Are you happy with Apple's UI. Or does it need a refresh?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jdl8422, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. jdl8422 macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2006
    I've been reading about all the new smart phones coming out. I have been seeing alot of the HT Hero. I don't plan on getting rid of my iphone for this phone, but I am a fan of the UI (Based on pics, not hands on). Im wondering if anyone else feels like Apple's UI is getting stale. There hasn't been a significant change since the launch of the iPhone. Im hoping these new phones make Apple step their game up a little. What does everyone else feel about it.
  2. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    Plenty of phones copy it so it can't be that bad ;)

    If it's functional and efficient I see no reason to change it, besides it's not exactly old.
  3. psywzrd macrumors 68030

    Feb 6, 2008
    I definitely feel like it needs a refresh. Swiping across multiple screens to get to an app is kind of annoying and using Spotlight isn't always ideal either.
  4. jdl8422 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2006
    I'm not complaining about functionality with the phone. I think it is one of the easiest phones to use. I guess im coming from a graphic standpoint.
  5. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Over the years Mac OS X added Expose, Spaces, and altered the Finder's sidebar.

    Those are refinements, not big changes. They still have the dock. They sitll have windows. They still use a mouse.

    The iPhone needs to grow, and it has been. They added app-arranging. They added spotlight. And in the future they'll add more things.

    The iPhone does need that sort of evolution, but I don't consider that a 'refresh' or a 'change.' So I kind of have to say 'no' to your literal question but 'yes' to the spirit of the question.
  6. blancoBronco macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2009
    South Tampa
    how else could you get to the apps then?

    the UI is fine; it works great, easy to use, there's nothing better
  7. calvy macrumors 65816

    Sep 17, 2007
    Yes, I'm sick of it. That's the only reason I still jailbreak, so I can theme.
  8. tandersn9 macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2009
    If they did something different with notifications I would be happy. I would like a pre-esque notification bar that pops up along the bottom, instead of an intrusive window that interrupts what I'm doing. Gets really old with push enabled on aim...
  9. Stang07 macrumors member


    Sep 18, 2007
    I think so...

    Yes, I think the UI needs a refresh. I would like to see Apple (or an app) provide different themes for the iPhone. At the very least, I would like to set wallpapers for each pages depending upon the category of apps I categorized. But I do accept that the current UI is very funcational and clean.
  10. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    I do wish they'd get rid of the ugly metal mesh on the dock. The reflective glass look of the original iPod touches was much more attractive.

    Notification icons and a quick-access toolbar to turn off EDGE/3G/WiFI/etc. would basically nullify any reason to jailbreak, for me.
  11. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    Certainly some things need changing. Notifications are a mess, the time bar could use a new Mail icon, scrolling round pages of apps doesn't work well and three taps and a button press from the homescreen to turn wi-fi on and off is a nightmare.

    As said above, more evolution than revolution, but there's a lot to fix at the moment.

  12. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    Don't base your ideas on some pictures. I've got some phones in hands which seemed really nice, but when I used it... wow blegh.

    I like the interface, it's clear, it's nice, but more options to make it more customizable and more extendable would be better.
  13. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    graphically I like it a lot and don't want any changes. Functionally, it could use categories given the expanding number of apps on many people's phones.
  14. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    Personally, I think the iPhone needs a quick view page that shows my schedule, emails, tasks, etc. Like a homescreen. I'd be all over the iPhone again if they gave you the option of that over a spotlight screen.

    I have used intelliscreen, but this would be even better since it would just open calendar, email, etc for you when needed. Personally I find that being able to grab my phone and just quickly deal with appointments, tasks, SMS/email count and maybe a handful of quick settings makes me more efficient.
  15. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I'm confident that Apple will eventually allow users to choose a theme, alllow users to create folders, and may even change the look of the app icons at some point. I think that the basic layout will remain the same for years however.
  16. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    I just want a lock screen that will actually tell me something. There's a JB app for it - Apple should build it into the regular OS. [​IMG]

  17. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    Notifications are fine in my eyes, only sad you can just see one. But how the Palm Pre is doing it, that's neither nice too. Mail icons are fine, but the mail app it self can need a upgrade. Scrolling works fine.

    And what do you mean with your WiFi problem? You are two taps away from turning on and off WiFi. With a lot of systems you have to search for this.
  18. whooleytoo macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Cosmetically, it'll probably be constantly tweaked over time.

    Functionally, it'll never evolve to the complexity of a desktop OS; but there are some 'weaknesses'. Some kind of app management is going to be necessary sooner or later. The Mac originally had a flat(ish) filesystem; which evolved as users' file needs grew in scale and complexity. The same will happen with the iPhone.
  19. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed, I like it just fine.

    Yeah, I would really like that as well. I love the Today screen on Windows Mobile devices.
  20. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    I think profile support is needed here. Then you can define WiFi, bluetooth, and ring settings with different profiles.
  21. psywzrd macrumors 68030

    Feb 6, 2008
    That's the point - they may be able to come up with a better way to get to apps. Under the current system, you either swipe or use spotlight - that's it (unless you jb of course).
  22. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Ever hear of folders?

    We need folders.
  23. RollTide1017 macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2009
    Montgomery, AL
    I say no changes but, of course I just bought my iPhone. It is still new too me. Although, I would like more customization options, like changing the e-mail notification sound and adding a wallpaper to all the screens instead of just the lock screen.
  24. jbrucato macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2008
    I'd like it if you could organize your apps in folders so you don't have to swipe across multiple pages to get to an app. Like a games and productivity folder. It would make the whole experience much more streamlined I think.
  25. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040


    Jun 25, 2008
    In my opinion the iPhone needs mail notifications up on the status bar for things like email, SMS or whatnot. Oh and also have the beep or vibrate repeat on an interval you set for a set number of times in case you don't hear or feel it the first time.

    Also, needs a homescreen with all upcoming calendar events, missed calls, emails and whatever.

    Also because some people have so many apps now, they need folders to make it easier than flipping through things. Could even work like stacks on the mac!

    Oh wait...

    If jailbroken people have addressed most of these things.
    Stacks v3

    I even have my own games folder! Got me down to 3 pages with 85 apps. :)

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