Putting the iOS Human Interface Guidelines in Context

Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) aim to be the definitive starting point for designers and developers new to the platform. The company’s approach to the guide is simple—provide a critical mass of information, techniques, and basic methods to get an individual or development team building applications as quickly as possible.

The guidelines set out to make the reader aware of the radically new interaction model that the platform presents. The initial challenge for Apple, when the device was opened up for third-party application development, was to get the platform adopted as a viable ...

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