Many people, including myself, noticed the strangely colored iOS 6 status bar during yesterday’s WWDC Keynote. Well, some new findings have explained to us why it was that strange color. In stock applications, where Apple has kept the blue theme (though it is a slightly different shade), the status bar appears a blueish color. Many assumed Apple had just added some color to “freshen up” the look of it. However, as seen in the screenshots above, the status bar does not always stay that same color, instead matching the color of the application that is in use. Not all apps support this at the moment. There is actually a quite small minority that do, but it is likely something that should be easy for developers to implement.
If I had to guess, what effects the status bar is how the developer’s chose to implement the color of their choice on the navigation bar (the part directly under the status bar usually showing the apps name or part of the app you are in). If the developer used an image to overlay the color, the status bar does not change with it. However, if the developer used hexadecimal color codes to change it to their preferred color, the status bar reads that and then adapts to what it sees appropriate. So it shouldn’t be hard to implement at all, just one little thing developers will need to add.
What do you think? Do you like the new adaptive status bar? Will you miss the old silver status bar? Let us know in the comments.