iOS 9 + Books: when black isn't.

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by HiRez, Sep 17, 2015.

  1. HiRez macrumors 603

    HiRez

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    In iOS 8, when you had the Books app set to black background and the backlight all the way down it was pretty much black, about as much as LCD can get.

    In iOS 9 it appears some Apple bozo thought it would be nice if black was not quite black but a dark gray instead. So now Books in a completely dark room, in Night mode, is not black at all and emits significantly more light. Just what you don't want in a night-reading mode. It looks like crappy backlight leakage from an original iPhone with a poor black level LCD, but this is an iPhone 6 Plus.

    Once again form over function. NOT HAPPY. Thanks, Apple!!

    EDIT: If you set the background to white and have triple-click set to invert your screen, you do get a true black background, but the text itself is a brighter white. And it's inconvenient.
     
  2. sethlution macrumors regular

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    Are you talking about the iBook app? There's a new gray mode which may be what you're seeing (I think this new mode the default night mode). But you can still get the old black mode back by tapping the 'AA' button from the top bar.
     
  3. HiRez thread starter macrumors 603

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    No, I want the black to be BLACK, as in 0, 0, 0 RGB. The new "black" (the color swatch that used to be black) is now a very dark gray instead of black. Which you won't notice except in a completely dark room, which is where I do most of my reading. In that environment, the slightly higher black level makes the whole screen glow with a soft light instead of just having white words floating in blackness.
     
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  5. tekchic macrumors 65816

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    I noticed this while reading in bed last night, it's a bit annoying. It's definitely the "black" selected and not the new gray option. Wonder why they chose that over a pure black?
     

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