Why the ORANGE dot on the mute switch?

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  1. gloryunited macrumors 6502

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    I've noticed on the iPhones(iPods), the mute(hold) button has an orange dot to indicate the on/off status. This may sound stupid but why orange? Does the colour mean something?
     
  2. mickbab macrumors 65816

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    Just so it is more noticeable.

    You can quickly glance down and if you see a spot of bright orange, you know what's going on.
     
  3. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    I don't think theres any conspiracy theory here.

    Its a nice gentle colour.

    I actually dislike the way some companies use bright red on most things like this !
     
  4. gloryunited thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I thought of the "easier to notice" idea too but why not green or yellow or some other bright colours? Is it something to do with Apple's history/tradition?

    or was it Steve's favourite colour? (nope I didn't spell two words wrong)
     
  5. mickbab macrumors 65816

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    Besides being the traditional colour of what they have used on lock switches (well my iPhone 4, iPhone 3G and iPod mini all have orange), I don't think there is any sort of company significance.

    Nice spelling by the way :)
     
  6. milk242 macrumors 6502a

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    The original iPods with buttons lit up orange. Maybe Apple just likes orange.
     
  7. 2IS macrumors 68030

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    If it was another color you'd have created this same thread asking "Why the [insert color here] dot on the mute switch?" anyway so why does it matter?
     
  8. jon1987, Oct 23, 2011
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    Maybe it's a conspiracy that one of Jony Ives' designers is planning a mutiny and changing the name of the company to 'Orange'
     
  9. gloryunited thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just curious as to why. The "bright colour stands out more" explanation seems good enough to me. lol
     
  10. MarcBook macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty sure they chose it because it's a bright and noticeable colour, while being one that isn't unpleasant to the masses. I've never heard anyone complain of it being orange. If it were green or something, however... that wouldn't be good.
     
  11. macfly4 macrumors member

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    because orange/red colors are the easiest for your eye to see. You have a higher density of cone cells in your eye near the center of vision which pick up the red/orange spectrum well.
    same reason BMW uses orange/red for their dashboard display
     
  12. monkeylui macrumors 6502

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    I think it means caution. Saying to us "do you really want to. Mute? Wouldn't you rather annoy people around. You with your obnoxious ring tone?"

    Just a theory. ;)
     
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    that needed to be spelled out for you?
     

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