iPhone 11 running iOS 13 with Dark Mode envisioned in 3D renders

iPhone 11 running iOS 13 with Dark Mode envisioned in 3D renders
After many years, the reign of LCD technology in the mobile world seems to be coming to an end. With the price of OLED displays steadily decreasing over the past couple of years, more and more companies are willing to implement the technology even in mid-range offerings.

This hardware trend is also affecting the development of apps, games, and even the two major mobile operating systems. Thanks to the ability of OLED panels to completely turn off black pixels, more developers are realising the potential Dark Mode has when combined with the new technology.

Not that there hasn’t been apps and themes in the past that have made everything on our smartphones darker, but now that OLED technology is becoming increasingly commonplace, companies are really getting into designing interfaces that are better suited for night-time use.

Pretty much all major companies, including Google, Samsung, and Apple, are going to offer built-in Dark or Night modes on their devices starting this year. Android Pie and Samsung’s One UI have already flipped the switch, while Apple is widely rumored to be working on such a mode for iOS 13.

With this in mind, and having seen the new Dark Modes on Android Pie and One UI, we thought we'd let the creative juices flow and imagine what it could look like in iOS 13, on the iPhone XI (or iPhone 11, because maybe Roman numerals were an anniversary-only thing for Apple).

iOS 13 will have a dedicated Dark Mode

We've subtly redesigned the iconography of iOS to fit in with Dark Mode. We're sure we've broken some Apple design guidelines in the process.

Looking at the standard iOS icon set, we felt like it wasn't perfectly suited for Dark Mode. After all, it was tailored with iOS's colorful aesthetic in mind. That's why we decided to subtly redesign the icons to feature dark backgrounds while maintaining their color identity. For example, the Mail and Facetime icons, which otherwise feature white pictograms against a colorful background, have been imbued with color and placed against a dark background. This helps retain their color identity and makes them easier to find on the screen, all the while playing into the aesthetic of Dark Mode. Of course, we wouldn't hold our breath for Apple to actually redesign the iconography of iOS in this way, but we think it looks good nonetheless.

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 at all times may be the way to go. Taking into account recent rumors that Apple may shift to OLED for all of its future iPhones, including "budget" offerings, building a night mode directly into iOS 13 makes a lot of sense.

Users seem to agree with this sentiment, as one of our recent polls suggests. 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.

Apple last year introduced Dark Mode in macOS Mojave 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 there’s a chance that we may 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 alike starting as early as June.

The iPhone XI may have three main cameras

How cool would it be if the flash was built into the edge of the camera model? The answer is inversely proportional to the likelihood of it happening!

But what about the next iPhone model? Well, rumors have been floating around over the past months, suggesting that Apple may opt for a triple camera setup in the next model. We don’t know what this entails yet, but provided it comes to fruition, it will likely be comprised of a regular, wide-angle, and telephoto cameras.

Another thing that we’re curious about, is how Apple will position the camera module on the back of the iPhone 11. Will it retain the vertical orientation that was introduced with the iPhone X, or return to the horizontal setup of earlier models? Whichever way that goes, it would be seriously cool if the flash could be built into the bezel of the camera bump itself. We know that this is not a likely scenario, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome.

The end of the notch?

The design of the iPhone X has been widely panned for the inclusion of a rather sizable notch atop the screen, but has also been copied to death in the years since its introduction. However, the industry seems to be ready to move onto the next stopgap to a truly all-screen device – the “punch-hole” selfie camera.

There have been recent rumors suggesting that Apple may either reduce the size of the notch on the next iPhone model or get rid of it entirely. The latter would either entail a punch-hole style camera, or an under-display camera. We wouldn’t bet any money on the under-display solution, as the technology is not yet ready for prime time, though it exists.

An iPhone with a punch-hole front-facing camera is not out of the question, but we’re not sure whether Apple would willing to follow this trend. If the next iPhone has a punched display, it will look very similar to Samsung’s current flagships and other offerings on the market. For this reason, we decided to keep the notch in our concept renders, though with a reduced size.

If you've enjoyed these concept images, check out the gallery at the end of the article for more!

Disclaimer: the images featured in this article are based on preliminary information and rumors and have no pretense of being fully representative of the final design of the iPhone 11 and/or iOS 13.



2. mohsin845

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Thanks Samsung for Amoled Display & Implement FPS on display.

7. Georgio

Posts: 296; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Thank me cos I made the FPS, not Samsung

25. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Fps is already outdated by faceID

27. midan

Posts: 3123; Member since: Oct 09, 2017


49. Vokilam

Posts: 1379; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

100% agree (and I've used samsung before my iPX) Face ID is so much better than FP sensor by so many advantages. The only time it's a problem is if you wear a mask, by typically when I do wear a mask (construction) i also wear gloves, so same problem regardless - need to take off either one or type in password.

51. rOHAN287

Posts: 15; Member since: May 06, 2016

It seems you work in a very harsh environment. Please take care of your life dude rather than being on the phone and deciding which technology is the best for you. You have family and friends who love you and dont give a sh*t how you unlock the phone and which technology is better. #LOL

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

They won't make dark icons.

15. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 762; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Probably not, but it would be cool if they did. Anyway, the point of a fan made render is not only to predict what might happen, but also to incorporate what you would like to see happen as well.

5. midan

Posts: 3123; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Doesn't look good

8. shield

Posts: 869; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Front design aka LG G8.

33. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

yes, Apple is definitely trying to copy LG....

34. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Wait what. Didn't the iPhone X come out way before that phone? Did the LG G8 even release yet?

9. User123456789

Posts: 1176; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I bet they will only change CPU and reduce battery 7%. But prices go up again.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31614; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hmmmm :/

11. thxultra

Posts: 473; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

So it looks like a iphone xs running in the new dark mode. Meh

14. MartyLK

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 08, 2016

Ohh, wow! A dark mode! That's some extreme innovation, Apple! I'm so proud...pfft. I think I'll stick with my Galaxy S10e. Much better device all around. Blows any iPhone away.

28. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

You think?? You didn't buy a S10 even,, just the cheaper s10e model...shows apple didn't lose a customer....

31. Vancetastic

Posts: 1771; Member since: May 17, 2017

The comment shows that Apple didn’t GAIN a customer. Hey, at least you tried.

32. midan

Posts: 3123; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Maybe that made him so insecure about his choice?

38. chris2k5

Posts: 291; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Your Samsung clearly blows up too ;)

16. BossBryanTantoco

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

by december then ios 13 doesnt have dark mode, i will surely switch to note 10 then!!

18. Khyron

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Ios 13 excitanting New feature A dark mode full of bugs

22. JcHnd

Posts: 285; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Honestly... It looks way better in dark mode, they may have a winner again

24. Vancetastic

Posts: 1771; Member since: May 17, 2017

It kinda looks like it’s running Android.

29. sonofabdoel2nd

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 21, 2018

It's cool. But it's impossible Apple will give what their fansboys want. Their moto was "people don't know what they want until we come and show them".

37. osterrich21

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Everytime I enter in this site I see a note about Apple.Everytime.

39. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Nothing impressive! Blah renders...


Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

Pathetic, my 6s looks much better

43. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

I had dark mode on my last iPhone 4S via Cydia repos. The good ol' days of jailbreaking.

44. iphonearenauser unregistered

Let’s face it. Android is for Geeks, Apple is for everyone else.

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