Shift Key - iOS 7.1 beta 3

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by virginblue4, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. virginblue4 macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Not very happy with what they have done to the shift keys in beta 3.

    When they are bright white, you'd think that would means capitals as it stand out, as it has in every iOS version so far. Now they make the arrow stand out on non capitalised letters? And when you're on capitals it's grey and blends in with the rest of the button?

    A silly and confusing choice if you ask me. Have seen a few comments mentioning the same thing.
  2. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    Yes! I wasn't sure if I was just being too sensitive after upgrading but you're right, it's changed and it's a bit confusing.
  3. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    And don't get me started on shift lock. It's hard for my poor old eyes to tell that it's a slightly different shade of grey.

    Like the rest of it, Apple will someday get around to finishing the keyboard.
  4. jhagg macrumors member


    Oct 22, 2013
    Newport Beach, CA
    Driving me crazy as well!
  5. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    Yeah, it's hard to believe this could be the final keyboard. The three different states are so confusing, nothing about them really gives a clue as to what state they represent.
  6. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    I know they changed it in the latest 7.1 beta, but I rarely actually look at the shift key--sure I do every once in a while if I'm typing some sort of mixed case word or sentence, but it seems like that doesn't happen all that often. With the use of the double space period shortcut in keyboard options sentences are pretty much automatically capitalized, so that takes care of the more frequent case of when I'd need to pay attention to it. But perhaps that's just me.
  7. Salvor Hardin macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2013
    That's one hell of a design oversight, that and the hilariously out of place power icon are some bizarre changes in what otherwise looks to be a solid update.
  8. 53kyle macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2012
    Sebastopol, CA
  9. cookiemonster89 macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2012
    In my opinion the way they did it in iOS6 was the best. I even get confused with the way it is displayed in iOS 7.0.4. In iOS 6 the shift key had an arrow shape (not filled) when it was off, tapping it once filled the arrow white (with some shining effect) and double tapping it for caps lock made it blue with a white triangle.

    Every time I'm using the iOS7 keyboard I'm getting confused with the caps key. I always think it is on when it's not and the other way round. Maybe because the human can differentiate colors more easily that different black and white tones.
  10. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    i was just wondering the same thing after reading the beta3 news article on here.

    are they actually so utterly lost as to UI consistency that they've swapped the unactivated shift key state to look almost exactly like the current caps lock state?

    i know its a beta, but holy hell... if that goes to release and people have to mentally remap "the on state is now the off state", i really question who is championing user experience anymore.
  11. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    Yes I find it especially confusing on password fields. When I'm typing in passwords with mixed case I get confused about whether shift is or not for my next upper or lower case letter, and I can't really go on the last few letters either cos they are hidden.

    Pease reconsider, Apple...

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