Hello darkness, my old friend - screenshots, code seemingly confirm dark mode for iOS 10


Rumors that iOS was about to score a dark interface mode are not new, having circulated for many years now. We have no such feature in iOS 10, though some recent findings suggest that Apple might surprise us in the coming months, either with an upcoming iOS 10 beta or a minor 10.x update later on.

First, we noticed that iOS 10's clock app has gotten rather dark, but now a new treasure trove of iOS 10 apps showed us their inner dark souls. Turns out that developers can switch on dark mode for certain apps, namely iBooks, Safari, and iTunes. Needless to say, regular users can't meddle with this one, but it just might arrive later on this year. Additionally, devs share that they are finding lots of references for dark mode into certain iOS UIKit frameworks.

Still, as much as we anticipate a dark mode of sorts for iOS, we feel that it won't arrive until Apple puts an AMOLED display on its bread and butter. We heard that this will likely happen in 2017, so there you have it.

In the meantime, check out these screenshots that show us some of the apps that already support dark UI mode. Do you like them and do you feel that it will be beneficial for iOS to support this?


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16 Comments

1. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

A black theme should be available on every phone model. That's one of the reasons I use a launcher. Also, will this open up themes for IOS with out jail break?

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'd like both black themes and night themes I like using night themes since I find black themes ugly But black themes do save more power, so are still handy (assuming the iPhone 7 has a OLED)

20. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

I doubt they had enough time to find suppliers and implement it on the next iPhone, maybe next year or 2018 we would see iPhone with OLED display. BTW, what do you think about the next iPhone, it seems to get less and less interesting as more leaks surface, to some point, I am thinking it maybe the most boring phone this year.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Running Eclipse on my phone and never switching back. Dark mode is easier on the eyes and better overall imo. Good job Apple.

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well if they are going amoled then this only makes sense.

5. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

It makes sense even on IPS, less stress on eyes, good during night use.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I can't believe Android and iOS require launchers and other 3rd party apps to do what Windows Phone/Mobile has done natively since WP7. This makes a huge difference, especially on AMOLED displays, with battery usage.

9. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

this^ One thing i absolutely love about Windows Phone/Mobile is that black background has always been the default

6. readreadz

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Ugly.

8. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

well if they also make the move to Amoled technology (long overdue) they have no choice but to add dark mode (Amoled screens consume 3 times more energy than LCD when displaying bright colors)

12. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Actually no. LCD is only slightly better in mostly full white screen but AMOLED is better in mixed colors and of course black color.

10. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Bring it to iOS 10 already!!!!

11. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Another important thing missing from iOS 10 is some kind of "Ultra power mode" to extend battery life further. Come one Apple!

13. shield

Posts: 842; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Ctrl c Ctrl v :D This mode has Android

14. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Needs more optimization.. but still! I'm Ready!

16. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

It always struck me as a bit.. odd that native Android couldn't manage a dark mode, considering the amount of amoled screens around.

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