First of all, thanks for all your work updating the Clear app! It’s been a smooth transition for me (did not lose any data) and I appreciate getting back some of the legacy themes I unlocked (though I really miss the Temple Run and Letterpress themes!). Love the new haptics and the general polish of Clear 2.0.
However, as a long time user (Clear has been on my home screen since 2013), there are a few things which really bug me. They bug me enough that I wish you guys had released Clear 2.0 as a separate app, so that I could continue using the original Clear.
The new zooming animations are way better than they were in the betas, but they don’t give the same crisp feeling of the original Clear.
Part of it is the speed of the animation (I think it could be faster), but part of it is that it lacks the feeling of lists “snapping” into place.
In the original Clear, the folding animations gave the feeling that lists were snapping into place. It gave the feeling of fast and precise movements, like futuristic origami. It felt tactile, like I was actually manipulating the little panels and making them fold, slide, expand and collapse (when pinching in/out). Moving between lists now feels sluggish.
I find myself using the invisible button a lot now. Don’t get me wrong, I think the button’s a fantastic feature, especially since iPhone screens are all so big now! But I also find that I’m using the invisible button because I no longer find joy in Clear’s gestures. Hope you guys can address this in some way in the future!
- List Titles
The list titles really need to look different from the list items. Right now, the list title just looks like the top item in the list.
In the original Clear app, it was visually clear what the title of the list is. The title was centred, in smaller font (making it space efficient) and on a black background. The black background along the top also made the notch/Dynamic Island beautifully “disappear”. See attached screenshot from The Verge’s coverage of Clear 2.0.
And can we please have the status bar back? I.e. the time, cell signal, wifi signal, and battery icons at the top? We had it in the original Clear (as you can also see in the screenshot). It’s incredibly annoying to have to exit the app just to check the time or figure out if my cell signal has dropped.
Those are my main gripes with Clear 2.0. But overall very happy that this app is back in a big way (even though I think it has lost some of its character along the way). Thanks guys.