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iPhone X’s Loaded User Experience Could End Up Backfiring On It
By Mikelle Leow, 08 Nov 2017
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The iPhone X comes loaded with many new features— which explains why it sells so well. For this very reason, however, it could also mean that Apple is giving users far more than what they really need.
Jesus Diaz suggests in an article on Co.Design that the iPhone X might be rife with unnecessary complexities, and that the phone is mostly “fluff over function.”
He punctuates his suspicions with this complicated “cheat sheet” provided by the Wall Street Journal:
Image via JoannaStern
The removal of the home button has possibly taken away the intuitive qualities that iPhones have always been known for.
“You’re looking at a UX disaster, the result of eliminating what is probably the simplest, most intuitive form of navigation ever implemented in consumer electronics: the iPhone’s home button,” Diaz says. “This is bad news, because this interaction is a fundamental part of the user experience.”
Apple’s simplistic UX used to be its drawing point—the company made computers accessible and easy-to-use for the general public. Now, Diaz regrettably adds, “you have to know to cast spells like Dr Strange.”
Apple’s intentions to keep its phones appearing minimal, and yet packed with bigger and more powerful features, might leave it to abandon one key characteristic of excellent design: user experience.
[via Co.Design, images via various sources]
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