Apple uncovered the highly anticipated iPhone X at an event that also called for the 10th anniversary of the release of the iconic first iPhone in 2007. Until now the company’s odyssey has been quite smooth and promising, but the introduction of new iPhone X has virtually changed things considerably. In other words, the UI designers have a lot on their plate regarding the changes in interfaces and mobile apps in order to cater the new requirements.
However, this is not something to worry about, but developers should consider this as an opportunity to hone their iOS mobile app development and design skills.
As for this discussion, we are going to discuss the features and specifications that UI designers should work on to implement changes in the iPhone X.
The New iPhone X Artboard Size
After eliminating the home button from the phone, developers stretched the screen height by 20%. The increase means that a 145 pt.of additional space is available for designers.
In other words, when designers are working on iPhone X, they should create artboards through Sketch or Photoshop with a resolution of at least 375x812. Apparently, designers are required to go through the updated artboard guidelines to stay abreast with the shift.
Assets Matching the New Pixel Density
Given the new Super Retina Display resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels, i.e., 458 ppi, the display of the new iPhone X is not only larger, but also brings another challenge where the resolution is higher as compared to the display size.
For a UI designer, it means to export assets @3x rather than the previously used @2x. Agreeably, the task sounds quite tedious and complex, but with any other upgrade in technology, there comes new workarounds to do things. Professionals will surely find it more tempting when working through this new convention.
The Display Shape
As stated above regarding the bigger display in the new iPhone X, also note that it has rounded corners along with a small chunk removed from the top to incorporate the spacing for sensors and front camera. The scalloped top edge bifurcating the status bar calls another challenge for the designers.
Also see that the vertical height associated with the status bar has jumped from 22 pt. to 44 pt., hence, providing a considerable margin from the rounded corners.
In order to usher such changes, Apple has suggested the developers and designers to revise any prior decision to aid them in hiding the status bar. Another aim from this trend is to not make these display inconsistencies prominent.
The New Aspect Ratio
The new phone’s aspect ratio is also bigger in height and width when viewing through the landscape mode. This indicates that any kind of artwork that was produced to run on previous models will appear aesthetically quite weird and inappropriate.
This is why industry experts often advise that professional UI designers should separate assets for particular aspect ratios.
To answer the lack of hardware buttons, Apple installed various system-based gestures that, obviously, require some space. However, several tips have been put forward to prevent such issues. First, the home indicator shouldn’t be hidden, second, the designers shouldn’t incorporate interactive buttons near the home indicator.
Correct Referencing of Authentication Method
The authentication method is another major issue that needs a thorough addressing from UI designers. In the process of designing for iPhone X, you need to alter any authentication mentioning that commends Touch ID for reading Face ID. Furthermore, the fingerprint scanner has been replaced with a face scanning technology.
Impressive Colorful Bundles
Professional UI designers should prefer Display P3 Color Space which provides a plethora of color display, options that are best for the new iPhone X. Therefore, you shouldn’t depend on the sRGB color space as it fails to present the required display that aligns with the hardware requirements of iPhone X.
A number of iPhone X apps rely on the system-based UI aspects including tables and navigation bars. However, the apps incorporated with custom layout should be sought featuring the layout requirements. In short, employing a design that affirms with the suggested secure points approved by Apple.
Professionals have access to numerous margin layout guidelines to help them transit their design methodology with the trendiest practices. Additionally, you can now also benefit from the new augmented reality kit (ARKit) released by Apple. It encourages users to experiment with physical surroundings by using various 3D objects and blending them with the environment.
Apparently, iPhone X enlists a number of top apps primarily created and optimized for this new big thing in the industry, but there is a lot more to be done when it comes to elevating the user interface and experience. The above mentioned features are just a chunk of the major changes required along with further improvements. Designers and developers can start by reviewing the Apple’s guide in order to learn the trendiest practices and upcoming challenges.