward. I tried to ...
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UX failure in Apple's security update process

It would have been much better if I could download the 700+ MB download in the background while continuing to work and THEN pull the trigger on applying the patch. There are no real reasons to couple ...
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Why do Macs only have one mouse button?

Why do Apple Macintoshes only have one mouse button? It seems useful to have at least a second one for options that aren't regularly used.
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Why do we need a friend/follower count?

I am working on a mobile app that will have a friends and follower feature. Should a user's profile page display how many friends they have and how many people are following them? What advantages ...
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What are the main contributions of Apple Inc. in the advancement of user interfaces in the last 10 years? [closed]

I often hear people saying "apple has pushed forward the development of usable interfaces", "apple products are examples for great usability" and so on. My question is: is this a proven fact? And if ...
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Several buttons in navbar on iOS

I'm currently working on a app that basically follows Apple's HIG with title, back button and an additional button in navbar on all pages, but it's where my questions start. It is a search/browse ...
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Has anyone had any experience with inputs similar to apple's calendar "create quick event"?

For the past few years apple's calendar app has used this concept of "create quick event" where the user types a sentence in a format that allows the application to separate the data, and create the ...
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Why doesn't Mac OS X use Pointing Hand Cursor instead of Arrow Cursor on Toolbars and Tabs?

I want to understand the rationale behind Apple's design decision of not using Pointing Hand Cursor on clickable areas such as Toolbars or Tabbars of applications' user interfaces, and even buttons. ...
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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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Are new app designs deviating from conventional (better?) Interaction designs?

I am on the 3rd chapter of Joshua Clark's Tapworthy : Designing great iPhone apps And I was really taken aback by the first few pages. In these first few pages Joshua Discusses the "thumb hotspot" i....
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Why take user all the way to App store to rate an app?

Recently being annoyed by apps asking to rate them in the App store this question came to my mind . Though I am willing to rate the app I don't want to navigate to the app store and then wait for ...
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