Although Apple already permits owners of Mac, iPhone, iPod and iPad devices to adjust the user interface in a global way, a newly-published patent application describes how certain elements of the UI could be adapted. The application details a method to filter certain areas of the user interface, permitting users to adjust certain areas of the interface while leaving other locations untouched.

Along with giving us more control of an application’s user interface, the adjustments outlined in the application titled ‘User Interface Contrast Filter’ could help improve such things as battery life…

The key, according to AppleInsider, is the patent’s focus on color saturation.

By comparing saturated and non-saturated pixels, the patent could determine which UI elements can change the most when the display is adjusted. A simpler strategy also outlined is to divide an iDevice’s interface into masks.

For instance, the white portion of a mask would indicate the controls can be adjusted while the black portion would mark areas that cannot be altered by the user, such as content areas in an application.

The patent filing also details how various display elements, such as pixels, calibration, luminance, saturation and gray values could be tweaked on a pixel-by-pixel basis.

Due to its system-wide nature, the invention could be implemented by developers without too much work and could be especially useful for Apple’s iOS in the Car initiative and to color-blind people.

  • FOFF

    I LiKE THIS CAUSE it will let me keep the IOS7 UI as dark as possible..

    • Andrius

      yeah, cause you’re pure darkness

      • FOFF

        stop trolling

  • Carlos Franklin

    Its great to see Apple implementing it into the iOS, but “Apple invention” Seriously!!

    Apple might have found a new method of implementing it into the iphone, but the concept is far from “Apple invention”….lol

    • Raashid

      When it’s new to iOS, it was invented by Apple, according to iDB bloggers…

      • Carlos Franklin


  • Maxim∑

    I read at first “Apple invitation”……

  • neez

    Interesting: rounded square icon on the home button. Seems quite similar to the new format of the icons on iOS 7. Even this being a patent illustration, makes me wonder if the next home button will sport a more rounded square icon on it. We’ll see…

    • Guest

      I know man. I agree. But since the new iOS 7 home icons are more rounded, I wonder if the home button square icon will change too. You know? I’m just curious to see if it will, and if it do, will it be harmonious with the rest of the phone, or will it be shit?