Mr Speaker

Swipe to delete

Here's one from the "hey-how-did-I-do-that?"department. I'm not sure what version of iOS this feature was introduced, but I accidentally discovered that on standard apps you can swipe left or right on a list item to reveal a "delete" button.

This is a far more satisfying interaction than the old way, which bombarded the page with a phalanx of red "arm-for-deletion" buttons (that still remains on the standard weather app). The new design is a lot more gentle - and show that someone is still thinkin' hard about how to make a good experience better.

The only downside is I now have to revisit a bunch of old HTML5 mobile web apps and update them.


  1. “‘m not sure what version of iOS this feature was introduced”
    It’s definitely been there since iOS 3 and I’m pretty confident that it was included in iOS 2.0 as well. A search for it, reveals that people were trying to do it, so at least Apple had the ability to do it (and I do think that it was in the SDK too).

    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 6:09 am | Permalink
  2. Well, one new feature of 4.3 is they have almost completed their transition to Comic Sans for the Notes application!

    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Permalink
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