Who at Apple thought printing part numbers in tiny light gray print was a good idea?

LibbyLA

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In my ongoing case with Apple over the problems with importing photos from SD cards using the Apple SD card reader (where every 101st photo is lost), I was asked to provide the model number of the two Apple OEM card readers I have.

That information is printed in teeny tiny print in light gray letters. I have old eyes. Couldn't see it with my glasses, could barely read it with my phone zoomed, and finally had to find my jeweler's loupe.

What genius though that printing part numbers in tiny print in a poorly-contrasting color was a good idea? If Apple wants us to use genuine Apple parts, at least make it possible for us to identify them without resorting to high magnification!
 

ericwn

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Once a part is released its appearance can be copied anyway. Smaller and finer lettering makes copying harder to get it done properly. And it gets out of your way in the likely case that everything is working fine.
 

LibbyLA

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Once a part is released its appearance can be copied anyway. Smaller and finer lettering makes copying harder to get it done properly. And it gets out of your way in the likely case that everything is working fine.
Yeah, but when Apple wants to know that info, surely they want me to be able to actually be able to read it. If I can’t read it, how can I tell that it’s genuine? (I bought one from my local Apple store and one from Apple.com so they’d better be genuine.)
 

LibbyLA

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Just use the zoom function on your phone camera?! I would personally prefer to have greyed out text than bold black printed serial numbers.
I tried that first.

It doesn’t have to be black but a darker gray and a bit larger print would be helpful.
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I have done this a few times with small print. It’s a very underrated use of your iPhone. :)
I have an Android phone. I’ve used zoom on it for this purpose before but it did not work well in this case.
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So you took a magnifying glass for that one moment. Got ya. Thanks for the rant.
Had to use a jeweler’s loupe because I don’t have a magnifying glass.

I’m sorry you don’t see the little bit of humor. Apple apparently doesn’t realize that some of thei customers may not have the best eyesight.
 
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mofunk

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Same here. I've used the zoom camera trick after viewing a lot of comments about the Apple Pencil number being too small to read. Somewhere I have those numbers stored just incase I can't find a magnifier lol.

I want to say if you have a device connected to your Mac, you can go into System Information and it should be there? Apple - About the Mac - System Report.

Or maybe Delicious Library app could help :)