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iPhone X Reveals the Pros and Cons of Gestures

By Adam C. Engst
http://tidbits.com/article/17664

The most radical interface change on the iPhone X is the disappearance of the familiar Home button, which frees up a lot of space for a larger display. But the loss of the Home button means that Apple had to replace its functions with a variety of new gestures. Raluca Budiu of the Nielsen Norman Group explores the interface challenges that gestures face, including discoverability, memorabilty, and swipe ambiguity. Although Budiu identifies some areas where Apple’s approach with the iPhone X stumbles, she praises the Home line as a reminder of the iPhone X’s new gestural needs. If you have or are getting an iPhone X, it’s worth reading this piece to understand how it changes the iPhone user experience.

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Re: TidBITS: iPhone X Reveals the Pros and Cons of Gestures

Marc Zeedar-2


> On Dec 5, 2017, at 10:17 AM, TidBITS Articles <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> But the loss of the Home button means that Apple had to replace its functions with a variety of new gestures.

In general I haven’t had any issues with the new gestures, except on the weekend I was playing the with Halide camera app — supposedly updated for the X — and found that no matter what I try, I cannot adjust the “shadow” slider which is at the very bottom of the screen. Whenever I try, iOS always thinks I’m swiping on the “home” bar and tries to switch me to a different app instead of sliding the slider.

So some interfaces need to be rethought for the X.


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Re: TidBITS: iPhone X Reveals the Pros and Cons of Gestures

Wim Wijnberg

I have somewhat of a similar issue with Photo edit on my now almost ancient i-phone (6+).

Trying to crop the picture I make a lot of swipes to reposition the edge bars and the phone either ignores them or moves the entire picture.

This just confirms that photo editing on the i=phone is not very useful or user friendly.

I am still using an old version of Adobe Elements (6) on my Mac and that does for me what I need/want to do.  I rarely go beyond snapshots. 


Wim


In general I haven’t had any issues with the new gestures, except on the weekend I was playing the with Halide camera app — supposedly updated for the X — and found that no matter what I try, I cannot adjust the “shadow” slider which is at the very bottom of the screen. Whenever I try, iOS always thinks I’m swiping on the “home” bar and tries to switch me to a different app instead of sliding the slider.

So some interfaces need to be rethought for the X.





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Re: TidBITS: iPhone X Reveals the Pros and Cons of Gestures

Mr. Seth Anderson

On Dec 5, 2017, at 2:59 PM, Wim Wijnberg <[hidden email]> wrote:

So some interfaces need to be rethought for the X.

Yes, the same with the Hipstamatic App (in “classic” view) - I find it very challenging to leave the app as the “go back to home screen” line is where some pre-existing buttons are located. For the first day or so, I had to launch Siri to open another app as I couldn’t find the line at all.



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