Demonstration of A Recent Uber Update for iOS

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For many, Uber is essential for reliably traveling from one place to another. In this podcast, Chris Judd highlights some of the changes in the most recent update to the app.

Here is a link to the Uber app for iOS.

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9 Comments

#1 Nicely done Chris

Hi Chris, very informative, awesome job on the podcast. Decent recording technique too. i don't mean to offend you, I'm only saying you did well. :) You explained things so well, I think i'll just, go somewhere now. :p

#2 Awesome job! To let you know

Awesome job! To let you know what Uber pool is, Uber pool is a uber option only available in some markets where you ride with passengers that are going in the same direction as you.

#3 Nice

Nicely Done. My Uber app now has a schedule ride button as well and the report Voiceover or talkback issues. Not sure why yours didn't.

#4 Swipe vs. Touch Navigation

Club AppleVis Member

Thanks for the demonstration. Just a quick note: I really wish people would start demonstrating by using explore by touch instead of swiping. You make the comment that, in previous versions, people had to swipe all the way to the bottom for something but if people know exactly where each item is on the screen, it makes for a much faster and more efficient user experience all across the board. It is not the fault of app developers if there are numerous swipes to arrive at something; learning precise locations of objects is the responsibility of the user. Just something for people to think about. Thanks!

#5 Why explore by touch might not be the best way for demonstration

Everyone uses their iPhone differently and everyone has a different level of skill. Not everyone is good with spatial information so explore by touching may actually be slower. When you also take in the number of apps a person has each one having a different screen layout it would take so long to learn and memorise them and if the app is updated you have to relearn the screen layout. I also think that showing each ellament by swiping is alot faster than tapping around the screen. You said "learning precise locations of objects is the responsibility of the user." So wouldn't that fall under touching and exploring a screen? Demonstrations are to get an idea of the app and a rough idea of how to use it but you won't really know how to use it untill you get it and explore for yourself.

#6 Very true, re explore by touch verses swiping

When I learned how to use my iPod Touch back in 2012 the method I learned was by swiping to different elements and double-tapping. I seriously tried the explore by touch method, and found swiping was actually faster for me. I seriously hope this doesn't turn into a debate about iPhone usage...everyone seriously does learn differently. I think instead of harping on the method used, we should be saying thank you to Chris for such a great and informative podcast! Awesome job man.

#7 In Response to Jeff

Club AppleVis Member

Hello, I could have taken a different approach in the wording of my post. Personally, for me, I have found that when I took the time to learn the locations of specific buttons, I operated my phone much more quickly and efficiently. I also strongly believe that this would be the case for most people, if they only put the time into it. I do, however, recognize one's right to choose whichever way they wish to use and also that not everyone has the same spacial orientation abilities.

You also said that swiping for a demonstration is faster than explore by touch. Sure, if you don't know the layout of the program. Even then, it technically slows you down because of the additional gestures you have to perform, when if you knew the location of the item, you can touch that spot to verify then double-tap to activate. This is much faster if you have an app with ten items and you have to swipe to the last one.

There are times when buttons are super small and no matter how I try, I always miss it or actually have to feel around for it. With these, I'll touch the item next to it then swipe just once.

Again, I'm just expressing my opinion and am not harping on the author of the podcast at all. I'm just advocating for the method which I think is the most efficient for VoiceOver users. Thanks for reading!

#8 Another thought on robert's comment

Hi Robert. My only problem with exploring by touch as I tend to do that, is with Uber for instance sometimes the app is sluggish so you might get the info faster via a swipe. I hope they do fix this, as personally an app should never be sluggish if you're running an Iphone six or newer. Just my two cents worth.

#9 A thorough and reassuring podcast

All debates aside, what I liked most was that for me, someone who hadn't independently used Uber before, the podcast gave me a great comfort level. I'm an experienced iDEVICE user, but when it comes to using apps that separate me from my money, I'm cautious. Don't want to tap on or click the wrong thing. This podcast made me feel much more secure about using the app.