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iOS is a mobile phone and tablet operating system built by Apple, Inc. It is a light weight touch screen OS based on the Mac OS UNIX called Darwin.

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Are check-boxes OK in app design, or should I be using native switches? [duplicate]

Switch vs Check-box Today I had a debate with some of the iOS developers in my team about the check-boxes I have used on our app. They are very opposed to them, much preferring the iOS style toggles ...
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When to use Action Overflow Menu vs Modal List

For a mobile web app when would you use an action overflow menu as opposed to a modal window list? Here is an example of a modal window list used on Instagram App (android): Here is an example of a ...
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Screen size for mobile app design

In the above image, screen size means height and width given in points. But what we do we take screen width and height in pixels. Many designers use 640*960 as screen size that is the resolution of ...
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Create a field with an default value toggle

I've got an input field with a default value but I currently have the feeling no-one understands how it should be used. The idea is if you toggle the switch on you use the default value and if you ...
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Have different size of cells on a UItableview to solve too long labels is a good idea?

I have an UITableView with cells that contains title and subtitle. Sometimes the title or subtile is cropped because too big. What is the best choice: let label cropped ? put title/subtitle on two ...
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Not right to design same UI for both Android and iOS. But what is the number of users having both Android AND iOS?

Discussions for having same UI for both Android and iOS has been ongoing since ages and the majority of people think that design for platform is better than using same UI across different platform (...
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With a short timeline, should I perform usability testing on both iOS and Android?

The situation is this. My company is designing a native app for Android and iOS simultaneously. The timeline is very tight but we are going to squeeze in three rounds of user testing. With such a ...
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Progress bars to indicate user count & competition end date for mobile

This is my scenario. I have a promotion that ends at a particular time. Only if the number of entries reaches a particular threshold will the promotion take place. So to users I have to show ...
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Is it acceptable to use Google Material Design in web applications?

We are considering using Material Design components in our website, but since this is an "Android design", wouldn't it turn away iOS users? What is the best practice? Is it wide-spread to use these ...
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Search function placement on home screen

Recently we are replacing our complex (and frankly cluttered) Search function with a much cleaner one. We are planning to do an AB Test to test the way users like to search/what effect different ways ...
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IOS file download - Images for application data

We develop a web application where the user can enter data and based on that data he can generate a PDF file. For convenience we wanted to build a save and load function so that the user can ...
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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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Separate list for call history and messages or all in one list for messenger app UI

I am currently developing the prototype for a call and text messaging client for iOS. I would like to know what's the best way to display the call history. Currently my idea is that calls are just ...
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Placement of 'Cancel' action on an iOS navigation bar in a modal view?

In the case of two actions such as Cancel and Done, I would usually place Done on top-right and Cancel on the left. In the case of a single action such as Done, I would usually place it on the top-...
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Print Icon or Share Icon

in our app, we show certain PDF documents. We want to enable the customer to print this from the phone (using AirPrint enabled printers for example). Tapping on the print/share icon will open a dialog ...
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How many users will I lose with iOS permission prompts?

Let's say I have an app, and I need to request a permission from the user to use the main use case of the app. This permission request happens the first time that the user opens the app. Scenario A: ...
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Why 2 methods to submit forms?

Why do we give users a 'Log in' button when they can submit the form via keyboard? I know when I search the ios App Store, the only way to submit the form is with the keyboard. Should the same be ...
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Row-wise or column-wise ordering?

I noticed that the Messenger app in iOS and Android orders the emoji differently: column-wise vs row-wise, respectively. I tried searching their guidelines but could not find any reference to the ...
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iOS user friendly, mobile menu

I am creating a hybrid app (JQuery mobile / Phonegap). It needs to be published on the Apple app store. I would like it to be user friendly. It should also meet Apple's guidelines. About the app. ...
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Show a sub menu when click on tab bar item [closed]

I am using tab bar controller and it will get 5 tabs. First 4 tabs will get their own view controller, but at the 5th tab I need to do like a popup menu or slide menu. It will overlap another view ...
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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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IOS - Back icon + 'back' label vs back icon only

I'm working on an iPhone app and we are currently designing the navigation. I'm wondering what would be the best option (and why) when it comes to going back to the previous page. Back icon + 'back' ...
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Arabic, user friendly mobile menu - iOS

I am creating a hybrid app, this is a learn new languag app. I am using PhoneGap and JQuery mobile. The app will be in Arabic. It needs to follow the user interface guidelines for Arabic type apps. I ...
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why do iOS apps have splash screens if it contradicts guidelines?

iOS Human Interface Guidelines say: Design a launch screen that’s nearly identical to the first screen of your app. If you include elements that look different when the app finishes launching, ...
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Is “Swipe to Delete” on the iPhone Calculator Bad UX?

Many people have recently discovered that the iPhone's Calculator app had a backspace feature where one could swipe left or right to delete a digit. I'm not a professional UI/UX designer, but I feel ...
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Overloading screen swiping in mobile applications

I build a mobile application that has lists of content. There were two ideas about what should happen on a swipe. One was about the list, a catalogue of items, that is filterable. The idea was to ...
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I am designing screens for both android and IOS, what to do for OS specific interaction?

I am designing screens for both android and IOS, what to do for OS specific interactions? so for different OS there are different specific interactions. Like what to for long press actions in IOS? ...
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What is this bar indicating swipeability called?

What is the name for a bar indicating an element can be swiped? These bars (boxed in red in the image below) are meant to indicate to the user that the element can be dragged or swiped. These are not ...
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Combining tab bars iOS

I am creating iOS app that have many sub views and I am wondering what is best approach. In my main screen I have tab bar with options like list of. customers, documents, map, calendar etc. When I go ...
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Best practice for multi-level menu in iOS / iPad

I'm designing navigation for standard landscape/split view in iPad and the idea is to make the left side menu a multilevel one, so the user could compare data values on the right side between ...
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Apple HIG: Zoom In or Zoom in?

Apple HIG states this about capitalization for buttons: Use title-case for titles. Capitalize every word except articles, coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions of four or fewer letters. But ...
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iOS: Best way to indicate popover?

I'm working on a simple music app for a client. There's a switch that triggers a backing track/beat that users can play sounds over that looks like this (the client insisted on the flower icon, don't ...
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Giving user a preference to pick either TouchID or Pin login on iOS platform

As of iPhone5s we have technology like TouchID which is much secure way of authenticating user instead writing long complicated passwords. Although, we also have a pin login which does require minimal ...
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Is it ok to replace Trash button with Done button during editing? (iOS)

This image explains UX of my app: There is a view where the user can type a text. User can delete a note with "Trash" button. When user touches the view application switches into the editing mode and ...
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Notifications on iOS vs Android

In a progressive HTML5 Webapp, is it OK for the Android Version to have notifications and the iOS version not? Seems a bit off, but iOS does not allow notifications for webapps. Should I use an ...
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How good is the ux of adding an extra segment control dynamically, when certain conditions are satisfied?

Initially there are only 2 controls but, when there are options nearby for a user, an additional segment control pops up and displays options. How good is this ux. If this is bad, please help me with ...
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Why isn't it common to swipe between top-level views when we use a bottom navigation?

It’s a common pattern on Android that if you have a tabs, you can swipe between top-level views. Google introduced the bottom navigation a while ago, which we already know from iOS. How come it isn’t ...
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Is there any research that shows most common punctuation usage for numbers?

Context: I've got an iOS keyboard app that's a numpad. We recently, after a lot of user feedback, added four additional keys: period, comma, space, and return. The day we released that feedback ...
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Why is a scrollable bottom tab bar discouraged?

Why is horizontal scrolling in a bottom tab bar commonly discouraged? Both iOS and Android guidelines discourage it. And for some reason scrolling navigation is sometimes okay at the top? (Android ...
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What is the best color for an inactive icon that has red tabbar as navbar?

I have this problem, where I try to color the inactive icon as gray, but it doesn't seem right. Here's the picture How do i solve this problem? what kind of color is suitable for an inactive icon on ...
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Floating Burger vs Bottom Navigation for Mobile Web

We have a menu of 5 options and we want to decide whether to use a floating burger or a bottom navigation menu for our mobile web app. We already have a sticky bar on top where our logo, a ...
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What is the best practice for displaying a data grid on a mobile device?

I can't find resources, guidelines or best practices for natively displaying a data grid on an enterprise mobile app? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
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Is there any solution for mobile grid (native) - 30 column?

I was looking ux patterns on internet but couldn't find specific solution for it. I have more than 25 column grid which would like to show on mobile native app. Customer is interested to show all the ...
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Chat app - timestamp display

iOS messaging and other apps (i.e. skype) only show message timestamps periodically, versus the older method of showing a timestamp for every message. (The new method offers the ability to swipe left ...
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distinguishing the difference between push notifications and in-app notifications

Through past research, I've found that users connect better with the term 'notifications' rather than 'push notifications' (as push is based on quite a techy concept of the notification being pushed ...
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Doubled form validation button (iOS)

I have asked myself this question a few times lately. Should I put a validation button at the right-hand corner of the header and another at the bottom of the form ? The right-hand button is useful ...
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Is using haptic feedback more appropriate for action or result?

I'm currently working on an iOS app which implements different types of clinical tools for doctors. On a basic level, every clinical tool includes a lot of questions, i.e. controls (buttons, segmented ...
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iPad walkthrough screens have too much whitespace

I am designing a walkthrough right now for a iPad app, but I ran into the issue that the page has too much whitespace. The page will have a large header text, an icon/illustration and a button. There ...
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Bottom bar v Hamburger in Android

How exactly are the bottom bar in iOS and Android different? Please give specific examples ..also exceptions and why the exceptions exist.
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iOS app Details then List or List then Details

My apologies as the title is probably a bit confusing. I wasn't able to find anything similar to this in the SE posts or Apples HI Guidelines. I have a scenario in which I have a page that lists ...