Apple Publishes Its 'iOS Human Interface Guidelines' on iBooks

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has published its iOS Human Interface Guidelines to iBooks. The guidelines are Apple's recommendations and suggestions to developers for designing cohesive and usable apps that follow similar user interface principles to other iOS applications.

    The company has long offered user interface guidelines, dating back to the original Macintosh, but has recently only offered its iOS 7 guidelines on the Developer Portal. By making them available to anyone via iBooks, the company appears to be looking to inform and inspire more designers.

    An excerpt from the book:
    The iOS Human Interface Guidelines are a free download from iBooks.

    Article Link: Apple Publishes Its 'iOS Human Interface Guidelines' on iBooks
  2. macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2012
    No iOS 8 @ WWDC?

    It suggests that they do not intend to introduce a major version of iOS at WWDC this year.

    Seems odd that they would publish a version of the HIG that will be outdated in three weeks - if iOS 8 is introduced at WWDC 2014.

    Unless the reason they're making it public is because it's outdated. But that seems like a stretch to me. There's easier ways of publishing old/archived material, like making the PDF available for download somewhere on
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2012
    iOS 1 through 6 looked largely the same. There's no reason to think that iOS 8 won't follow the pattern and stick with iOS 7's "Human Interface" guidelines.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2010
    Erm.. it's probably not going to change that much!

    Even if it does iBooks update like apps do. So they can add that better notifications pull down or this split screen interface thingy if it happens.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2004
    I still have a copy of the original Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines from 1984.
  6. macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2005
    Virginia suburbs of DC
    I notice that the iOS 6 version of Weather is much easier to read and use than the iOS 7 version. If iOS 8 has the same esthetic and usability problems as iOS7, Apple has not listened to any user feedback. Or at least not to the user feedback that disagrees with Jony Ive.

    Apple loves Jony Ive more than it loves all its customers combined. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be Jony Ive! I admired his industrial design. Then he started trashing user interfaces, and I wish he'd just go away.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Jan 19, 2006
    The iOS 8 HIG won't be public till iOS 8 is released and that is months away.

    Maybe they are pushing it out now so they can test a selective update system with developers, which could indicate all sorts of interesting new features.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Pardon me but in my opinion the iOS 6 weather app looks hideous, iOS 7 is UI/UX design done right.

    About Jony, I remember Steve once said Ive was the most powerful guy at Apple after him :O
  9. macrumors member

    May 13, 2014
    The readability of the weather app in iOS 7 here is due to compression making the text blend with the background - I can assure you it's not an issue on the actual phone and is a million miles better looking than the previous version.

    One criticism of the new weather app, however, is that the status bar is very difficult to read when the top-most city (in list mode) is in darkness (it's night there) because it shows straight through... That part wasn't well thought out.
  10. macrumors regular


    Dec 24, 2011
    lol, what are you talking about. One glance at the iOS 7 version and you can tell exactly what the weather is like. I would argue that the iOS 6 version is more confusing.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2007
    Thin yellow fonts on white background is the new FAD, lot's of punk colors and motion. :cool:
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2011
    I wonder if they'll wait and publish OS X Human Interface Guidelines on the iBooks Store when 10.10 is official, because of the rumored redesign.
  13. macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2011
    All of the images used look as if they have been taken from immediately after the initial public release of iOS 7. For example all of apples App Store apps still have their iOS 6 style icons, keynote 09 is used as a demonstration of keynote on the desktop and the phone app still has the sensible end call button rather than the silly circle we make do with today!
  14. macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2008
    How? They both have the same data. Actually, iOS7 tells you what it is like outside "Mostly Sunny" in this case. So iOS 7 has more data, and in my opinion, is just as easy to read as iOS 6.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
    It's probably because Apple wants to test something.
  16. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Do you have an example of this? I'm looking at the app right now and am not noticing this problem.


    I don't love everything about iOS 7 but people do forget that after Apple ran the iOS 7 video at WWDC it did get a standing ovation from some of the developers. I think the only time anyone stood up at an Apple event was when Steve Jobs came on stage either after coming back from a medical leave or while he was sick (e.g. WWDC 2011). No doubt there are things developers would change but I bet if you took a poll and asked how many would prefer to go back to iOS 6 not many would.
  17. macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2010
    The new weather app is pretty, but it's less usable. The text is much harder to read in many areas, and its layout is almost devoid of organization. When you need more info than the background weather fx conveys, it actually takes more time and mental effort to find and absorb it compared to the older app. It's like a work of art instead of a tool. Pretty. Not efficient. Prettiness awes initially, but tools actually stay useful.


    Your assurances are bologna. It is harder to read. Period. Impossible to read? No. But less legible than the iOS 6 weather. Irrefutably.
  18. macrumors 68030

    Nov 13, 2011
    iOS 6 at a glance tells me all I want to know. Guess I'm a picture type of guy. iOS 7 I have to read. Stop look read. For what its worth thats how it works for me and plenty of others I know.

    The bordering, shading and boxing in of stuff in iOS 6 is there to make things more readable. They serve a purpose to draw the eye quickly. I like that. iOS 7 is like looking at water and everything blending into it.
  19. .X.
    macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2014
    Agreed, the iOS6 version is not only much easier to read, it is also much better looking.

    This. He managed to completely ruin a perfectly fine and gorgeous UI.

    I like the new functions in iOS7, but the design? Ugh... Worst thing I have seen in a very long time. I'm shocked they let this happen.
  20. macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2013
    For me, the iOS 6 Weather app always looked like it was night. More legible (and that was partly due to less information with better text) but more oppressive.
  21. B4U
    macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2012
    Dear iOS app developers:

    Just in case you don't know how to fuglify your app, here is a guideline for you.
  22. macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    An excerpt:

    "Make many of your labels look like buttons, and make many of your buttons look like labels."
  23. hipnetic, May 14, 2014
    Last edited: May 14, 2014

    macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2010
    I agree. Just using this Weather app as an example, with iOS6, I could quickly launch the app, look at the weekly forecast and see a very clear pictorial representation of a sun, or partly cloud, or rain, or whatever and my brain would recognize it in less than a second and I could turn the phone back off. With iOS7's wireframe icons, I have to look at each day's icon more carefully to determine exactly what it's depicting. Are they impossible to interpret? Of course not. But there's a noticeable difference in the effort required to interpret them. This is supposed to be progress?
  24. macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    I don't have that, but I do still have their interactive CD-ROM "Making it Macintosh: The Human Interface Guidelines Companion" from 1993, which was a lovely thing indeed.
  25. macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    More bad news for iOS 6 fans then.

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