It’s only a matter of time before iOS gets a dark mode. But it is surprising such a coveted feature made it to the Mac first. These days, Apple tends to focus on adding new features to iOS. Over the past few years, many of the Mac’s new features even showed up on iOS first.
The introduction of Dark Mode undoubtedly put a smile on the face of many Mac fans. However, there are many more iPhone users who have been begging for the feature for years. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one surprised when Apple showed off Dark Mode during the WWDC keynote on the Mac instead of iOS.
When the iPhone X was released last year, Dark Mode seemed like a given for iOS 12. It’s the first iPhone ever to use an OLED screen, and blacks look incredible on the display. If you haven’t tried an app which already supports a true dark theme, you’re missing out.
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Current rumors suggest all of the new iPhones Apple introduces this fall will have an OLED screen as well. If this turns out to be true, it will be mind-boggling that there is no Dark Mode feature.
iOS 12 Dark Elements
It turns out; not all hope is lost for Dark Mode in iOS 12. Developers have discovered some details in the iOS 12 beta which seem to hint that Dark Mode may come to iOS 12 after all.
The iOS 12 beta already contains some dark elements. The media controls on the lock screen, for example, are a translucent black instead of white. And if you were paying attention, you noticed the same black translucent background showed up in the Control Center in iOS 11. It seems Apple has been taking slow steps towards a full-fledged Dark Mode.
If rumors turn out to be true, it looks like Apple may be releasing Dark Mode in iOS alongside a new line of OLED iPhones. I’ll have my fingers crossed until then.