Is there any color customization?

Italianblend

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Did apple include any color customization in ios 8? Like, themes, or allowing us to change menu colors, text colors, or message bubble colors?
 

nfl46

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Is there ANY color customization?

Lol.

I mean, there's accessibility settings where you can tried a couple of things. Customization is probably going to be a big feature in iOS 9 next year.
 

pmz

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Did apple include any color customization in ios 8? Like, themes, or allowing us to change menu colors, text colors, or message bubble colors?
No. The keep it sane. They don't need the loons walking around with their lime green theme showing people their "iPhone". Bad marketing.
 

Italianblend

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No. The keep it sane. They don't need the loons walking around with their lime green theme showing people their "iPhone". Bad marketing.
I've heard that argument before. Easily solved by apple making their own color themes and then letting us choose one. I would even pay for them.

Or, simply limiting say text bubble colors to colors that look good against the white background. There is a world outside green and blue text messages.
 

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I've heard that argument before. Easily solved by apple making their own color themes and then letting us choose one. I would even pay for them.

Or, simply limiting say text bubble colors to colors that look good against the white background. There is a world outside green and blue text messages.
Green and blue message colors have particular meaning, allowing users to customize that loses that meaning and works against what Apple wants to have established there.
 

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I've heard that argument before. Easily solved by apple making their own color themes and then letting us choose one. I would even pay for them.

Or, simply limiting say text bubble colors to colors that look good against the white background. There is a world outside green and blue text messages.
Android OS allows users to customize a lot of UI elements yet most of the Android phones I see in people's hands are still the same factory layout. As important as this feature sounds to you it may not necessarily reflect the wants of most.
 

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Yes I realize that green is a text message and blue is an iMessage, but you can easily set it to say iMessages orange and text messages purple or something. Just to switch it up. Same colors all the time get very old especially when messaging is the main thing up use a phone for.
 

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I've heard that argument before. Easily solved by apple making their own color themes and then letting us choose one. I would even pay for them.

Or, simply limiting say text bubble colors to colors that look good against the white background. There is a world outside green and blue text messages.
I'd be happy if they just let us choose text bubble colors like they do in Messages for Mac, as well as add a Dark Mode color scheme like they'll have in Yosemite.

Too much customization of the UI can just get messy. I see what some people do with their jailbroken phones, and while certain tweaks I admire, most users seem to customize stuff just for the sake of customizing it. Hey, that's great that you can change the font of everything to a tiny script font, but don't tell me you have an easier time reading your settings or your app labels.

If Apple releases any more customization, I'd like to see it be home screen related, and even then, I can't think of anything beyond letting us move app icons around freely, which I (personally) wouldn't even use.
 

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Yes I realize that green is a text message and blue is an iMessage, but you can easily set it to say iMessages orange and text messages purple or something. Just to switch it up. Same colors all the time get very old especially when messaging is the main thing up use a phone for.
The point is that Apple would want to avoid that as it wouldn't be consistent and defeat the use of the colors there which they use to identify specific messages and can refer to specific designated colors in the support documentation and the like. It's not about just colors, it's about specific ones and what they mean. Cuts down on any confusion or additional inconsistencies in Apple's eyes as most typical users barely grasp the green/blue concept as it is, and would completely not get it or forget it or get confused by it if colors could be changed and made different on everyone's phones. Yes, this doesn't apply to a lot of people, but it does apply to a good majority of the typical users who outnumber the other group.
 

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I've heard that argument before. Easily solved by apple making their own color themes and then letting us choose one. I would even pay for them.

Or, simply limiting say text bubble colors to colors that look good against the white background. There is a world outside green and blue text messages.
I don't see that there needs to be.
 

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Pretty sure it's bad to use colours as sole indictator in UI because of colour blindness, which is why there are other indicators (text field water mark, labels in the convo). Not a big deal if users can change colour.
 

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Android OS allows users to customize a lot of UI elements yet most of the Android phones I see in people's hands are still the same factory layout. As important as this feature sounds to you it may not necessarily reflect the wants of most.
Then go buy one.
 

Dj64Mk7

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go buy what?
An Android phone. What he's saying is that if you want uber-customizability, use Android. As far as I personally know, most iPhone users use iPhones because they are stable and easy to understand.
 

Armen

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An Android phone. What he's saying is that if you want uber-customizability, use Android. As far as I personally know, most iPhone users use iPhones because they are stable and easy to understand.
I get that but why are you quoting me? I'm the one who said that other phones like Android have the option but most people don't even customize them.
 

Dj64Mk7

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I get that but why are you quoting me? I'm the one who said that other phones like Android have the option but most people don't even customize them.
Sorry about that haha; I guess I got lost as far as who was saying what.
 

joejoejoe

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Did apple include any color customization in ios 8? Like, themes, or allowing us to change menu colors, text colors, or message bubble colors?
Not gonna happen. Apple has always been about maintaining a consistent experience across its devices. Allowing customization disjoints that experience.

There might be inclusion of a dark mode in future versions to give people an option other than a glaring white. Other than that, it's highly unlikely and improbable that any theming or customization will be included.

As for your note about turning SMS purple and iMessage orange, you can do exactly that with invert colors.
 

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I've heard that argument before. Easily solved by apple making their own color themes and then letting us choose one. I would even pay for them.

Or, simply limiting say text bubble colors to colors that look good against the white background. There is a world outside green and blue text messages.
Very good idea! I hope Apple implements this in iOS 9. The iOS color schemes are getting pretty stale and boring to me :-/
 

Italianblend

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Very good idea! I hope Apple implements this in iOS 9. The iOS color schemes are getting pretty stale and boring to me :-/
That's what I mean. The green and blue text bubbles have been the same for years. People like to freshen things up a bit. What would be the harm in apple making 3 color schemes (so they can make sure it "looks good"), and then selling them? You'd think they'd make lots of money on it.
 

C DM

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That's what I mean. The green and blue text bubbles have been the same for years. People like to freshen things up a bit. What would be the harm in apple making 3 color schemes (so they can make sure it "looks good"), and then selling them? You'd think they'd make lots of money on it.
Apple doesn't really believe in the whole color and stickers and whatnot market. It doesn't add anything useful and is purely subjective and different did everyone.
 
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