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[7]: To be fair
by henderson101 on Wed 20th Feb 2013 13:19 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: To be fair"
henderson101
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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[8]: To be fair
by JAlexoid on Wed 20th Feb 2013 13:27 in reply to "RE[7]: To be fair"
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2009-05-19

Why the f***k would I care what Apple calls them? They look like bubbles more than they look like anything else.
There is also the idiom "to bubble up", that works better than badges in the context of notifications.

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RE[9]: To be fair
by henderson101 on Wed 20th Feb 2013 13:49 in reply to "RE[8]: To be fair"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Why the f***k would I care what Apple calls them? They look like bubbles more than they look like anything else.


Because no one who knows anything about iOS would understand what you are talking about. You've already confused at least one person. To me, a bubble ia a notification popup in the notification area in Windows or a bubble hint from either Mac OS X or Windows. Your definition was opaque and makes no sense. They look more like balls to me, or circles. If you'd said "red circles on the icons" I would have understood you, but "notification balloons" sound like you mean the actual pop-up notifications that occur at the top of the screen.

There is also the idiom "to bubble up", that works better than badges in the context of notifications.


Sorry, never heard of it before in that context. I can see that you are "bubbling up" with rage though, so might I suggest you're fighting an empty battle with nothing but a hollow victory. They're called "badges" and you willing them to be bubbles isn't going to change that. To me, a native English speaker, the concept of a "badge" makes a hell of a lot more sense than a "bubble".

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