Something was off. I’d been on iOS 10 for a while, but when I tried to delete an app it felt…different.
I immediately reached for the left button, which was…cancel?
Unless my years of muscle memory were wrong, something had changed. So I dug up a screenshot I took on iOS 9:
Wow. Huge changes nobody was talking about:
- Delete moved to the right.
- Delete is color-coded red.
Pretty small details, but usability is made up of details. Two main takeaways:
- In modal confirmations, the confirmation should be on the right. I suspect this has something to do with 90% of people being right-handed.
- Color cues are a great way to reinforce button intent. This means red for a destructive action like delete.
These aren’t new insights, but it’s nice to see them implemented in something as ubiquitous as iOS. Just another reminder of why the little things matter.