There was a post recently from a few friends of HotTips! over at the AT&T Fan Page regarding a video on YouTube that showcased additional iOS 6 functionality presented in the form of a concept video. They seem to enjoy what they see. I disagree. This post is a type of rebuttal to encourage discussion. Enjoy.
iOS 6 debuted with a lot of great features that enhance the smoothness and efficiency of the user experience for their customers. Among those features, including do not disturb, Facebook integration, quick and intelligent access to social sharing, and the new Apple Maps application with vector mapping, turn-by-turn navigation, and live crowd-sourced traffic information with automatic alerts and rerouting, Apple changed the way their users interact with their software. Notice how I didn’t say “added new things that they’ve never done before,” because that isn’t the point. The object of their innovation isn’t to give new. It’s to give better. They’ve done it.
I’ve been using iOS 6 beta since it was first released, and overall I’m enjoying it. The demonstration above doesn’t really add any new features, per say, but instead, it modifies the user experience in the eyes of the video creator, to include a smoother level of productivity.
I like how they’ve used a swipe from the bottom to prompt additional functionality. this is similar to what Zephyr was doing for me while I was jailbroken on iOS 5.1.1. Since updating to iOS 6, this is the one feature I wish I still had access to without the jailbreak functions, because my old iPhone 4 has a home button that’s been acting up lately (it’s a hardware issue, caused by normal usage overtime… I was a bit hard on it).
What I don’t really care for here, however, is how they’ve utilized the functions. These tiles/cards with apps are inefficient, causing far more swiping than necessary. It’s really no different than having 8 or 9 pages on the home screen. Yuck. Not only that, but it’s a poor utilization of system resources to render all of those live-view tiles. Going along with that, users are apparently able to go further into apps such as Safari, which is again an unnecessary feature for the sake of power management.
Another thing I’m noticing here, is that they’ve decided to use the double-tap feature inside Safari to go instantly to full-screen viewing. This isn’t helpful to me. The current object-zoom is far more useful for practical purposes on a small screen. Rather than adding a fraction of an inch more viewing room, why not have the currently “small” content become perfectly sized and positioned for viewing? Makes way more sense the way it is now.
Next is the pop-up windows on apps with notifications. These are designed to show users messages or notifications at a glance on an app-by-app basis.
Isn’t that what notification center already does? Does quite well?
Why do you want to slow down the process of application interaction? You’ve gone through so much trouble to design a system that you feel will move you from one app to another more swiftly, only to slow us all down with pop-up windows on the apps themselves? It almost forces us to address notifications from others before doing what we want to do, which was the same issue we were all facing with notifications on iOS 4 and before.
Next is what they are calling “Flipcons,” which is just silly and useless. Yes, it’s a ‘nifty’ graphical effect, but it offers nothing new to me, and I’d surely attempt to disable it immediately. What this reminds me of, is the “oooh and ahhh” effects that programmers attempt to put into Android. Effects like video backgrounds; useless. That’s not what iOS needs. The entire purpose behind the efficiency of the operating system is simplicity that compliments function to streamline my workflow. The graphical effects are being added here “to be cool,” which isn’t something I’m interested in.
A lot of people will likely love these new additions. The implementation of “Mission Control” would be quite interesting to see occur, as long as it’s not as tedious to manage as demonstrated above. The way it’s implemented in the video would be appropriate for the iPad, or any device for a larger screen. On a phone, it makes the feature a burden to use, and not a convenience. Put the processes in a list, or an icon view (like how the quick access bar is now, only with the entire screen). Or, in a conservative light, just allow the quick launch bar to be prompted with a swipe up. That’s good for me.
What do you think of the features above? I’ve given my opinions… Now I’d like to discuss yours. Leave me a comment below and tell me how wrong I am. :D
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