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Very Bad Interface Ideas

October 12th, 2009 (10:26 am)
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Bruce Tognazzini has designed an improved app management UI for the iPhone. Apparently, the current UI (a) has a hard limit of 180 apps, and (b) offers no good way to organize them. In the latest version of the OS, Apple provides a solution for this: you can search for apps, and you can have "invisible" apps that don't show up in the list, so they don't count against your 180-app limit.

However, if you search for an app, you have to know its name. The example he gives is that the AAA app isn't called "AAA"; it's called "Roadside".

In other words, it's a command line. They've taken a Unix kernel, put a gorgeous UI on top of it, gotten people to go, "ooh, ahh, pretty, here's my money"...and then discovered that their UI is so limited that it needs a command line after all.


Posted by: Hey You (martianfencer)
Posted at: October 14th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)


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