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iOS 10 Concept Features Dark Mode, Split Screen for iPhone

There's been some speculation that the dark theme of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference website and WWDC app are hinting at a potential dark mode set to be released as part of iOS 10, and a new set of concept images from iHelpBR imagines what a dark mode setting could look like on iOS devices.

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A system-wide dark mode is depicted in the images, offering up an example of what darker backgrounds would look like in Messages, Mail, Contacts, News, and more. iHelpBR speculates that such a feature could be set to come on automatically when the sun sets, darkening the entire operating system as is currently done in the Maps app.

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The site images a dark mode that would extend to built-in Apple apps and system menus, as well as third-party apps using a potential dark mode API.

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iHelpBR's concept also features split-screen multitasking and picture-in-picture support, bringing the iPad feature to the iPhone when used in landscape mode. It's not clear if Apple would consider bringing split-screen multitasking to the iPhone given the small amount of screen real estate compared to an iPad, but some users would likely welcome the feature.

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OS X has had a dark mode since the 2014 launch of OS X Yosemite, with a darker menu bar, dock, and system menus, and since then, it's been a highly desired feature for iOS. Despite the darker look of Apple's WWDC app and WWDC website, there is no concrete evidence a dark mode is coming, but it's a possibility. A dark mode was also featured in the iOS 10 wish list concept video created by MacStories.

iOS 10 will debut next week alongside OS X 10.12 and new versions of watchOS and tvOS. Apple is expected to show off the new operating systems at the WWDC keynote event, set to take place on June 13 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Following the keynote event, Apple will likely provide beta versions of new software to developers.

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11 months ago
Can we all give this a collective, "Finally..."?
Rating: 70 Votes
11 months ago
Preparing for OLED screens next year
Rating: 34 Votes
11 months ago
Dark Mode? Likely.

Split screen for iPhones? Nah...they're too small unless it's restricted to the 6+.
Rating: 19 Votes
11 months ago
Dark mode is all about AMOLED power savings.
Rating: 15 Votes
11 months ago

Dark mode? Split screen for iPhone?

Colour me jaded, but what is the point of these? Any developer can use dark mode already in apps. So Apple are introducing it for first party apps; whoop de frigging whoo. And split screen for iPhone is just silly.

If this is the best Apple can do, then truly the time to get excited over a new iOS is gone. Guess Cook's priorities lie with sucking up to empty-headed douchebag D-list celebrities rather than focusing on products. Bloody hell.


You're getting upset by some concept photos done by a website basically guessing and wishing.
Rating: 12 Votes
11 months ago
wow so revolutionary!
:rolleyes:
Rating: 11 Votes
11 months ago
Dark mode? Split screen for iPhone?

Colour me jaded, but what is the point of these? Any developer can use dark mode already in apps. So Apple are introducing it for first party apps; whoop de frigging whoo. And split screen for iPhone is just silly.

If this is the best Apple can do, then truly the time to get excited over a new iOS is gone. Guess Cook's priorities lie with sucking up to empty-headed douchebag D-list celebrities rather than focusing on products. Bloody hell.
Rating: 10 Votes
11 months ago
This has got me considering a Space Grey model in the future. Looking slick.
Rating: 10 Votes
11 months ago
Yes, dark mode would look awesome.
Rating: 8 Votes
11 months ago
If you get mad at Apple over a CONCEPT that isn't even theirs, then you have SERIOUS mental health issues
Rating: 8 Votes

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