Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The stupidest UI element Apple has ever made.

The stupidest UI element Apple has ever made.

Now, I have to say, I don't usually like to bash companies products. Most of the time, they are still well-engineered products, that we can learn from in some way. Safari is like that. I of course find Firefox to be a better browser, but Safari is the picture of what a browser should be like on OS X.

But it's not perfect. I would like to draw your attention to this remarkably dumb ui element, that I am still pondering the reason behind Apple's decision. Unfortunately, for them it is too late to change it, which would confuse users even more. Anyway, without further ado, the picture:

Take a look at where the arrow is pointing. If you looked just at that, you would be sure that we are on the "history" tab page... But we are not. Instead we are in the "Top Sites" page. What?!?!

This is the most annoying thing I have ever seen. Has Apple not heard of "standards".

A. Darker colors imply the selected element.

B. Making things look pressed in also implies the selected element. Not only is the History tab darker, but appears pressed in next to the other tab.

Why Apple did this I don't know, but I can say this has caused confusion even for me (and that doesn't happen very often).

Now, just because this post is a little too short, let's look at the second-most-rediculous thing Apple has made.

Looks a lot like a button to eject your phone right? Well it is, and isn't. Instead, about 3/4 of it is for selecting your phone to add music, apps, and whatever else on it. However, the last 1/4 is meant to eject your phone.

You don't even know how long after updating iTunes I was trying to figure out how to add my music to my phone. I looked for the device in the sidebar, not there. Then I see this little icon. "Eject your phone, kind of pointless when I can't SELECT it." I thought annoyed at this point.

Eventually, I had to end up Googling "How to sync music to your phone, iTunes 11" in order to find out that you have too click on the "eject" button, just not the "eject" icon...

Yikes Apple. Please be careful.

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