iPhone XI renders show what Dark Mode could look like in iOS 13

iPhone XI renders show what Dark Mode could look like in iOS 13
For years on end, people who do some bedtime reading at night—as well as those, who generally don't like their retinas burned by bright, white lights—have been clamoring for more software developers to build a dedicated 'Dark Mode' or 'Night Mode' (or whatever you want to call it) into their apps. Many have taken this to heart, actually, which has allowed users to dim the lights on a per-app basis, but we are yet to see a from-the-ground-up, system-wide dark mode from either Apple or Google.

This is changing with the introduction of iOS 13 and Android Q, thankfully, but what took companies so long to deliver a (relatively) simple concept like that? Well, the main reason is perhaps the availability of OLED displays, which have been around for many years, but are only now becoming the de-facto norm even on mid-range device. The reasoning behind this being that the full benefits of a dedicated Dark Mode can only be reaped from an OLED display, where individual pixels can remain unlit, whereas LCDs light up even when displaying a solid black color.


Automatically changing the wallpaper to a solid black one should also be an option when enabling Dark Mode

Now, as Apple and Google have introduced devices with OLED panels, both companies have finally decided to dedicate some time to developing system-wide Dark Modes, which will be introduced with iOS 13 and Android Q, respectively. No, we're not talking about modified accessibility features that aim to invert colors in a smart way, but rather dedicated night modes, developed from the ground up for bedtime reading.

With this in mind, we thought we'd let the creative juices flow and imagine what the new Dark Mode could look like in iOS 13, on the iPhone XI (a.k.a iPhone 11, because who knows – Roman numerals could have been an anniversary-only thing for Apple). Anyway, here's what we'd like to see from the new Dark Mode in iOS 13:


Don't just invert whites, also subdue and limit other colors as much as possible. For example, instead of using solid, colorful toggles for various settings when they are enabled, a colorful outline can convey just as much information, without emitting unnecessary light.

Given how often people reach for their phones before bed, right after waking up, and countless times in between, not getting your retinas obliterated by glaring white light will be little godsend really. Taking into account recent rumors that Apple may shift to OLED for all of its future iPhones, including "budget" offerings, this actually makes a lot of sense.

The people seem to agree, as one of our recent polls indicates. The vast majority of voters (over 91%) said that they were excited about Apple's upcoming, system-wide Dark Mode in iOS 13, while only a tiny fraction said they didn't care much about it. Yours truly is definitely falls in the majority, but what about you? Tell us in the comments below!


Since modern user interfaces can be on the colorful side, simply inverting the colors or converting everything to grayscale doesn't cut it. On the other hand, limiting the number and intensity of some colors could be good when using Dark Mode.

Apple introduced a great dark mode in the macOS Mojave edition and is almost definitely going to mimic the idea in the next iteration of iOS. Speaking of that, iOS 13 is the next major update of Apple's mobile operating system and it may debut alongside the iPhone XI in September, though it's possible to see it even earlier in beta form. The previous iteration, iOS 12, was released to the public on September 12 last year, though numerous beta versions were made available to developers and enthusiasts starting in June. We may see a similar timeline with iOS 13 this year.


iPhone XI concept render based on preliminary information about the phone. For more on that, check out our iPhone XI rumor review.

Disclaimer: The images featured in the material are based on preliminary information about the respective device(s), including (but not limited to) leaked photos and CAD files. As such, they may not be fully representative of the device(s) final design.

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28 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4259; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Dark mode is a welcome addition. Too bad a screen full of icons hinders the battery saving opportunities. The camera hump tumor iiib the back of the render image is hilarious though. 2015 design chops hard at work

3. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

If only ios had a way to make icon folders or multiple home screens like android.

4. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

You can have 1 app on your homescreen if that's what you want. I prefer actually using my device instead looking homescreen :)

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4259; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Workarounds for poor UI. Makes sense.

23. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You realize that’s entirely subjective I hope? I find most Android home screens to look like absolute train wrecks. Dudes have 8 widgets in the corner and five rows of nonsense stacked on top of each other. s**t looks tacky. Not to mention all the the up and coming OEMs basically copy Apple’s UI. Hell, even Google wants the “iPhonish” look moving forward.

24. jm405

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

I don't see many Android homescreens like you described but when I do it drives me nuts. Lol.

27. ssallen

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

What are you even talking about? Up and coming? Are you talking Xiaomi? They have been around nearly a decade. If anyone its Apple copying, Android has been doing dark modes since the beginning. But keep dreaming iTard.

7. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

"Too bad a screen full of icons hinders the battery saving opportunities." True if you just stare at your homescreen for longer period of time. I mean, a homescreen is basically a launcher. You launch an app. You don't spend any more time than finding what you want to launch.

8. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Except if you are those Android users who spend all their days customizing their homescreen :)

11. Marcwand3l

Posts: 446; Member since: May 08, 2017

We enjoy simple/clean/functional Home Screens like this one: https://imgur.com/a/MvdLh6o iOS users are stuck in the stone age of home screen customization.

17. cmdacos

Posts: 4259; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Looks good. How do you function without having ther full grid in plain view, lol?

19. Marcwand3l

Posts: 446; Member since: May 08, 2017

I don't know, those screens full of apps are hard to resist. Maybe I'm lucky. On a more serious note, excluding the widget I actually have 20 apps on that single home screen. For example the settings apps is accessible for me with a double tap and I have 2 folders hidden behind two apps(thanks top the great Nova Launcher). Blending this level of simplicity and functionality is simply not possible on iOS. What can I say, those that don't have it can't appreciate it. On Android in terms of customization I can have my cake and eat it too. On iOS not so much.

20. ryanbbn

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 29, 2019

Maybe some people don't care about customized screens and use the phone for its purpose of calls, text a internet browsing

21. rsiders

Posts: 1971; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

At least we have the option.

10. Vokilam

Posts: 1273; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

1. Wtf do you do on your phone? I actually unlock only to launch an app - which iOS brings front and center. 2. All the info I need is customized to my lock screen - the info is categorized by apps/priority before it is unlocked, such as: “text message, or notification” and only shows full information after the phone sees my own face, such as “text message from wife - pick up milk form store”. Zero effort required - other than looking at screen (at a lot more obscure angles, btw, than any phone with face or iris scanner). I do not go any further into my phone unless I need to launch an app - and I certantly don’t want another step between unlocking and launching an app. Your smoking something - stop!

14. Marcwand3l

Posts: 446; Member since: May 08, 2017

A very unconvincing pleading.

16. cmdacos

Posts: 4259; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I unlock to launch an app. All 140ish apps confined to my home screen, all in thumbs reach on the bottom 3 rows but only appears like I have 15 apps on my screen. Much better than a massive archaic screen of icons.

2. RAV4CAD

Posts: 96; Member since: May 03, 2016

Best dark mode rendetion ever in a smartphone...

5. geekyking

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 31, 2019

Why you guys not making a dark theme for ur website?

18. cmdacos

Posts: 4259; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Built in to many browsers so they don't need to...

9. obedchuni

Posts: 336; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I think dark mode is only the change in iOS 13 and android q, nothing more than that.

13. Marcwand3l

Posts: 446; Member since: May 08, 2017

The difference it that Dark Mode for Android Q is officially confirmed by Google while for Apple is still just a rumor. Google has obviously been preparing for Dark Mode for quite some time enabling this theme on various of their first party apps like: Phone, Contacts, Messages since last year.

12. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Ooh. So u change the wallpaper?!!

22. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I use dark mode round the clock

25. Vancetastic

Posts: 1539; Member since: May 17, 2017

I like the dark mode, and will use it if it comes to be. I also like the commentary from those will never buy an iPhone.

26. ssallen

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Apple is just copying Android. Sorry, had to be said.

28. Georgio

Posts: 258; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Only in your world Apple is copying Android, not in the real one.

29. rrobinson1216

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 26, 2019

You could at least credit designers in your post - one of those screenshots is literally using a jailbreak tweak called Togglow, by reddit user smokin1337. Come on guys.

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