Beta Testers Discover Possible 'Dark Mode' Buried in iOS 10

Despite announcing a handful of new additions to iOS 10 earlier in the week at WWDC, Apple kept silent on whether or not a much-requested "Dark Mode" would be coming to its mobile operating system this year, although it did announce a similar feature would be hitting Apple TV.

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Yesterday, developer Andrew Wiik shared a few screenshots of what appears to be an early form of Dark Mode running on the first beta of iOS 10 inside Xcode. Wiik's tweet shows darkened versions of Messages, while a responding user corroborated his finding with pictures of Clock, Safari, and iTunes.

The Clock app is known to have gotten a darkened redesign in iOS 10, and a shot of iBooks is also included, but a reading-enabled "Night Mode" has been around since iOS 8. iTunes also presently uses a darkened scheme in its iOS app but, according to beta tester Mac Aficionados on Twitter, the system wide Dark Mode provides a unified darkened hue across all apps in comparison to what used to be an app-specific colorway with varying levels of black.

In a Reddit post sharing the screenshots, Wiik mentioned that "Apple has implemented the feature it just isn't available for us users yet." He went on to hope that "this won't be an iPhone 7 exclusive."

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The potential for Dark Mode's inclusion in iOS has been around for a while now, but picked up steam thanks to speculation in a few concept videos shared earlier in the Spring. Closer to WWDC, possible hints from a few evasive Siri responses -- alongside additional concept images -- fueled more rumors than ever that the feature would be announced by Apple during its keynote.



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36 months ago
Getting ready for that AMOLED screen.
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36 months ago
This would be the best new feature in iOS 10.
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36 months ago
I sure hope so. This would be much welcomed for me.
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36 months ago
This would be permanently turned on for me.
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36 months ago
I think it's obvious dark mode is coming. Only question is are they saving it for the iPhone launch this fall or for next year with OLED phones.
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36 months ago


Wiik's tweet shows darkened versions of Messages, while a responding user corroborated his finding ('https://twitter.com/Macaficionados/status/743314546656346112') with pictures of Clock, Safari, and iTunes.


Yeah, it doesn't really collaborate anything as noted. Some apps have a dark background, not really evidence of a system wide dark mode other than his messages shots.
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36 months ago
I really want a dark mode, but that looks awful! Even worse than the blinding white we have now.
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36 months ago
I just don't understand why everyone seems to have such a hardon fora dark mode.
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36 months ago
The overall theme (look of the WWDC presentation) heavily hinted at a dark mode. They made heavy use of the black bezel look in demos. I would not be surprised if this is a feature that will be revealed for the upcoming iPhones. I'm not sure they would wait for the release of the rumored OLED display, though. A lot of us would appreciate this now on existing devices. I would love it on my space grey SE.
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36 months ago
iPhone 7 exclusive dark mode?

Why would that even be considered by anyone?
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