iPhone shift key iOS 7 (no color) ? why ??

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Sailor2000, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. Sailor2000 macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2013

    Colour is a big part of Ease of Use on the iPhone.

    Wondering why the blue colour shift lock key on the pop up keyboard has been replaced with grey colour changes when in other apps like, Maps, Mail, Phone, Calculator, Clock, Photos, Camera, ....(almost all native apps) use colour to highlight certain functions?

    The removal of the blue colour when activating upper case typing has now slowed my overall typing down, both in landscape & portrait modes, making me less efficient at work & at home.

    The reason for this is that I use both thumbs for typing in landscape & I use both right & left thumbs for typing in portrait. While typing, my left hand is usually hovering over that area of the keyboard in both modes where the shift key is located.

    In previous iOS I could easily & quickly identify with my peripheral vision if the shift button was on, (be it locked or not) without consciously looking at it because my brain made a subconscious note of the colour blue in the bottom left hand corner.

    Now I have to pause, move my hand/thumb aside and concentrate (albeit for a split second) to check that the shift button is on. This is happening almost every Paragraph & most sentences that I type.

    I also type an upper case letter or two and have to continuously backtrack to correct it on most occasions. This simple omission/change has slowed me right down, waisting my precious time & to a lesser extent, energy.

    Like all upgrades, I give myself several weeks to see if I'll acclimatise to the new changes, and 99% of the time I do. This time however my brain can not adjust & I'm not getting any faster with out the colour shift key.

    If Johnny Ives & the Apple Engineers could bring themselves to surreptitiously put back the colour into the shift key function, I would have no thoughts about considering Samsung & would be a satisfied Apple Fan again.

    I would be very surprised if I'm the only customer who has noticed this change.

    A suggestion for consideration for the Apple Design Engineers, if not change the keyboard to upper case as suggested by others in this thread, then at the very least put the colour back into the shift key and maybe a small shift key (color) icon on the high side of the iPhone & iPad screen so we don't have to make a conscious note when we're typing. Our eyes would be able to clearly see that the shift key is on & adjust subconsciously with out slowing us down.

    Yours sincerely,

    Apple Customer :(:confused:
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Yes, I find it confusing also. It's something I'm slowly getting used to, but it shouldn't have been necessary.

    It's hard to tell if it's on, vs. locked. Considering the blue theme, it's surprising it left the shift key. The only thing that comes to mind is that the keyboard chameleons into the app's background - something which, at times, makes it seem less legible.

    (Still happy keeping the iPad 4 on iOS 6, though there are certainly some nice features of 7 - even some of the visuals.)
  3. DannyDrama macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2009
    All of iOS7 is inconsistent. iTunes is black and blurry, App Store is white and opaque. Spotlight keyboard is black, all others are white. I really hate the inconsistencies in iOS7.

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