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  1. Quis89's Avatar
    It doesn’t add to the user experience. It’s a gimmick.
    Too much themes only makes apps and the OS bigger and clunkier. iOS is awesome in managing its RAM resources and the lacking of themes is one of the reasons why.
    Let's not trick ourselves into thinking the addition of themes would ruin the experience. It absolutely could be done. And it also does add to the user experience, which is anything the "user" "experiences" while using their device. There are many people who would welcome the addition of themes as a means to differentiate their devices. As someone who worked in the wireless industry, that was a common request/concern from people (primarily women) using Android inquiring about the iOS experience.

    And the word "gimmick" is over used. 90% of what our phones do are "gimmicks". Doesn't make those things any less useful or desired.
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    06-22-2017 08:43 AM
  2. pkcable's Avatar
    No apple still doesn't all that to do? Seems like jailbreak is the only solution
    Do people still do that?
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    06-22-2017 11:02 AM
  3. Tartarus's Avatar
    Do people still do that?
    Apparently. And the fun part is it’s only supported on the older versions. Those jailbreakers willingly choose for less features just to have a half baked jailbroken device
    pkcable and BoneCollecter like this.
    06-22-2017 11:14 AM
  4. vanko987's Avatar
    Maybe someday, but it will probably be limited to 1st party themes, like the Apple Watch faces.
    06-22-2017 02:02 PM
  5. Brian Embry's Avatar
    Let's not trick ourselves into thinking the addition of themes would ruin the experience. It absolutely could be done. And it also does add to the user experience, which is anything the "user" "experiences" while using their device. There are many people who would welcome the addition of themes as a means to differentiate their devices. As someone who worked in the wireless industry, that was a common request/concern from people (primarily women) using Android inquiring about the iOS experience.

    And the word "gimmick" is over used. 90% of what our phones do are "gimmicks". Doesn't make those things any less useful or desired.
    I agree with this answer. I don't see why the user experience would be any less by adding themes. I would love to be able move my icons around on my iPad. I think that a sizable group of people would love to be able to customize the launcher just even a little bit. Myself included. Apple could learn a few things from Android and vice versa...
    Quis89 likes this.
    06-23-2017 01:03 PM
  6. badelhas's Avatar
    I agree with this answer. I don't see why the user experience would be any less by adding themes. I would love to be able move my icons around on my iPad. I think that a sizable group of people would love to be able to customize the launcher just even a little bit. Myself included. Apple could learn a few things from Android and vice versa...
    Totally agree, very well put.

    Cheers
    Quis89 likes this.
    06-23-2017 01:17 PM
  7. Quis89's Avatar
    I agree with this answer. I don't see why the user experience would be any less by adding themes. I would love to be able move my icons around on my iPad. I think that a sizable group of people would love to be able to customize the launcher just even a little bit. Myself included. Apple could learn a few things from Android and vice versa...
    I agree. I've themed my Galaxy S8, and if I'm being honest...within the last month and a half, my iPhone has frozen and randomly reset on my twice while my S8 has been completely smooth. So, in my opinion, the argument of clunkiness and instability as it relates to Android isn't what some make it seem. Apple has done some impressive things with their software. I believe they could enhance the user experience by adding themes and increased customization while still offering a smooth OS experience.
    06-23-2017 02:39 PM
  8. Spencerdl's Avatar
    IF folks really want this feature added to the OS, best bet is to send Apple feedback suggesting it!

    https://www.apple.com/feedback/
    Seriously???....I better hurry up and send this suggestion in (laughing), Thanks for the suggestion...LOL
    06-24-2017 11:02 AM
  9. pkcable's Avatar
    Seriously???....I better hurry up and send this suggestion in (laughing), Thanks for the suggestion...LOL
    Don't make me.....

    Will we ever be able to change the 'theme' in iOS 11?-kfohkoqd.jpeg
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    06-24-2017 11:49 AM
  10. Spencerdl's Avatar
    Don't make me.....

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    06-24-2017 11:50 AM
  11. Ruurd Pels's Avatar
    Yes. Android and changing whatever. A huge timewaster.
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    06-24-2017 02:16 PM
  12. camaroz1985's Avatar
    Yeah I can see it being a time waster constantly changing things around. I never did change the launcher on my Pixel and rarely moved apps around. Once I get it set the way I like I am pretty much good. I also didn't like a bunch of widgets on my main home screen. I had them on a separate screen so it was very similar to how iOS handles widgets.
    06-25-2017 08:32 PM
  13. Tinkernaught's Avatar
    Yes. Android and changing whatever. A huge timewaster.
    Yes, it's a time-waster. But some people enjoy it. So if Apple wants to spend the development time to satisfy those requests I won't mind. I'll most likely ignore the new feature—I care about what happens after I open an app, not about the cosmetics of the home screen—but I won't object if it makes some people happy.
    06-26-2017 02:40 AM
  14. Ruurd Pels's Avatar
    The point is that you cannot have both. Just generalising here but people tend to think that that kind of functionality comes for free. No it does not. You can provide customisation of the interface OR you can make your phone OS safer, faster and more frugal with energy. But not both. Alas we all tend to be spoiled whiny brats that say "hey if you don't give me what I want I will go and buy something else" without realising what the trade-off is.
    06-26-2017 03:34 AM
  15. Ramrunner73's Avatar
    3 different Android phones and they all feel foreign
    Not QUITE true - these are all stock Android or so damn near stock it works the same:

    Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P
    HTC 10
    Motorola MotoZ, Moto G4
    OnePlus 3T 5
    ZTE Axon

    And I'm sure there's more. You use one of these then pick up another it will not feel foreign I assure you.

    BUT

    I absolutely get your point. iOS has a consistent GUI along the whole iPhone line.

    If you get an Android hanset with STOCK Android it is the same thing though.
    06-26-2017 04:08 AM
  16. camaroz1985's Avatar
    Not QUITE true - these are all stock Android or so damn near stock it works the same:

    Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P
    HTC 10
    Motorola MotoZ, Moto G4
    OnePlus 3T 5
    ZTE Axon

    And I'm sure there's more. You use one of these then pick up another it will not feel foreign I assure you.

    BUT

    I absolutely get your point. iOS has a consistent GUI along the whole iPhone line.

    If you get an Android hanset with STOCK Android it is the same thing though.
    I see what you are saying too, but the home screen of a Pixel and a G4 will not look the same unless you use a launcher of some sort. I had both at the same time, and thought because they both had stock Android the would be the same, but the Pixel launcher is not available to other devices. There were ways to get it, but it wasn't the same. Also it really bugged me how the settings menus were different, even when both were running on Nougat. It just makes it more difficult to find things, but I guess you get that when switch from an iPhone to an Android anyway. My point was you shouldn't have that difference when using the same OS. iOS and Windows are both very good at that, Android, not so much.
    06-26-2017 08:35 AM
  17. pkcable's Avatar
    While I don't EVER think Apple will get to the point that Android is with themes and custom ROMs and such, I CAN see them adding a couple selectable themes, such as a light and dark for example, or perhaps seasonal themes. But I don't expect the "wild west" that Android is! lol


    And of course as we all know you sorta CAN have themes on iOS if you want to Jailbreak, NOT that I recommend that!
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    06-27-2017 09:56 AM
  18. roystreet's Avatar
    Not QUITE true - these are all stock Android or so damn near stock it works the same:

    ....
    BUT

    I absolutely get your point. iOS has a consistent GUI along the whole iPhone line.

    If you get an Android hanset with STOCK Android it is the same thing though.
    I think that’s been the thinking from the beginning with Steve Jobs, make it consistent through the OS. That way it flows better, the experience is the same, it’s more fluid. ..and it’s much easier to help people learn the OS and help them solve problems when your screen works the same as mine.

    I would use themes a lot on my Windows machines, but once I found the one I wanted, I rarely changed any aspect of it.

    I honestly love the way iOS looks and wouldn’t really want to change it, but that’s just me.
    07-01-2017 01:11 PM
  19. toneofark's Avatar
    I customized my Galaxy S7 edge to oblivion and back when I first bought it. After a while I just reverted back to stock. I don't even think about that with my iPhone, nor do I care. I just want my phone to do the stuff it's supposed to do. It was fun for a week or two, then it just became a timesuck. Maybe it's just me, but theming is not a deal breaker.
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    07-06-2017 06:09 AM
  20. camaroz1985's Avatar
    I customized my Galaxy S7 edge to oblivion and back when I first bought it. After a while I just reverted back to stock. I don't even think about that with my iPhone, nor do I care. I just want my phone to do the stuff it's supposed to do. It was fun for a week or two, then it just became a timesuck. Maybe it's just me, but theming is not a deal breaker.
    I can agree with that. It would be nice to at least have the choice of light or dark though.
    toneofark likes this.
    07-06-2017 09:37 AM
  21. toneofark's Avatar
    I can agree with that. It would be nice to at least have the choice of light or dark though.
    I agree. I'd love to have a true dark mode.
    07-06-2017 09:59 AM
  22. Spencerdl's Avatar
    I'm really starting to think Apple doesn't want a dark mode/theme on their devices. In my honest opinion this could have already been a feature if Apple wanted it.
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    07-06-2017 10:10 AM
  23. roystreet's Avatar
    Question...Did Apple ever say or elide to creating a dark mode theme? I see people talk about it, but I didn't of anything Apple said to make think it might be "coming to an iPhone near you"
    08-07-2017 03:35 AM
  24. Spencerdl's Avatar
    Question...Did Apple ever say or elide to creating a dark mode theme? I see people talk about it, but I didn't of anything Apple said to make think it might be "coming to an iPhone near you"
    Nope, Apple never said that we would get a "dark theme". It's just something a lot of users was hoping for.
    08-07-2017 07:01 AM
  25. Sherry_B's Avatar
    It doesn’t add to the user experience. It’s a gimmick.
    Too much themes only makes apps and the OS bigger and clunkier. iOS is awesome in managing its RAM resources and the lacking of themes is one of the reasons why.
    Actually, that's not so. Allow me to play devils advocate for just a moment.

    Until I bought an iPhone, every phone I've had has been an Android. That's all I did with them is spend all of my extra time customizing the UI. Not only is it fun, but can help to make the usage experience a lot more enjoyable and you can get to your most used apps a lot faster without having to clutter up the screen. Even though I had to install several apps and use Photoshop to make custom images, none of my phones ever lagged or seemed clunky, not one single bit. It doesn't make the OS bigger when you consider that these images and fonts can be saved on a micro SD plugged into the phone. I always had a very smooth running device. However..... I happily gave all that up in exchange for faster security patches and OS updates regardless of how old my phone is. The iPhone is without a doubt much, much better in this regard. No matter how cluttered and ugly I think the iPhone homescreen looks, it is still in my humble opinion a superior device over Android and always will be.

    Here's my previous Android. I totally recreated this theme by someone else in small graphics using Photoshop, and then reassembled it using a few apps. This was my favorite, since I love the beach so much.
    Attached Thumbnails Will we ever be able to change the 'theme' in iOS 11?-beachwalk.png  
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    08-07-2017 05:49 PM
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