Why won't Apple....

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ChrisWilder07, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. ChrisWilder07 macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2008
    Why doesn't Apple let you customize the theme, status bar icons, etc. of the iPhone/iPod touch? Is there any specific reason for that?... b/c if Apple did that, it would make many, many people happy...
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    UI Nightmare. Same reason why OSX isn't customizable.
  3. milerich macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2009
    But at least we can have wallpaper in OSX.

    I love the screen shot that came with my Snow Leopard update, but have it changed now to a family photo.
  4. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
  5. phormality macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2009
    You can change the wallpaper on the iPhone, it is what shows before you unlock the phone and also behind the controls when on a call

    If you have an image under your icons it gets messy and hard to see, I’ve tried it with an old jailbroken one a couple years ago and have seen a few people do it since then

    A lot of the customization is an “i do it because I can” thing. Very, very rarely does it turn out well. Look at myspace vs facebook for a perfect example of this.
  6. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009

    I looked at Android's OS, and it looks horrible with its wallpaper under the apps (looks very hard to read, Windows 95ish).

    Yes, Apple does limit choices but that's their M.O. - their UI is always better than competitors and they know it works. And it was a great point to show MySpace vs. Facebook in regards to customization. Boundaries are sometimes necessary to preserve the 'Apple Experience'.
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Yes, wallpaper under apps can make it hard to see. You definitely have to pick the wallpaper carefully in my opinion. But it would be nice to have the choice.
  8. phormality macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2009
    I’d much rather have the option to have custom SMS and email alert sounds. When a couple people with iPhones are around I find myself constantly asking “was that you?” when an alert goes off
  9. agkm800 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2009
    Why? The answer is simple - it's not Steve Jobs' taste. What else?
  10. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2007
    I still don't understand the reasoning for not allowing us to choose a custom SMS or email tone. It's pretty pathetic really.

    As for the wallpaper I think it's a good thing. With the icons you wouldn't be able to see the image anyway. Hell, my last WinMo phone came with a default wallpaper that made it damn difficult to see.
  11. jbennardo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2009
    Count me in for wanting the ability to customize SMS tones. It'd just be nice, that's all.
  12. macaco74 macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2008
  13. Kuddles macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2009
    Saying their UI is better is a matter of opinion. IMO, the UI is very outdated with no customization options. dumbphones have the ability to customize, as well as Blackberrys, Android phones, and Symbian phones. Customization is a big selling point for people buying electronics. People have been giving up the so-called "Apple Experience" because they're tired of living within the boundaries and protocols of what Apple thinks is 'better' for them, leaving you- the consumer just another pawn for Apple. Just my opinion. Ask why things are certain ways, rather then trying to defend and say "it's this way because.."
  14. milani macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2008
    Same here. In reality you ought to be able to customize all of the sounds for the iPhone - i.e. alarms, rings, SMS, email, etc. On the other hand most people probably don't care enough to warrant Apple spending the time to implement it, but I would certainly appreciate it, and I'm sure a few other people would as well.
  15. Kuddles macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2009

    BUT but... that's not the Apple way.. it would take away from the ":apple: experience.."

  16. Clete2 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    And Microsoft isn't? You have to download some stupid add-on to Windows in order to theme other than basic colors (e.g. using Windows Blinds)...
  17. Blueline29 macrumors 68020


    Jun 16, 2009
    Indian Rocks Beach, FL
    This. I have rotating wallpapers because I dig 'em and know exactly where all of my icons are so crisp visibility isn't an issue, but it can be hard to use for someone else who's using my phone for the first time.
  18. wowipod macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    This is the exact reason I am thinking of walking away from the iPhones. I hate not being able to customize and no I don't want to have to jailbreak just to do something other phones allow. Apple needs to pick up their game and allow people to customize not only wallpapers but SMS and email sounds. Why not? What do they have to lose? If people really want they can they can stick with the default.

    The fact is, its there meaning you can customize. Apple you have to hack it cause they are so precious about keeping everything how they like it.
  19. loch006 macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2009
    stop complaining :)

    just jailbreak the phone it takes like 15 minutes and you can do more than just customize the phone afterwards

    I can do more with a jailbroken iPhone than with any other phone on the market today
  20. acfusion29 macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2007
    Cause Apple doesn't want ugly iPhone's like this floating around... but unfortunately, they do.

  21. vinay427 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2008
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    Wow! Anyway, like many people have said Apple is in my mind a company that won't eer please me. A company that is this focused on looks over function to this extent is a company I will never but from (once I get rid of my iPhone). They should offer people who want it choice and for
    those who don't (most people) leave it. But that's what jailbreaking is for...
  22. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Um, wouldn't the option to skin be purely looks, no function?
  23. slapguts macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2008
    Because they know no one would pay $9.99 for an iPhone skin from the app store.

    Actually, thats not a bad idea.
  24. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Ooh, burn!
  25. solideliquid macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2008
    You can't read which apps are which?

    Look at my signal strength at home. Gotta love AT&T.

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