Apple Reminds Developers to Get Ready for Dark Mode in iOS 13

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Apple today reminded developers to optimize their apps for Dark Mode in iOS 13 and iPadOS. All apps built with the iOS 13 SDK will support Dark Mode, which can be tested with the beta versions of iOS 13 and iPadOS.


Apple's notice to developers:
Dark Mode introduces a dramatic new look for iPhone and iPad that is seamlessly integrated throughout the system and simple to turn on from Control Center or Siri. With a dark appearance for all user interface elements, your app's content becomes the focus.

When a user has Dark Mode turned on, all apps built with the iOS 13 SDK will run in Dark Mode. Learn how to optimize for Dark Mode, then test your apps on a device running the latest beta version of iOS 13 or iPadOS. If you need more time to make your apps look fantastic in Dark Mode, or if Dark Mode is not suited for your app, you can learn how to opt-out.
Also see Apple's developer documentation for Dark Mode and related WWDC 2019 videos.

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JosephAW

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Soon it will be mandatory and then another reason for Apple to remove them from the App Store and throw my old 64 bit apps under the bus. I'm still feeling the sting from loosing a bunch of 32 bit apps when upgrading to iOS 12.
 

xxray

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I’m so glad Apple finally brought dark mode. Unlike Google’s implementation in Android, it’s very consistent, works great, and it’ll only get better as developers adopt it in their apps. iOS apps are far more likely to get the implementation than Android apps.
 

nitramluap

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My main app requires me to implement a light mode! :rolleyes:

To be honest, I think it’s great and it’s looking good too. Using dynamic colors makes the job so much easier. I just wish they had more variants of systemBlue, systemRed etc (like a slightly darker/lighter version).
 

numetheus

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Wouldn't hurt to give people a choice. Some do not like dark mode.
you do have a choice to turn dark mode on or leave it off. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to use it. But yeah ... you’re right. It would be nice to give people a choice. If I like it, I should be able to turn it on and have it work.
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Pretty embarrassing seeing as it's not hard at all to implement, only takes a couple minutes and has been available for almost an entire year now.
It’s a web site. Is there even a way to have the browser report OS level information as part of the session? Like ... the OS has dark mode on? This applies to apps. I haven’t heard of a way to write a web page specific to the operating system that is viewed through a web browser on the OS. I’d say most of it is dependent on ... Does mobile Firefox, Chrome, or Safari report that the OS is using some kind of dark mode? If the BROWSER doesn’t report that kind of session information, it’s not possible for a dark mode specific web site that is only usable if that is activated.
 

Feyl

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"With a dark appearance for all user interface elements, your app's content becomes the focus." - It funny because Apple said the very same thing when they introduced that blindingly white iOS 7. So I'm lost here.. what's better for me to focus on my content? According to Apple it doesn't matter obviously. Anyway, I'm happy we finally have dark mode.
 
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KALLT

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It’s a web site. Is there even a way to have the browser report OS level information as part of the session? Like ... the OS has dark mode on? This applies to apps. I haven’t heard of a way to write a web page specific to the operating system that is viewed through a web browser on the OS. I’d say most of it is dependent on ... Does mobile Firefox, Chrome, or Safari report that the OS is using some kind of dark mode? If the BROWSER doesn’t report that kind of session information, it’s not possible for a dark mode specific web site that is only usable if that is activated.
Yes: https://webkit.org/blog/8840/dark-mode-support-in-webkit/
 

Remy149

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Im sure facebook will have dark mode day one (SARCASM). Only took them 5 years to optimize for iPads....not that i even use facebook anymore. Just using them as one of the worst offenders
I don’t understand why the Facebook messenger app has dark mode but the primary app doesn’t.
 

Rychiar

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to people who don't like dark mode do you value your eyes? Been blinded by bright white screens constantly sucks! I've been annoyed ever since the trend of light colored websites overtook the internet. I miss the dark late 90s ones
 

jonnyb098

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I don’t understand why the Facebook messenger app has dark mode but the primary app doesn’t.
I dont understand most of what facebook does which is why me and many others I know dont use it much or at all anymore. They've eroded the trust of way too many people.
 

AustinIllini

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Dark mode is awesome, but yeah, if these third party apps don't get onboard get ready to be blinded in certain settings.