iPad: Death of the Interface
Now I'm not overly interested in a massive battle between the Apple-ologists and everyone else right now, but having used an iPad for the first time this week... I am astonished.
One of the new staff brought one in to us to put on the wireless and to say Apple are famed for their UI design, I could have cried.
Firstly: WEP keys are a mix of numbers and letters. Having the numbers on a different screen to the letters therefore means I have to push an extra button almost every time I'm typing. Entering the key is therefore twice as much of a faff as it usually is, and it is anwyay.
Secondly: your key selling point is the fact that the whole display is a touch interface. Given this, I would have thought you could put a sizeable CONNECT button somewhere in all the big grey empty space of the dialog box you proffered. I am not necessarily psychic and able to tell that what I actually have to do is click back into a text entry field, to find that the enter button has magically changed into a JOIN button. This is not obvious. In fact, in a device not short of interface space, this is just stupid. Context controls are fine on my Xbox where I only have so many buttons. You do not have this limitation, so stop designing around a problem you do not have.
Thirdly: when it turns out that you need the hidden network SSID providing in all capitals, then an innovative, forward-thinking feature like Caps Lock would be really bloody handy. It is not a new idea. It is infact a very useful idea. But you are Apple! And you know best. So by all means, force me to tap Shift every single flipping time I have to type a character. Brilliant.
Like I say, I don't want this to turn into a flame war, I just needed to express my astonishment that the interface is taking such a big backwards step in this supposed new era of interaction. Don't get me started on the decision to take colour out of OSX Lion and leave the three circular min/max/close buttons as completely identical...