At our online meeting on Friday 16th of October we had an interesting presentation on how developers use colour in apps and talked about Apple’s recent announcement of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro.
Colour for App Developers
DaveK talked about some of the considerations developers have when choosing colours to use in their apps. He mentioned Apple’s advice on colour in their Human Interface Guidelines which includes a list of the system colours Apple define.
Some useful resources developers can use when evaluating colour choices for accessibility and suitability:
- Sim Daltonism, free on the Mac App Store - simulates types of colourblindness.
- Colour Contrast Analyser by the Paciello Group - a free Mac app which shows the contrast ratio between colours.
- Colours in Cultures webpage - an infographic showing the symbolism of colours in different cultures.
Apple iPhone 12 Announcements
We talked about the iPhone announcements made at Apple’s recent “Hi, Speed” event, these included:
- iPhone 12 and 12 Mini.
- iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.
- The new Mag Safe for iPhone accessory and charging system.
During the meeting we had our usual discussion with lots of topics and suggestions being raised including:
- Liz mentioned the iOS app Widgetsmith, a collection of customisable widgets for the iOS (where they can now be added to your home screen).
- Paul told us about the Intel Power Gadget utility from Intel which displays detailed information about the Intel processor in a Mac in realtime including processor usage and temperature. Paul found this interesting when he noticed fan noise from his Mac.
- Paul also asked for member’s thoughts on Sophos Home and other anti-malware software for the Mac. Members mentioned that macOS has a suite of built-in security protections, Malwarebytes anti-malware and also the importance of good security practice whether you use additional security software or not.
- Denesh mentioned that Belkin have a range of privacy screen protectors available for iPhone.