The iOS 10 change no one noticed

Something was off. I’d been on iOS 10 for a while, but when I tried to delete an app it felt…different.

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I immediately reached for the left button, which was…cancel?

Unless my years of muscle memory were wrong, something had changed. So I dug up a screenshot I took on iOS 9:

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Wow. Huge changes nobody was talking about:

  1. Delete moved to the right.
  2. Delete is color-coded red.

Pretty small details, but usability is made up of details. Two main takeaways:

  • In modal confirmations, the confirmation should be on the right. I suspect this has something to do with 90% of people being right-handed.
  • Color cues are a great way to reinforce button intent. This means red for a destructive action like delete.

These aren’t new insights, but it’s nice to see them implemented in something as ubiquitous as iOS. Just another reminder of why the little things matter.

bryant peng
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