Case Study: Designing a Better Mobile Navigation

I was reminded during last week’s Apple Keynote reveal extravaganza of one of the more obscure features of iOS.

It was on the slide where they were discussing the iPhone’s home button where there was a brief mention made of “Reachability”.

With two taps to the iPhone’s TouchID sensor (See: Home button), the bottom part of your screen is folded down, giving you easier access to the top part of your screen. This was implemented in 2014 with the iPhone 6 and has quietly existed inside iOS ever since.

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The Dumbphone Experiment

Recently, I have been encountered with various resources about how Smartphones are impacting us. I’ve also been encountered with how my own Smartphone usage is impacting me. Put simply, Smartphones are connecting us to others and the world around us in ways previously unimaginable. But this constant connection doesn’t come without cost (And I’m not just talking about data plans).

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