Quick thoughts on iPhone UI changes

Webclips? Meh.

UI for editing homepage — the jiggling icons on represent.. what, exactly? Does this really feel natural to anyone? Is the idea that they needed to have some way to represent “edit mode” without occupying screen real estate?

Moving the “+” button on Safari down to the bottom toolbar is a nice touch — it lets you add bookmarks without scrolling to the top of the page. It would have been even nicer if they allowed you to access the URL bar without scrolling. (I sometimes find myself on webpages with hundreds of comments on them. Scrolling up to the top to access the URL bar is AWWWFFFUUUULLLL!)

The new location feature for maps is awesome.

3 Responses to “Quick thoughts on iPhone UI changes”

  1. Tom Lee

    Gotta disagree with you about the jiggling icons. As soon as I saw that, it felt perfect at the gut level. Jiggly == fluid == moveable/editable. Doesn’t get much simpler or intuitive.

  2. sho

    Interesting! More proof that different visual effects evoke different responses in different people.

    I realize that “fluid” is the feeling they were going for, but it just doesn’t feel that way to me. To me, it feels more like “brownian motion” or “earthquake” or “dance party”. And seeing the icons shake gives me a subtle feeling that something is broken.

  3. James

    I’m with you Sho on the jiggle confusion… so is my wife. We both went “huh?” when my icons turned into a Jell-O commercial.

    I still can’t come up with anything simple enough that doesn’t evoke a giggle out of most people so I guess it’s the best we’ve got for the moment?

    BTW, I see that current politics is evoking the same sort of emotions as it is in me, you should check out my blog I think you’d like it.

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