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The best scroll direction | Apple v.s. Windows

There’s no “right” way. It’s all in the analogy. The Touch Screen Analogy When you use a touch screen, the scrolling behavior is intuitive — it’s like you put your finger on the actual content and ...
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What is the iOS alternative to a radio button?

I wrote a highly customizable radio button control for iOS. It supports both obj-c and swift. Hope it helps!
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Should I choose a short or lengthy title for my app on App Store?

Typically, the top performing apps have shorter (branded) titles The average for the top 200 free apps are: 26 characters 4.5 words But it probably doesn't matter App title length – if penalized at ...
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Why does Apple hide the vertical scrollbar on Mac laptops?

I think it is a stupid decision. It is fashion or change for change's sake ... two things that are endemic in the IT world, but that it would do better to be without. A vertical scrollbar does not ...
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What is the best way to show an item has been added to a list in iOS?

You can consider few ways to go about it. Simply just display a alert box saying "Item added to to list successfully". when the item is added, automatically scroll it down to the position where it ...
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Is the charging port in Apple's Magic mouse a design failure?

Given that with just 5 minutes of charging you get around 10 hours of mouse usage and charging it to full gives you around 1 to 3 months of usage, at first it might seem that it's an aesthetic ...
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Using Material Design on iOS

You are not going to get penalized for implementing material on iOS. However, if you are doing it just to keep your product consistent across the two platforms, I would review the reasons behind that....
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Why does Apple hide the vertical scrollbar on Mac laptops?

I think reasons are: To use all width of a screen. Default scrollbar takes about 17px. To make width of page unchangable. Just imagine - you have page that fits to screen's height and you do ...
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Is Apple's or Google's meaning of the three-horizontal-bar icon more popular?

Over the years, things have changed somewhat. Chrome has changed its menu icon to three vertical dots to comply with the Material Design HIG: Apple has changed its drag-and-drop icon to be visually ...
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Card-swipe based interface for macOS: Human Interface Guidelines

The problem you might face is not mainly in the transition between states (although it might also be) but in the way the user interacts with the app. In non-touch devices, drag is used to change the ...
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Can solid and hollow icons be used together?

In general, I think that from an aesthetics standpoint it's reasonable to combine them. What Apple does in the list is a question of readability. Note how the "Books" and "Audiobooks" share the same ...
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Can solid and hollow icons be used together?

They look good to me. They all have fills --just different percentages of grey, which is legitimate. What's grotty and unprofessional-looking is to use visually dissimilar styles, i.e. different ...
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Apple's Hamburger Menu?

I think if using 2 lines will make the transformation into "X" more make sense than using 3 lines, which is in IOS it self 3 lines has a meaning already. Is Apple's or Google's meaning of the ...
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Is the new Apple Music with big fonts good from a usability perspective?

Let's not overthink this. Larger fonts do increase usability but larger fonts don't always mean, "look at me!" You notice the bottom navigation bar? The icons in it are pretty small and the text is ...
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Using Material Design on iOS

It is a subjective and business decision whether to use material design on iOS apps or not. Here are some facts supporting it : Material Design, did prove to have a fairly good usability acceptance. ...
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Apple UI Guidelines, tabs bars and toolbars

No. Use a segmented control for the iOS version instead of a tab bar and keep it in the header below the Chapter label.
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Why does Apple use this guideline "A label is often unnecessary when placeholder text is present"

Here is the source for your quote. You can split data entries into two kinds: Fill and forget Fill and persist Fill and Forget In this scenario: The user lands upon some data entry interface The ...
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Is the charging port in Apple's Magic mouse a design failure?

My guess is that the Lightning connector is not designed for the mechanical strain of using the mouse while charging. So maybe it is to avoid warranty claims of angry customers who damaged the ...
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Custom Google and Apple Signup/in buttons

This no longer seems to be an issue (at least not for Apple). You are free to adjust the buttons size or text size to fit your design. This is described in Apple's Human Interface Guidelines (updated ...
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Text link size in mobile

Well this is a weighted question! My answer will be equally weighted! hehe. Short Answer Who cares what Apple is doing, they were the ones who introduced light grey text on a slight lighter background ...
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Should additional animations be shown *after* the first app-app transition?

I this you are talking about iOS animation and transistions. If yes,iOS uses motion effects to create the perception of depth on your Home screen and within apps. If you have sensitivity to motion ...
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Affirmative action button on right, Dismissive on left ...... unless affirmative is destructive?

It's not contradictory. There are 3 images on the page. If you observe the dialog primary action is usually aligned with what the header is all about. e.g In 1st image, the intention is, "Are you ...
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Support Sign in with Apple or nah?

Don't know the details of the service, but I suppose it would come down to security, privacy, implementation and user demographics concerns. But given that similar services with Google, Facebook and ...
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iOS Segmented Controls

Different design teams. The app store bar is not in the nav bar has a longer title, so I assume it did not fit. The iTunes one, probably a stronger focus on the content to have those pixels ...
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What's the common name of the design pattern used on the home screen of the Apple watch?

It's often referred to as a 'pan and zoom' pattern. You can pan across apps, and zoom in as needed to app 'groups', to make selection easier. As @Greg Whitham correctly mentions, the layout has been ...
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Is the new Apple Music with big fonts good from a usability perspective?

Well, it dominates the space and is eye catching, plus I think is "on trend" at this time, even though it means lower information density in that region. From a purely logical point of view, this ...
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At what percentage of platform usage should I design the specific experience for?

If I were you, I would like to know why it's primarily used on the iPhone and not the iPad. Is it because your users use the app on the go and they don't carry around their iPad? Or is it because the ...
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What are the "success" and "failure" vibration patterns in Apple Watch, and iPhone 7 haptic?

In watchOS Human Interface Guidelines apple provide audio of "success" and "failure" vibration. https://developer.apple.com/watchos/human-interface-guidelines/interactions/#haptic-feedback Apple ...
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The best scroll direction | Apple v.s. Windows

The right direction, in my option, is whatever the user or group feels most comfortable with - you should leave the option up to the target you're dealing with. I use a Mac but I always set the ...
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The best scroll direction | Apple v.s. Windows

Both the platforms assume different mental models. Apple assumes that users are scrolling the view itself and hence it should move in its direction. Microsoft has a mental model of a window blinds. I ...
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