Enable button shapes on iOS 7.1

Th latest iOS update makes it easier to discern what is a button and what is simply a text label, but you'll need to enable it.

iOS 7.1 Button Shapes
On the left, Button Shapes is disabled. On the right, they're enabled and the result is the back button at the top. Jason Cipriani/CNET

When iOS 7 launched with its redesigned interface, the buttons were replaced with simple text labels. The change seemed like an decent idea to match the buttons with the toned-down approach of the user-interface as a whole in iOS 7. But for some, having to guess what's a button and what's simply a text label was a pain.

With the release of iOS 7.1, Apple has added the option to bring back the familiar button shapes across the operating system in both native and third-party apps.

The switch to enable button shapes can be found in Settings > General > Accessibility. Once enabled, you'll immediately see the outline of the button at the top of your screen show up.

It's important to note, not all buttons will have an accompanying shape. Some buttons are simply underlined text, while others have a semi-translucent shape in behind them.

At the end of the day, however, with button shapes enabled users may be able to identify buttons a lot faster.

What say you, dear readers? Button shapes on or off with iOS 7.1?

 

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