Why do you think Apple chose green for the caps and number lock keys?

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  1. lu0s3r322 macrumors 6502a

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    I was just wondering since I've been using the caps lock key a lot lately, is there any reason why Apple chose to make them light up green when they are activated? Are they green on the Macbooks (I only have MBP)?

    Even though this won't change the color in the future, I was just wondering because in my opinion, the green just looks out of place on the keyboard. I would have much rather liked a white like the backlit keyboard and have it turn black when the backlight was on. Or if that isn't possible, blue would be my second choice. But green?
     
  2. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    This may be exactly why they used it. If it looks out of place you'll notice that it's on.
    I could be wrong, but it makes sense to me...
     
  3. TequilaBoobs macrumors 6502a

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    green is the color most picked by geniuses as their favorite color.
     
  4. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    They made it green due to it being the color of money and Christmas trees. :p :D
     
  5. Kane.Elson macrumors regular

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    Because pretty much every keyboard I have seen uses green and sometimes red... I can't really remember though I don't pay that much attention to asthetics.
     
  6. Irish Dave macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    Obviously it's because Green is the colour of the Emerald Isle (LOL) :) :)

    Dave ;)
     
  7. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    Well, I can tell you why it's not white: it wouldn't be noticeable when the keyboard was illuminated.

    The hue of the green has changed on the MPB's from the days of the PB. My 12" PB's green lights were lighter and less saturated than my MBP's.

    While I agree blue is "cooler" than green, I appreciate that my MBP doesn't light up like a blue christmas tree like most other PC laptops. HP's are the worst, they have a dozen blue LED's blinding the user. Ridiculous...
     
  8. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    Actually the blue wavelength makes it hard to see properly. I dont know why this is exactly, but if you've ever noticed, blue light up writing is harder to read than most colors. I'm assuming green is one of the easiest to, but I may be wrong.
     
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  10. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Green is right smack dab in the middle of the visual light spectrum.
    IIRC, it's the easiest to see-- that's why night vision goggles are green.

    Then again it's 2:30 am and I just finished decorating a cake and snacking on the nice, rummy frosting...
     
  11. amd4me macrumors 6502

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    Really?
    Green has always been my favourite color.
     
  12. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Green is cheaper to produce.


    This post, and similar future posts, may have been created under the influence of eggnog and brandy sauce.
     
  13. Infinity macrumors member

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    I'm suprised no graphic designers have commented that green is the colour that has the most visible wavelength for humans.
     
  14. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    see quote below.

    And I would say it's because you'd be most likely to see the green if it comes on by accident than say a white. It has to stand out, or so I would think.
     
  15. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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    Since i have hated green always......... Hummmmmmmmmmm
     
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  17. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    You're both very correct... the eye has three types of cells (cones) that see color -- one of them peaks in the red, one peaks in sensitivity in the yellow-green, and the last in the blue. But each has a broad band of sensitivity. Iif you take into account the density of each cell type (there are far fewer blue cells than the other two) and the sensitivity profiles, the eye is most sensitive to sort of lighter greens around where the lights are.

    Also, interestingly, as there are far fewer blue cone cells (around 2% of all cone cells, I think) than red or green, and they're actually not located dead center on the focus spot of the retina, if you actually ever do see patterns (letters, etc), that are illuminated in just high-frequency blue light, it's *very* hard to make out what you're looking at, and it appears kind of ghosty, because you just don't have very many cone cells that can see this light in order to produce a strong perception of the pattern. :eek:

    Also, though, the lights on the keys match the light on the power cable. ;)
     
  18. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    Very interesting, thanks for sharing that information. Are you studying biology of some sort?
     
  19. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Neuropsychology. :) So I'm more interested in the brain than the periphery, but I do have to know all that stuff too. :)

    But interestingly I also did optics once upon a time and all that was a topic of discussion when we were playing with the lasers. :eek:
     
  20. Copland macrumors regular

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    Just to chime in, I have a MacBook and its number lock and caps lock buttons also light up green.

    The explanation about green sticking out and being easiest to process make sense.
     
  21. adrianblaine macrumors 65816

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    I've been noticing that more fire trucks are going to the yellowish green color instead of red. I heard that they are easier to see at night.
     
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  23. TequilaBoobs macrumors 6502a

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    thats a hoax. at first the number of accidents went down when the red changed to green, but that was shown to be the result of a novelty effect. anything that surprises you will draw more attention.
     
  24. TequilaBoobs macrumors 6502a

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    thats promising for you, but remember that doesn't mean youre a genius.:p
    but u could be!
     
  25. TequilaBoobs macrumors 6502a

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    neuropsych rears its ugly head. bad memories, though i did get an A- in that course. :p
     

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