Please for the love of god can you change the BLACK Background on the iPod Touch?

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  1. Johnny-AUS macrumors newbie

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    Is there a way to change the black background on the iPod Touch?

    If I change the 'wallpaper' in settings it changes the screen savers background, but is there a way to change the black main menu background that we are forced to stare at all the time?

    I just can't take having a black screen as my background :(
     
  2. chall5 macrumors regular

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    You can't at present, surprised me as well, I expect this maybe enabled in a future firmware update
     
  3. DaveTaylor macrumors 6502

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    This is what, I am waiting for, it's awful I know but hopefully it will be in the next firmware, which I hope is soon.
     
  4. Johnny-AUS thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys. I guess it does make sense that it will be available in a firmware update sometime in the future. Until then.
     
  5. DaveTaylor macrumors 6502

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    This is the first thing that disappointed me and it's such a obvious one aswell.
     
  6. Stang68 macrumors 6502a

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    I guess apple wanted to make sure everyone has the same look to their touch, at least for a bit. Then once it is an establised device, we can do what we want!
     
  7. DaveTaylor macrumors 6502

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    I doubt apple wants everyone to be the same :p
     
  8. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    It doesn't need a firmware update, just a software update. Anyway. I think the black is elegant:)
     
  9. Lin macrumors member

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  10. DaveTaylor macrumors 6502

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    Him like myself may not want to....
     
  11. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    Apple to consumer: "You'll take the black background on your iPod Touch and you'll like it!"
     
  12. wPod macrumors 68000

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    I think the black background is a wonderful feature on the iPod Touch (or iPhone) It goes back to a classic consumer choice model brought forth by Henry Ford's Model T, “You can have any color you want as long as it’s black.”
     
  13. RollTide macrumors 6502

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    google iPhone wallpapers really good quality stuff on most sites. I did not like the black either that is why I jailbroke it. Summerboard is well worth it. But to each his own.
     
  14. db2431 macrumors regular

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    Just jailbreak it then install summerboard, you can have whatever backgound you want then, and whatever icons.
     
  15. chall5 macrumors regular

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    custom background and icons would be nice in official Apple software, I could get rid of the useless (to me) calculator and Contacts
     
  16. Ubuntu macrumors 68000

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    Sorry for not being able to read minds. :D

    Your logic is flawed - on the other hand he may want to jailbreak his iPod, for whatever reason.

    Not everyone thinks how you do. :)
     
  17. Qianlong macrumors regular

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    it's very easy to jaulbreak your touch and install all the themes, icons and wallpapers you want

    do beware that a non-black background use more batt power.
     
  18. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816

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    No video or iTunes download for you -- 1 year!;)
     
  19. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    You seriously want to be able to put a picture behind all those buttons? With a busy image and then those colored buttons on top it would look like an iPod Touch MySpace page. Or a Zune...
    I like it black, but that's just me.
     
  20. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    Lmao! I was going to use that in my signature but I dont have enough space! (You can take your 150 charictors and ***************** :D)

    Lmao once again! :D

    I did have my own background on my Touch but it looked very messy and the wallpaper dim crashes my iPod every few minutes (on SummerBoard).

    A bit off-topic: did anyone else notice that in the new version of SummerBoard the "Solid Menu Bar" option has disappeared?
     
  21. gloss macrumors 601

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    I've got a jailbroken iPod touch and spent a while with various background images but, in all honesty, they just tend to be distracting and they reduce the legibility of the screen. I've since gone back to black.

    So to speak.
     
  22. duraace macrumors member

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    Summerboard made my touch very unreliable. I've tried twice, and every time I uninstall Summerboard, the glitches go away. It's still jail broke, but runs perfectly. Also, having gotten used to a jail broked touch and all the extra apps, I could never go back to a plain jane 'touch'.
     
  23. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    This is mine, and it's not distracting at all :)

    [​IMG]
     
  24. Tom B. macrumors 65816

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    Maybe you should just stop being such a racist.

    :) Sorry, I just couldn't resist.
     
  25. carlop macrumors newbie

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    If you are referring to the study that was made for CRT computer screens (which brought along the black google page), yes.

    But for LCD and phone displays wether your background is black or any other color, the same amount of light is being projected. It's the crystals that render the colors red/green/blue, and thus black.

    That's why the contrast between black and white isn't as good (it has gotten better though) as old crt screens and old tvs. You never get true black if light is being projected beneath it.

    So no, you're not using more battery power with a light color background. You're still using the same amount of light, the black background just blocks it from displaying.
     

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