Assumed audience: Other macOS, iOS, and iPadOS users.
Pro tip for macOS, iOS, and iPadOS users: if you’d like your UI to be massively more usable, go to the following —
- macOS: System Preferences1 > Accessibility > Display
- iOS: Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text
— and then enable a few of the options. I did this across my devices and it has made the OSes dramatically nicer to my eyes.
On macOS, I have selected:
- Reduce transparency
- Differentiate without color
- Show window title icons
- Show toolbar button shapes
On iOS and iPadOS, I have selected:2
- Button Shapes
- Increase Contrast
- Differentiate Without Color
It’s a substantial net win to me.
Mind: it isn’t perfect. Lots of things are clearly not designed with these tweaks in mind. (Hey developers… maybe see how your app looks with these settings on?) But even with quirks here and there, it’s nice to have these affordances!
All of which leads me to say: hey Apple, what if, maybe, just maybe… you should add some more visual affordances to your operating system?