What decides the boot screen colour?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by quackers82, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. quackers82 macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2014
    I've got 2 of my Macs on 10.10 a 2012 Air, 2014 Mac Mini. Yet they boot different colours. One with a black screen white Apple, and the other with a white background and a black Apple. Why is this?
  2. MarcBook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    United Kingdom
    It seems to be determined at a hardware/firmware level. Modern Macs all use the black screen (including my 2014 MacBook Air), older ones use the gray screen.

    I'm not sure exactly when the cut-off is, but it seems to be different for various product lines. MacBook Pro with Retina display (2012) uses the black screen, for example.

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