It’s only a matter of time before Apple releases a dark mode for iOS. 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 before any other Apple product. Over the past few years, many of Mac’s new features showed up on the iPhone first.
Unfortunately for us iPhone and iPad folks, dark mode did not make the cut to the public release of iOS 12. Learn why we’re hopeful that it’s coming soon in a minor release later this year.
In the meantime, there is a way using iOS 12 (and 11 and to some degree 10) to get a semi-dark mode on your iPhone today.
- Common iOS 12 Problems and How to Fix Them
- How To Enable Dark Mode in iOS 10, 11, & 12
- Use Dark Mode and Dynamic Display on macOS Mojave
- Is Your iPhone Display Too Dim, Yellow, or Dark? Fix Display Problems Now
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.
Dark Mode for macOS?
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one surprised when Apple showed off Dark Mode during the WWDC keynote on the Mac with macOS Mojave instead of iOS.
This new dynamic dark-mode feature allows for your Mac’s desktop picture to adjust dynamically regarding brightness and color tones with variations in daylight available in the room or environment.
Check out this new dynamic dark mode for macOS Mojave! It’s simply awesome.
It’s pretty mind-boggling that there still is no Dark Mode feature for the iPhone
iPhone X Series Phones Are Dark Mode Ready!
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.
Now that we have the iPhone X Series phones like the XS and XR, we really expect a dark mode release–and are frankly surprised Apple did not launch it with all these new phones.
Looking at the XS and XS Max, these phones are just begging for dark mode! They seem built for it.
- How to setup Dark Mode on your iPhone using existing settings
- How to use Dark Mode and Dynamic Display on macOS Mojave
iOS 12 Hints At Dark Mode For Future Updates
It turns out; not all hope is lost for Dark Mode in iOS 12. Developers discovered some details in the iOS 12 beta which seem to hint that Dark Mode may come to iOS 12 after all in a minor update later in the year or in 2019.
iOS 12 already contains some dark elements. The media controls on the lock screen, for example, are a translucent black instead of white.
And if you’re paying attention, you notice the same black translucent background shows 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 12 later this year, now that we have a fantastic new line of OLED iPhones in the XS and XS Max.
I’ll have my fingers crossed until then.
In the meantime, learn how to create a quasi-dark mode (called Smart Invert) on your iPhone or iPad using the techniques outlined in this article.
A Bit About Smart Invert
Be mindful that Smart Invert isn’t a true dark mode. It shows you the contrasts of your iPhone’s current colors.
Rather than show a white background, Smart Invert changes whites to black and some other colors change to their opposite on the color wheel. However, Smart Invert still shows some images and notably, many videos as color negatives.
To turn on smart invert, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Invert Colors > Smart Invert.
It’s not perfect, but until Apple releases a real dark mode option for iOS it will have to do! Sorry folks!
P.S. If you haven’t tried an app which already supports a true dark theme, you’re missing out.