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Stupid Usability #2

iPhone Upgrade…indeed!

Written By: High Monkey
Posted: 11/11/2013

From the mind of Jared Vander Hook, Consultant at High Monkey:

Recently I upgraded to the new version of the iPhone operating system, iOS7.  After using it for a while, I wanted to share one of my frustrations:

The old iPhone calendar was great. I always had it in “Month” view. From here I could easily find the month I wanted using the forward and back arrows. As I looked at the entire month, I could easily identify what days had things scheduled via the dot under that date. If I wanted to see what specifically was scheduled on a day I simply selected that day and it gave me a nice, neatly stacked list of all my events directly under the calendar. If I wanted to see what I had going on another day in say a couple weeks, I could simply click on that day to see another nice, neatly stacked list. It was easy, quick and helpful.

Then, they changed it for iOS7 and in my humble opinion, it’s ruined. The calendar view no longer has forward and back arrows, it’s just a long scrolling page. This alone doesn’t bother me, but once I select a day WTF!? No more nice, neat list of events. Now, I only see the calendar of the current week across the top and an hourly view of the day starting at midnight (which is what I see when the day opens), then I have to scroll to see the hour I actually am awake. I can no longer just see a nice neat list of everything scheduled that day. And if I want a day that isn’t the same week I have to click back to the monthly view, click the other day, etc. The new iOS7 calendar feels clunky and takes a lot longer to use.


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Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

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