Am I the only one who thinks that this is very unusually terrible design for apple?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by fs454, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    Okay, I mean I think the iPad could have been a lot more than it is, but I also think it's going to impress, sell, and be generally awesome, but seriously, this one screenshot just screams "WE DIDN'T TRY TO MAKE THIS UNIQUE AT ALL!"


    Seriously? The stretched iPhone home screen with gross looking extra space? It's very unlike apple to do something like that. Am I the only one who thinks this is gross and tasteless?

    My apologies if this has been discussed to death.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    The strange thing is, that that is not even the iPad.

    it looks like this:

    You can see more OFFICIAL images here:
  3. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
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    What the hell kind of a thread is this? :confused:
  4. Damian. macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2009
  5. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Ah, I see.

    Strange though, that the iPad Simulator looks that way.
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Not really given it's a sim and dosnt need the black boarder as that is what you hold the ipad by.
  7. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I didn't like the iPad at first, but after some thought I may end up getting one. I could really use something like this.

    I don't think the design is terrible. The space between the buttons is a bit odd looking but it actually makes sense. Tablets have failed in the past due to taking a regular mouse based interface and trying to make it touchable. This led to some pretty cumbersome operation, not to mention developers had to develop for a tablet device.

    With the iPad, anything made for iPhone/iPod touch is compatible and after playing with the SDK its not terribly difficult to make something that runs full size on the iPad. The whole iPhone OS is also made specifically for touch interfaces, not mouse interfaces so everything ends up working really well.

    I think a lot of people expected Apple to come out with something that was completely new and unexpected but honestly theres not much to be done with a tablet. You can only integrate so much before the price and weight of the device skyrockets.

    I would like to see one in person.
  8. rekhyt macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
    I have to agree. The exterior design of the iPad was far more impressive to me than the software interface of it.

    Very unusual of Apple. :\

    I was quite disappointed with the interface actually. I was hoping for some cool stuff that was speculated in the blogs and news. (Cool way of reading magazines, websites, etc.) This doesn't really change the way that we interact with content and media-It's just like what other people said. A huge iPod touch with a good exterior design, or a better version of the Kindle.

    On the other hand, I really like how the Contacts, Mail and iBooks(store?) apps were designed. They look really... "Real". iTunes/"iPod"/Music app and Notes was designed terribly though. I expected better from Notes, and iTunes looks absolutely terrible. I could really imagine myself using the Mail and Notes app (Just the typing part though.). The sidebar of the Notes is indescribable.

    The grid formatting of the apps wasn't really good and the unusual appearance of the dock has made me decide to postpone my purchase to the second version of the iPad.
  9. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    The thick black border around it put me off at first, but then I understood the concept of having a place to hold it. A lot of thumbprints are destined for that border, so now it makes sense.

    Seeing some of the videos from the designers was helpful in understanding some of the choices. I don't think it is terrible. Quite the opposite.
  10. monkeyking87 macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2010
    In regards to the software end of things Apple have struck gold with the gigantic popularity of the iPhone so why bother innovating when they could already use an existing interface?

    iPad looks nice in terms of's just nothing new!
  11. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    Same thing happened when the 3GS was launched. People whined and bitched and moaned about the lack of change of design.
  12. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
  13. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    hush your mouth! If Steve Jobs says its a revolutionary new device, then its a revolutionary new device!!!! I vanish you! :rolleyes:
  14. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    This has been discussed to death. Some people love it some people hate it. Just like every other product ever released.
  15. Sandy Santra macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    OP: Yes.

    Please do your homework and read other relevant threads FIRST before posting duplicative threads.
  16. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    The original iPod touch had that funky, Leopardish looking dock when it first launched -
  17. NIPRING macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2008
    Waukesha WI
    But its still selling like hot cakes!
  18. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002
    "Am I the only one who thinks that this is very unusually terrible design for apple?"

    Yes I believe you are.
  19. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    Eaxctly. It sold even better than the 3G.
  20. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    All that empty 'wallpaper' space between may appear to make little sense… but you see that little flower button beside the unlock button? — It turns that wallpaper into a slideshow. If you realize the iPad can act as a photo frame as well, I think it makes sense.

    (But I also do agree that the space could be used for more things such as showing upcoming iCal appointments, the weather, etc.)
  21. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    I dont think it is terrible, but I do think it is an unusually lazy design for Apple. I am referring only to the hardware here, I think it is quite obvious the software was in an unfinished state when demo'd. But the hardware is much more derivative of the iPhone then I expected.

    Perhaps the iPhone/iPod Touch design was just that good that there was nothing to improve? It can be a brave decision for a designer to resist the temptation to change simply for the sake of change and change nothing. Maybe that is what happened here?

    Maybe Apple wants people to consider it 'just a bigger iPhone!' and feel more comfortable moving to it since they already 'understand' how to use iPhone?

    Maybe Steve canned a long running project in the final year of development and they had to scramble to get a workable design together for launch?

    I dont know, but I was surprised by how derivative the iPad's appearance was.
  22. FCDP macrumors regular

    Nov 16, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    I have to say I agree, while the design of the unit itself is definitely apple, the interface leaves much to be desired. The lock screen alone looks horribly ackwerd, as if they didn't bother trying something new, same with the home screen.

    This kind of new lock screen interface and homescreen would have been a dream: Concept UI Video

    From this article on gizmodo: How the Apple Tablet Interface Could (And Should) Work
  23. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    That looks awesome - whoever came up with that truly was thinking outside the box and came up with something that looks cool.

    So why - seriously - why didn't Apple try and make something special/unique?
  24. FCDP macrumors regular

    Nov 16, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    Yeah it's pretty genius. Thinking outside the box is what we're use to expecting from Apple, and are a bit let down by the lack of creativity with the iPad UI.

    He based his UI off of the way we would hold the device:


    Which results in this kind of homescreen:


    And his lock screen is just gorgeous:


    It's clear this guy was thinking the primary orientation would be landscape over portrait.

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