Dark Mode is coming to iOS, though it might be a while

Dark Mode is coming to iOS, though it might be a while
After Dark Mode was discovered in the stock iOS 10 Message app through the Xcode iOS simulator, unsurprisingly, curious techies kept digging around the code for more tidbits of what's to come from Apple's mobile OS in the future.

Programmer Andrew Wiik – one of the people who posted the first screenshots of the Message app in Dark Mode – has now discovered the same functionality in the iOS 10 Settings app. His new findings further back the theory that Apple might indeed be preparing a system-wide dark theme for iOS.

On a slightly unrelated note, Wiik's exploration of the iOS 10 code yielded another interesting finding – a sixth, blank button near the top of the Control Center. While its purpose is unknown, Wiik speculates that it might be reserved for a cellular data toggle.

Rumors about an upcoming dark theme for iOS have been going around for a while, even before WWDC 16, but with the release of the first iOS 10 beta people have been finding some convincing clues that Apple's developers are at least playing around with the feature internally. For example, asking Siri to turn on Dark Mode results in her saying, “Sorry, but I'm not able to change that setting”, rather than yielding a generic response. Although the feature was not demoed or even mentioned during the keynote, the new Clock app for iOS 10 introduced a slew of changes, among which is a new dark theme spanning across all tabs and settings of the app.

Whether Dark Mode will make it into the final release of iOS 10 this fall remains uncertain. Apple might be holding off until next year's iPhone which will purportedly feature an OLED display, as dark UIs are particularly well suited for this type of screen.



source: Andy Wiik via Redmond Pie

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14 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

OMG.....Darkmode that is innovation.........Clickbait article!

3. xperian

Posts: 420; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Who said it was innovation

4. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Same old trolls as always... Apple don't, Apple users dont, these guys are just a bit unstable.

5. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

I guess you do not understand sarcasm.....

6. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I do, your intent is to have a dig Apple with your comment based on something they, or their users, haven't said - so in that case sarcasm doesn't really work. If Apple had said they were introducing "an innovative new dark mode in iOS 10!" then the sarcasm might work. Get it? You're just trolling.

8. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Guess i will call it trollcasm!

12. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

That's better! :D

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

"It's amazing, unbelievable. The most beautiful trash can icon."

7. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

It'll probably be fully ready by the time 10.1 or 10.2 is out. I'm E to the X to the C I T E D!

10. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Me too dark mode, finally a different look

9. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

I like the dark colors,,,but invert color in accessibility settings are nearly the same on current iOS but invert is kinda ugly I prefer the dark mode..

11. tokuzumi

Posts: 1934; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

With Apple going to AMOLED screens in the near future, a dark theme will go a long way to help preserve battery life. White backgrounds use less power on LCDs, and black uses less power on AMOLED.

13. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

What's the big deal with this dark mode?

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

iPhone users may finally get to enjoy the battery life Android users enjoy. But the only difference is we get it no matter what color the colors are, as long as it isnt all white. Most of them on Android aren't white. But things like webpages that tend to be, drain the battery faster due to AMOLED screens not being able to show true white. They use a combination of colors to give an off-white if Apple is switching to AMOLED displays, they need the least amount of white as they can have to prevent excessive battery drain.

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