Very thoughtful response Willi.
Jason Ogle

This was only partly about lefties, and even more so about the complexity of gestures. Swiping up or swiping left (iOS 10) are easy enough gestures for anyone to understand. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen, unless you are touching the camera symbol, and swiping up from the camera symbol are gestures that in my opinion are too closely related to one another and because of that are just too complicated. Kind of like the ever increasing functionality of the home button: tap, press, double tap, double press, long tap, long press, tap tap tap press press press tap tap tap; the home button feels like the new click wheel in that it’s hopelessly overloaded with stuff now.

In my opinion, Apple managed the addition of complexity in earlier iOS versions beautifully. It was amazingly elegant how they integrated copy-and-paste, user-multitasking, and later even the notification center and control center in ways that were comfortable, yet completely optional. I’m constantly switching between apps* via double-press or multitouch gesture; and at the same time, my mom uses her iOS devices without even knowing about this feature, just closing apps via the home button. For a long time, iOS contained a lot of additional features, yet could be operated like the old iOS 2.

But adding features as transparently as that only works for so long, I guess. I still think the old lock screen was fundamentally flawed, and the new one is fundamentally solid. I absolutely agree that changing the camera modes should be restricted to touch, not swipe. Then swiping could bring you back to the lock screen (unless you opened the camera app normally). I also think that the notification center is still a mess. It’s duplicated on the lock screen, so naturally its problems are duplicated as well. Maybe that’s a project for iOS 11. The new control center is great though, it’s much clearer and separates controls logically to different cards. I do miss the heart button for the mini music player, but it wouldn’t surprise me if I’m the only one.

Overall I like the direction iOS is heading. I don’t think Apple is worse off without Jobs at all. Time heals all wounds, but if you go back and look at screenshots from 2010, you’ll sorely be reminded of the atrocity that was skeumorphic design.

*While I am constantly using the app switcher, particularly on iPad, to this day I still don’t understand if an app will be moved to the left or right of my current app. Keeps things fresh and surprising, I guess.

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