iOS 7 UI ruined from overuse of white (but black mockup is beautiful)

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by dxyovak, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. dxyovak macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2013
    My paramount complaint with iOS 7 is the overuse of White. There is way too much and even now (after weeks of familiarity) it's a blinding experience to look at the user-interface (UI). It's hard on the eyes, disorienting when trying to discover what elements are clickable, and aesthetically displeasing. I sure hope Apple fixes this or allows users to adopt a black theme when iOS 7 is finally released.

    I came across this black themed mockup, man it looks good.

    here's link:
  2. AngerDanger, Jul 26, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2013

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    I agree, it's especially noticeable in the Photos and Music apps. I prefer the black:

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  3. rshroff2 macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2012
    Chicago, IL
    I have a white iPhone 5 so I like how iOS 7 is mainly white. But I have seen it on black iPhone 5s and think they should've made a black/dark version for black phones. But I'm sure there will be jailbreak themes to make iOS 7 more suitable for black iPhones.
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    This is probably one of the bigger unfortunate changes. Perhaps this and button borders mentioned in another recent thread. Even somewhat odd and/or inconsistent icons can be sort or overlooked most of the time, but the overuse if white and empty space and essentially just text with some colored text for actionable items is not something you can constantly keep on overlooking as it's always there throughout the OS.
  5. WhackyNinja macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2012
    Kissimmee, FL
    I would love an option to switch from black and white theme in iOS 7. Like WP7 does. Not saying WP7 is good...its sucks but its a good idea imo
  6. betabeta macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2013
    The one thing I hate is going from the white to black in the photos app, and the navigation and tool bars use to go away after a a short time, then you would just touch the screen and they come back...I liked that, now it kinda sucks.

    Yeah, not a huge fan of using so much white, together with that blue color for the words, I'll tell you this UI is going to get tired faster than others before it.
  7. scrmtrey macrumors regular


    Mar 28, 2013
    Maybe Ive is really overuse the white but, outside (on the sun etc..) it looks really nice and clean , much more visible than iOS 6.

    Altough i still love the iOS6 UI.
  8. KeanosMagicHat macrumors 65816


    May 18, 2012
    Completely agree with the above, especially early in the morning, or late at night.

    I doubt Apple will "fix" it as such, the absolute best we can hope for is a switchable dark theme.

    Definitely prefer the black background option.

    Hopefully this will appear in one of the Betas (and make it to release).
  9. Soundflunky macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2012
    Black is terrible on glossy touch screens. Mockups don't show the extreme visibility of fingerprint streaks compared to white interfaces.
  10. donnaw macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2011
    Austin TX
    I actually hate the 'white' look too. I don't have an iPhone but I do have an iPad which I use all the time. I hate apps and even web pages that use too much white. Back before I retired I worked in IT designing software (right at 30 years). Even then we tried to stay away from too much white on a page because it led to eye fatigue. We always may a concerted effort to break up the page with a bit of color and never used white, always an off-white/light beige or even light gray for the background.

    I have a Nokia 920 running Win8 and believe me, the black background most certainly is easier on the eyes and easier to differentiate between page elements. When iOS 7 comes out I guess I'll resort to jail breaking my iPad. First time I've ever considered it but I suspect that a theme to relieve us of so much white will come out pretty quickly. At least I hope so. If not, well then I'll probably move platforms for my tablet use. I certainly don't want to because I have a lot invested in the Apple tablet ecosystem. But I know the new iOS will bother me if I try to use it for long periods.

    However I must say that I'm disappointed in Apple. There's a huge difference between sleek, streamlined, and just stark. In my opinion, iOS 7 is just...stark.

    Edit: for instance look at this site. It's pretty white. But the white is broken up strategically by the use of light gray panels, different shades of gray, color at the page title and links, etc. It lessens eye strain.
  11. -MRB macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2010
    I agree, the darker UI looks much better & polished.

    The white UI looks washed out. It reminds me of a blank Excel document :p
  12. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    Not digging the black with colored text. White text looks much better.
  13. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Triple click home > invert colors

    Problem Solved.

  14. stooovie macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2010
  15. jeremiah239 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2007
    239 Area, FL
    Yeah if that was just for the UI but it's not it's the whole screen.
  16. dxyovak thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2013
    I agree. Inverting is not a solution to the White problem.
  17. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Probably a major part of why they did it. They have gotten slammed for being hard to use outside a lot. Amazon has a whole as campaign around it
  18. dxyovak thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2013
    Apple should provide a setting for two themes (one white and one dark). User can pick which one they prefer. User may even prefer to switch themes depending on context (day/night--indoors/outdoors--theater/office).

    My prominent criticism of Apple products is their lack of customizability. But offering two themes would be something that I would commend. Users gain some control over their interface to the device and can select the mode they're most comfortable with, accommodating individual user preferences like eye-health, environmental context, aesthetic preference, etc.
  19. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    Really like that idea. My old GPS switches automatically to a black background at night. Matches the luminance of the other dashboard instruments. Much safer.
  20. ominx macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
    So does Apple's Maps
  21. Gogurt48 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2013
    Best of both worlds would be if you could select a white mode, or a dark mode, or set it to automatically select one or the other depending on ambient lighting conditions.
  22. uhaas macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2012
    Twin Cities, MN
    My wife's chief complaint on iOS 6 when reading before bed is all the whiteness is hard on the eyes and makes it hard to fall asleep. Right now she has a concussion and the white is hard on her.

    IOS 7 will amp this up.


    Night mode for iOS, love it.


    This should be feedback to Apple.
  23. 1member1 macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2012
    I'm with black iPhone and iOS 7 looks fantastic on it..
  24. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    I have a black iPhone 5 and I agree, there is to much white.
    Would love a black theme for Music, Photos & Messages.
    Some apps look great with the White UI (e.g. Settings, Clock, Calendar, Safari)
  25. Black Magic macrumors 68000

    Black Magic

    Sep 30, 2012
    I'm all for different themes. If you noticed when they display iOS 7 on the Apple Website, they never show a black phone. It just doesnt look as sexy as being on a white phone. Hopefully they are working on themes.

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