User Interface changes don’t seem focused enough on user experience.

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by betabeta, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. betabeta macrumors 6502a

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    Apple is doing some cool things, but to me it seems additions or changes are no longer focused on users and making a simple User Interface, making tasks easier. Moving control center to the top is not making it easier it’s a sacrifice for the swipe up home button, so now CC is from the top. Why not have it in the swipe up with multitasking just like iPad, then is unified between devices and also easy. Swipe down is different on different iPhones and on iPad. It’s almost like the iOS team is working apart from each other, or having to make rushed decisions.

    I know people will be doing the swipe up on the iPad for home button and swiping up on the iPhone for control center, then even swiping down on the right top for CC on iPads...etc.. it’s just odd UI choices.

    There has to continue to be UI consistency between devices, I mean sure there will be minor differences but overall it should flow the same and be simple.

    Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should and sometimes not doing something is the best, or waiting until you can do it without making concessions or sacrificing ease of use.

    The UI is constantly getting more complicated, even the swipe down on keys to get numbers on iPad is nice, but I do find myself just hitting the keys seeing those numbers so I end up with “wpqu” for 2017:p

    He wasn’t always right, but Steve Jobs left out features we all wanted or waited until it made sense to him change hardware or software. The main reason he made iOS on iPad almost identical to iPhone was to make it easy, I actually hated it, thought the home screen could be better utilized on the larger screen and still do, but maybe he was right in larger view of everything and everyone. If something to him was not right for almost everyone, he would say no (of course it was his choice and wasn’t always right). But the original iOS UI was more unified and way easier, of course with less functionality.

    I just hope with such an expanded work force, and less control from a single person, they don’t lose the laser focus on simplicity and not change for the sake of change. The UI seems rushed in places just make the new design work.

    Focus is saying no, and not trying to too much too soon, the UI is fragmented and needs some laser focus.
     
  2. Feenician macrumors 601

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    I think you make some good points OP with regard to the consistency of the experience. As of the release of iPhone X we will effectively have three different experiences (iPad with dock and multtasking, pre-X with button, X with swipe gestures and CC in a different place entirely).

    I agree with your last paragraph too.

    I think we’re in a moment where’s there painful change. Older hardware will effectively be running a legacy vision of the OS and the iPhone X and iPad will diverge from that but unify with each other to some extent. At least I hope so.
     
  3. mazdamiata210 macrumors 6502a

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    That's what happens when you just throw everything together without any real thought as to why?

    Function should ALWAYS take priority over form/looks and that's what Apple lost.
     
  4. GreyOS macrumors 68040

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  5. Dave-Z macrumors 6502a

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    @GreyOS,

    I rather like that. If I could have that, along with the slide up from the bottom for multitasking on all my devices (even those with the home buttons like the iPhones before the X) it would be amazing.

    The swipe down has to be sticky though (remember which of those three panes was selected and return to it next time). This new setup where it never remembers is annoying.
     

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