Resolved Sunlight visibility

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by xArtx, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. xArtx, Apr 2, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2013

    xArtx macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2012
    Hi Guys,
    Face it, iPhones have poor visibility in sunlight.
    I don't mean to compare it with other phones,
    just outdoor electronics, and GPS in particular.

    Apple seem to formally print black text on a light background,
    other than a few special views in iTunes, and Coverflow lists.

    Do you think it is more sunlight readable to print black on white
    or to print white text on black? GPS units tend to to the former
    in daylight hours with their colour scheme.
  2. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    It seems like testing which one is easier to read would be trivial:

    Open Settings -> General -> Accessibility and toggle Invert Colors on and off. Which one do you find easier to read in the sunlight?
  3. xArtx thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2012
    I didn't know you could do that, I'll try it :)
  4. Duncan C macrumors 6502a

    Duncan C

    Jan 21, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    ... Or triple-tap on the home button (I think this is the default setting. It works on my devices anyway.)
  5. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    It's not the default setting. You need to activate it via Settings > General > Accessibility > Triple-click Home (default is Off) > Invert Colors.
  6. xArtx thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2012
    I built a colour inverter circuit for composite video back in the day (for live TV),
    and people with some degree of blindness took an interest in it because
    they wanted to see their newspaper on a tv with the colours inverted.
    So that loss in optical quality appears to have a payoff for a minority,
    which explains the Accessibility option.

    I seems it's generally the other way round though.

    Don't know if I can take a position.
    Maybe if the iPhone was white, then I'd rather dark printing on a light background.

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