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Michal Malewicz
6 min readFeb 2, 2024


Apple bad contrast design example

Take a look at the above image. This is a native Message removal dialog in Mac OS Sonoma 14.2.1 (the latest update). And obviously there is a big issue with this — namely the second button from the top.

This particular combination of dark mode and a negative action button is just jarring. Let’s see what the contrast ratio has to say about this.

contrast ratio for apple button dark mode
18p = 18pt font size

As you can see this fails all the major WCAG categories, and even with the coming updates to the evaluation models it will still fail.

Before we continue I need to say something. It needs to be said right here and right now, before we look further into this and propose some solutions.

I like Apple products

I’ve been an Apple user for the last 15 years. I own a MacBook Pro (M1Pro), Apple Watch, two iPhones (15Pro and 12mini), two iPads (Pro and mini), a Mac Mini, a Studio Display and multiple Thunderbolt displays from the past.