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Apple John Gruber illustrates the dangers of not having a clue about history: "The utter simplicity of the iOS home screen is Apple's innovation. It's the simplest, most obvious 'system' ever designed." Thanks for playing.
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RE[3]: To be fair
by MOS6510 on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: To be fair"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Bubbles, unless it's a game that features Michael Jackon's monkey, are not in iOS as far as I know. You can't change icons. Apps can change them though, but it's not like they change them in to something completely different causing confusion for the user.

Folders are in iOS, but they are optional. You don't have to acquire this skill to operate an iOS device.

I have a lot of experience using Palm and iOS devices. On the easy-to-hard scale of usability I would rate them very close to each other, but to me the iOS screen looks more simple.

If you have learned to use one I'm pretty sure you have no problem using the other. iOS does have more things you can do, most not mandatory to use the device, but they are easily learned.

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RE[4]: To be fair
by JAlexoid on Wed 20th Feb 2013 12:01 in reply to "RE[3]: To be fair"
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2009-05-19

Bubbles, unless it's a game that features Michael Jackon's monkey, are not in iOS as far as I know.

You don't know what are notification bubbles? Are you sure you own an iOS device?

You can't change icons. Apps can change them though, but it's not like they change them in to something completely different causing confusion for the user.

Waaaayyy to contradict yourself, dude.

iOS screen looks more simple

Looks vs operates, are two different things.

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RE[5]: To be fair
by MOS6510 on Wed 20th Feb 2013 12:12 in reply to "RE[4]: To be fair"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12


You don't know what are notification bubbles? Are you sure you own an iOS device?


Ah, notifications. I guess you're a Windows user and call those balloons bubbles.

Yes, I do own iOS devices and they do show me notifications, but I've never had the urge to call them "bubbles", because they don't look like bubbles.

"You can't change icons. Apps can change them though, but it's not like they change them in to something completely different causing confusion for the user.

Waaaayyy to contradict yourself, dude.
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I see no contradiction. Reading your other comments attached to this story it seems you get confused by the calendar app showing the current date while the weather app launches the weather app.


"iOS screen looks more simple

Looks vs operates, are two different things.
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I have a number of iOS and Palm devices. You turn them on, they show icons, you press an icon, the app starts. iOS can do more, but you don't need to have this knowledge to use the device. Never mind all those extra's, the real functionality is with the applications. Take those away and the device becomes pretty useless. The iOS extras are easy to learn and there aren't that many.

IMHO the iOS screen looks more simple than the Palm one. Not that the Palm one is difficult to understand, it's quite simple too and that's a good thing.

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RE[4]: To be fair
by pandronic on Thu 21st Feb 2013 12:41 in reply to "RE[3]: To be fair"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

You don't have to acquire this skill to operate an iOS device.


I'm confused. You think that's a good thing or a bad thing?

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RE[5]: To be fair
by MOS6510 on Thu 21st Feb 2013 12:44 in reply to "RE[4]: To be fair"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I think it's a good thing.

It's good if you are almost instantly able to operate a device and as time progresses learn the more advanced features.

I guess it's even a must these days as manuals are rare and if you find a very brief one most people don't even bother reading it. People expect that they are able to use something at once.

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