iPhone availability @ Apple retail stores: the color scheme is driving me crazy

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by aljawad, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. aljawad macrumors regular


    Feb 1, 2004
    Planet Earth
    OK, this might seem trivial to most of you and I do apologize if it does, but as someone who suffers from severe color blindness I simply can't distinguish the "available" vs "unavailable" buttons on the charts. :confused:

    C'mon Apple, why use red & green buttons? Why not black vs white, or simply Xs and Os??
  2. MacbookSwitcher macrumors 6502


    Mar 13, 2007
    Because most people are not colorblind.
  3. WillJS macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2007
    Which States stores are you looking at.. I'll be glad to help
  4. mmetzger macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2007
    Not as fast, but put your mouse pointer over the button - it should say iPhones Available or Unavailable.
  5. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    If you hold down command-option-control-8, it should reverse the colors on your monitor...the green and red change to purple and bright blue respectively. I don't know if it will work with your type of color blindness, but it's worth a try.
  6. ventro macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2006
  7. aljawad thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 1, 2004
    Planet Earth
    Thank you guys for your comments - WillJS: thanks for your kind offer, I'm flying tomorrow to NJ and it appears that the stores are fairly well stocked - so far. :rolleyes:

    My objection is one of principle: why use these colors in web design; for those like me it will be an added chore to hunt for the information by mousing around the screen or manipulating the color of the monitor vs a simple look for those with a healthy eyesight. Again I'm sorry if this seems trivial, but such nuances can mean a lot in certain situations. Example: electrical connections - I still get mad when I find the color combination red (L), green (E) and black (N), instead of the customary brown, green/yellow & blue combination (European standard) or black, green and white (US). Yes, I can always use a ground tester or an electrical screwdriver - but that is a needless added step that could’ve been avoided by choosing proper colors to start with.

    Thanks again guys, and I hope on Monday there will still be a few remaining iPhones available in the stores. :D
  8. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    it definitely isn't a trivial matter. earlier today, i went to my local apple store to find accessories for my iphone, and i noticed they ran out of stock on iphones, both 4 gb and 8 gb models. it was interesting to see that the online status had that store as having iphones in stock. before you get an iphone, call to make sure they have some available.
  9. Parky macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2006
    I read that the status is only updated at the end of the day.
    So if they sell out during the day, you only see a change on the website the next day.

    Best thing to do is to ring the store before you go.

  10. LillieDesigns macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2005
    Los Angeles
    I'm from souther New Jersey and it looks like the only store sold out is the one in the Pier in Atlantic City. Personally, I always go to the one in the Cherry Hill area in the Promenade. Have fun with your new phone :)

    P.S. - My father is colorblind like you and I have trouble with some colors - since you know about this, is the rule it skips a generation?
  11. Fuzzy Orange macrumors 6502

    Fuzzy Orange

    Jul 29, 2006
    Most of them do have iPhones in stock... Except for those "lucky" few who live in Las Vegas and in some parts of California.
  12. deirdre macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2007
    Especially since you can choose different values of red and green (e.g. a darker red and a lighter green) that are more easy to distinguish even if you are red/green colorblind.
  13. faustfire macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2002
    I lost my sense of smell when I got a concussion, why doesnt everyone post little signs by food and other things that smell so I can tell what everyone else is smelling.:rolleyes:
  14. aljawad thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 1, 2004
    Planet Earth
    Thank you guys for the comments and replies. I guess the best thing to do is call ahead of time. I see that Apple now advertises the next day availability on the web application.

    LillieDesigns: Thank you very much for the advise, and the iPhone is intended as a gift to an uncle - hopefully I'll get mine in a few months.

    About the colorblindness gene, it is a recessive trait that is associated with the male gene: that is why it affects men mostly and very few women suffer from the condition. There are levels to the condition, and unfortunately no treatment is available. Some people use filtered spectacles to enhance the colors - I recall there was a late-night infomercial a few years ago that pitched such a product, if I remember Matt Lauer mentioned such glasses on the Today Show. What do you make of this test?

    Deirdre: Yes, in fact the combinations would depend on the material and / or background: the color difference on a bright luminous screen could be different than on paper.

    This topic might be more appropriate in the community discussion forum. The issue I raised was about web design, and many publishers do not take the issue seriously even though it affects millions of potential customers - mostly men. It is estimated that 7 to 10% of men (some even propose a higher percentage) suffer from color blindness - in the US this number translates to tens of millions of men. Here is a link to various Ishihara plates, how do they look to you guys? Ladies?

    The issue of not being able to see color can cause problems - some of them innocent, others are more problematic - my boss once told me how his brother drove home with a nice new "red" car, only to be told that it was in fact green. Sometimes, the situation can become drastic and lead to discriminatory practicers: some countries wouldn’t issue driving licenses to color blind drivers.

    Faustfire: Even though I was referring to web design, where the senses of smell and taste are not involved, but you raise an interesting point. Many people have lost their sense of smell - and the associated sense of taste - due to various conditions, including chronic nasal congestions. How is that different than colorblindness? The answer stems from our human ability to describe colors vs odors. Even using lab techniques, rather than the organs we were born with, our ability to discern various wavelengths of color is far simpler than identifying odors - the former is single degree physical unknown vs a combination of chemicals that yield an outcome which we associate with an object. How do you describe the difference between Chanel #5, chicken soup and fresh paint - other than recalling how they remind you of perfume, food and cyclohexhane? But chicken soup smells different than roast beef, and non of them smell anything like coffee, Chanel doesn’t smell like Polo, and cyclohexhanes oder is different than gasoline.

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