Ken Kocienda from 2001 to 2016 has been a designer at Apple. The fourth of September, 2018, he will present the book “Creative Selection”, which describes the development process of Apple gadgets inside.
According to the published web exclusive excerpt, to develop software for the iPhone was not so easy, and it should look like the keyboard was not obvious.
At the end of 2005, all development of the iPhone was paused. The engineers were put more priority to think about the concept keyboard. Variant Ken Kocienda was almost ruined by Phil Schiller and Tony Fagella that sent the project back for revision.
In October 2005, the majority of software developers do not have the slightest idea of how it will look like the keyboard of your smartphone. The final design of the gadget was not approved. The manual set the task — to create a user interface for a full screen phone with multi-touch.
At that time, the Apple designers have already set the width of the buttons should be at least 44 pixels so that users can print the on-screen keyboard with your fingers. This created some problem, because the developers tried to copy the physical keyboard and to place in each row the same number of keys that made the buttons too narrow.
Despite the fact that the process of developing other elements of iOS was pretty fast, no keyboard greatly hampered the development of the project. So Ken Kocienda have studied many concepts and tried to present his version.
As can be seen on the submitted sketches, first each key was assigned three letters, followed in alphabetical order. Flipping, the user can choose desired symbol.
The next version of the keyboard were assigned to each button on a few characters, and its principle of operation was similar to that used in push-button phones. Kocienda assumed that the software will suggest words like T9.
Despite the fact that Ken’s design was quite similar to the initially approved version, his work was heavily criticized.
The concept did not like either Phil Schiller or Tony Fadell. They sent the design to completion. However, this allowed Kocienda to come up with a simple keyboard, which is quickly recognized by touch. This option was later pretvoren in life.
Read a passage from the book and to pre-order on Amazon — printed copy is of 28.99 $ e – — $ 18.59, or via iBooks for $ 14.99.