Black App Borders on a White iPhone - Is it ugly?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by appswipe, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. appswipe, Sep 14, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2012

    appswipe macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2012
    I was going to get White for my iPhone 5 but one thing that's been completely ignored in the media and discussions is how "legacy" apps will look like on the wider screen.

    Phil Schiller showed us how it will work with black borders being used "and you wont even notice they're there".


    Based on the demo it seems seamless... on a black iPhone. But what about on the white iPhone? I wasnt able to find anyone show us how it will look in reality so I whipped up a bad photoshop.


    I have to say that's pretty distracting on white, but what does everyone else think? Would this change your color preference or are you able to ignore the letterboxing?

    Added photos from TheVerge that chembox pointed out
  2. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    The black is a nice contrast so I don't think it's that bad. However, the silverish back looks awful with white which is why I'd go for the black with the "slate" bezel.
  3. bkb1777 macrumors newbie


    Oct 27, 2011
    That exact reason is why I changed from white to black. I have a white 4S and was dead set on getting white, then I decided to get black. Also, cases seem to be made more for black iphones vs white iphones. Just my own opinion of course. :D
  4. Binarymix macrumors 65816

    Nov 1, 2007
    Never thought of that, another reason added as to why I didn't get the white this time, along with the fact that I find the back to be tacky as hell with the white/silver.
  5. Vegastouch macrumors 603


    Jul 12, 2008
    Las Vegas, NV
    I think its an App i wouldnt use and i like the white phone better. Also looks like a screw up and hes trying to play it off saying you wont notice it.


    White goes with everything so i dont agree there.
  6. chembox macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2010
    Both colors look pretty sleek and amazing, however, coming from a black iPhone 4, I'm going with white/silver, and I think it looks really good.



    Border effect: [​IMG]

    The black borders are a temporary issue, just like non-retina apps in iOS 4. Chances are, if an app isn't being supported and upgraded to iOS 6 compatibility, I'm going to delete it.
  7. appswipe thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2012

    But compare that to Schillers demo on a black iPhone where its not nearly as noticeable.

  8. TM WAZZA macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    Yet another reason why black would be the choice

    I'm not a white iPhone hater, I have a white 4S ;) but 5 is clearly better in black
  9. MVallee macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I was originally going to get a white but ended up getting the black again. The letter boxing was part of the decision. Also I like how the front of the black one looks sleek when it's off. You don't see the camera and speaker and the screen. It just disappears better. I figured the same would apply for the letter boxing depending on how fast people update their apps.
  10. krizko macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2009
    The smudges / fingerprints on the black iPhone has always been far more of an issue for me than this letterbox issue will be, I think.
  11. Codepiink macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2010
    Westchester County, NY
    Like Phil said in the keynote, the app developers weren't given enough time to make a newer app to fit the dimensions of the iPhone 5 screen, that's the only reason you have the black borders. It seems silly to me to base your phone color choice on whether or not those temporary borders will be noticeable or not...
  12. Radeon85 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2012
    South Wales, UK
    I wouldn't even worry about the letterbox issue, most apps will be updated quickly anyway, same as when retina came out. Developers aren't going to want poor reviews.

    I ordered the white iPhone 5 one as the original iPhone 4 black got on my nerves being covered in fingerprints even with clean hands, the 4S white was a huge improvement as fingerprints were almost non existent apart from the screen. Thats why I went for white again.

    The new black one is stunning though and I almost went for it.
  13. tigress666 macrumors 68040

    Apr 14, 2010
    Washington State
    Here's a reason I thought might suck about the black (I prefer the black and always prefer black when it comes to anything with a screen).

    Anodized aluminum in my experience ends up having the color wear off and start looking really old and worn out. And scratches easy and they show up really easy on the color. At least with the white one it's just the aluminim color so the scratches won't show up as easily.
  14. 7even macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2008
    This. I know the black bars would bother me no matter the color of the phone around it, but the apps I use most often will be updated quickly enough.
  15. iregret macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2012

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