Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Feb 2013 09:04 UTC
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[5]: To be fair
by MOS6510 on Wed 20th Feb 2013 12:12 UTC 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[6]: To be fair
by JAlexoid on Wed 20th Feb 2013 13:12 in reply to "RE[5]: To be fair"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

because they don't look like bubbles


Really!?!?!?!

Bubble:
http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs46/f/2009/232/9/8/Blue_Bubble_by_hallv...

Balloon:
http://www.csballoon.com/img/purplemet_balloon.jpg

iOS icons with "those" - do they look like ballons or bubbles?
http://i.stack.imgur.com/EQsS5.jpg


I see no contradiction.

Well... Maybe can and can't mean the same in your head.

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.

The operation of both contradict your claim of simplicity. Both show a number. Both numbers mean the content of the app, not part of the logo. One number does not change the other does. You get used to it(like I did), but people get used to SAP Legacy Workbench as well.

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RE[7]: To be fair
by henderson101 on Wed 20th Feb 2013 13:19 in reply to "RE[6]: To be fair"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

No, they aren't "bubbles", nor are they called "bubbles" by Apple in English. They are called "badges" by Apple and any Apple developer worth half their salt.

The concept isn't even hard to understand - "you have X amount of items that you have yet to look at". So for Mail, that is emails. For Calendar that is new appointments. For Messages that is sms/imessage. For other apps, it depends on what the developer is trying to convey - but generally it's going to be "items I have synced for you in some way shape or form."

Edited 2013-02-20 13:21 UTC

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RE[7]: To be fair
by MOS6510 on Wed 20th Feb 2013 13:20 in reply to "RE[6]: To be fair"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I think the problem is that you have no iOS experience. Those "bubbled" numbers are called (notification) badges, the informational messages that appear at the top of the screen are called notifications and can also be found in the notification center. IIRC it's the same with Android. Well, Android borrowed the badges, iOS borrowed the notifications.

Personally I don't think these feature should cause any confusing, certainly not on the long term and users prefer to have them.

Neither the badges or the notifications change the icon grid in such a way that people are not able to launch their favorite apps.

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