iOS 7.1: Killing the Cartoon Button Colors

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One complaint I heard over and over when iOS 7 shipped was that many of the colors used in apps and icons looked more like they came from cartoons. Apple addressed part of that with iOS 7.1 by making the neon green phone and messages icons less garish, and by giving us a setting to darken up many of the colors in apps, too.

iOS 7 in-app controls seem too bright? You can darken them in iOS 7.1iOS 7 in-app controls seem too bright? You can darken them in iOS 7.1

To darken the colors for in-app controls, like buttons, do this:

  • Tap Settings
  • Tap General
  • Choose Accessibility
  • Tap Increase Contrast
  • Tap the toggle for Darken Colors

You can make iOS 7's normal button colors (left) darker in iOS 7.1 (right)You can make iOS 7's normal button colors (left) darker in iOS 7.1 (right)

Some apps won't look all that different, but others will give the boot to control and navigation color selections that I can only assume were chosen by a colorblind engineer. Apple's Calendar app, for example, gives you darker red navigation buttons instead of the orangey-red we were stuck with before.

Bonus tip: Is the white in iOS 7 too white for you? Not a problem. iOS 7.1's Increase Contrast settings also include a Reduce White Point option. That shifts the white color just a touch so it doesn't feel quite so harsh or bright. You're welcome.

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Comments

Lee Dronick

There is a balance in skeumorphism. Some people complained about too much of it and now we have these lifeless colors.

geoduck

For all of Apple/Ive’s war on skeumorphism, I find it funny that when you do an update the Gear icon still rotates.

iJack

Am loving the white point setting, though it should be in the Control Panel (or whatever it’s called) for easier access.

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