We’ve had a few comments from users requesting that we don’t use splash screens on our iPhone apps so that they can get to the app faster.
However the truth is that developers use splash screens to mask the loading times of their apps. Our reasoning for using them is threefold:
- to give you something to look at while the app is loading
- we put a lot of work into our icon designs and splash screens give you a chance to get a better look at them
- branding – hopefully if you own more than one of our apps you’ll realise they’re by the same people as soon as you see the splash screen
Looking at the apps on my iPhone it seems to be split about 50/50 between those that have splash screens and those that don’t.
Noticeably Apple don’t use them – when I launch my Calendar or iPod app I’m looking at a blank screen for about 3 or 4 seconds – but then Apple don’t use them on their desktop applications either whereas most 3rd party developers do – I see the PhotoShop and Microsoft Word loading screens numerous times each day and think nothing of it.
So, what do you think? Would you rather look at a blank screen or a splash screen? Would you like to see us try and do something different with them? The splash for AboutTime is designed to be more in keeping with the look of the app itself – an old leather book cover that turns back to reveal the time underneath…
Let us know your thoughts.