Official Wikipedia App for iOS Introduces Dark Mode and iMessage Sticker Pack

Aug 8, 2017 7:30 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
The official Wikipedia app for iOS [Direct Link] has been updated this week with an all-new dark mode, letting users adjust the app for better Wikipedia browsing and reading in low-light environments. Aside from expected darker colors, the new dark mode is said to include "image dimming," so brighter pictures aren't as harsh when scrolling through Wikipedia entries.


A separate option in sepia colors is available now as well, and Wikipedia said that users will also be able to adjust text size in appearance controls.
Dark mode! Read in comfort with new Appearance controls, including dark colors and image dimming. Make those late night Wikipedia sessions easier on the eyes. Choose between sepia, dark or white themes to read Wikipedia your way!
The version 5.6 update also introduced an iMessage sticker pack for Wikipedia users, and a few new ways for readers to explore and discover new articles. In the Explore feed, an "on this day" card will highlight interesting events that happened on the day in question throughout history, with a timeline that users can scrub through to see other events on the same day.

Standalone iOS apps have been gaining support for dark mode individually over the years, although a system-wide solution introduced on Apple's part remains omitted from any version of iOS. The upcoming launch of iOS 11 will include a new "Smart Invert" feature in accessibility options, reversing the display's colors with an overall effect that's similar to what users want out of dark mode. But the feature doesn't extend to all UI elements in iOS 11, including exceptions related to images, media, and some apps.

The official Wikipedia app is available to download for free from the iOS App Store. [Direct Link]


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33 months ago
What is the big advantage of using a specific app for Wikipedia (for example their own app) vs Safari and just visit Wikipedia website ?
Rating: 3 Votes
33 months ago

What is the big advantage of using a specific app for Wikipedia (for example their own app) vs Safari and just visit Wikipedia website ?

Ease of access? I wikipedia everything, and the idea of going to safari, going to bookmarks, choosing wiki... it's just too cumbersome. Most wiki apps also have neat features like saving favorite articles, which I do when I'm watching a TV show on cable and want to keep up with what number episode it's on and how far there is left to go in the season.
Rating: 2 Votes
33 months ago
I love this app and these updates are awesome.

It's unbelievable how the whole world knowledge (almost) is in our pockets all the time and yet we choose to use it to "snap" our food and collect "likes"
Rating: 2 Votes
33 months ago

It's unbelievable how the whole world knowledge (almost) is in our pockets all the time and yet we choose to use it to "snap" our food and collect "likes"


Right? The iPhone on its own is basically a Tricorder, but with Wikipedia on it the only thing missing is a leather cover with "Don't Panic" embossed on the front. I don't know how much plainer it could be. But all people seem to care about is selfies and reps.
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Erm, maybe because you set your search engine to DuckDuckGo.

I just tried and it works.(Default search engine)


Right, DDG is my default search engine. What are you talking about?
Rating: 2 Votes
33 months ago

Have you ever considered just saving the front page of Wikipedia to your home screen? You end up with an icon just like an app, and you go right to the page, all without the storage overhead of an app.


Even easier is to pull down from top of the screen and enter "wiki xyz" in the search box. After the suggested websites (from Wikipedia), you get a brief paragraph from Wikipedia about your specific search phrase and a direct link to the Wikipedia page.
Rating: 2 Votes
33 months ago

As a workaround, in iOS 10, you can enable a triple-click of the home button as a shortcut to an inverted grayscale mode. Follow the instructions here ('https://9to5mac.com/2016/03/18/how-to-reduce-iphone-screen-brightness-without-jailbreak/'), and choose "Grayscale Inverted" as the filter for Zoom mode.

That is a terrible solution I'd never use and enabling triple click on the home button delays all double click home button actions because it has to wait for a potential third click.
Rating: 1 Votes
33 months ago
Compared to some of the brand awareness I've seen some attempt with iMessage stickers, theirs is pretty good.

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Another thing that the apps do better is keep the search button in reach so you don't have to scroll around to get back to it.

Despite not offering a dark mode, I prefer V for Wiki.


Love V for Wiki. Switched to it after Inquire didn't update for awhile and stopped working for me.
Rating: 1 Votes
33 months ago
I love the Wikipedia app.

It supports universal links so all Wikipedia links open with the native application.

It has an in-article menu allowing you to easily switch between different sections of an entry much easier than what the website allows.

It handles images much better than the Wikipedia mobile site and you can dismiss them with a swipe.

And it now has a really nice looking and incredibly interesting "On this day" section along with a beautiful dark mode.

The app in its current state is such an improvement over their past offerings. I feel it functions and looks better than the mobile site - well worth the 22MB of storage it takes on my 64GB iPhone!
Rating: 1 Votes
33 months ago
I'm sure people will be sending wikipedia stickers like crazy. :rolleyes:
Rating: 1 Votes
33 months ago

Ease of access? I wikipedia everything, and the idea of going to safari, going to bookmarks, choosing wiki... it's just too cumbersome.



Have you ever considered just saving the front page of Wikipedia to your home screen? You end up with an icon just like an app, and you go right to the page, all without the storage overhead of an app.
Rating: 1 Votes

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