Please bring dark mode from MacOS Mojave to iOS!

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by 212rikanmofo, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. 212rikanmofo macrumors 68000

    Jan 31, 2003
    If apple care's about UI consistency then they need to also incorporate this into iOS as well. I have been using dark mode in Mojave and it's absolutely beautiful and gorgeous. I would love to see this in iOS as well.
  2. TheSkywalker77 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2017
    iOS 13 is most likely getting one if iOS 12 doesn't.
  3. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
  4. AntonisCy macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2010
  5. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    iOS13 - Dark Mode Safari
    iOS 14 - Dark Mode Dock
    iOS 15- Dark Mode Messages
    iOS 16 - Dark Mode Phone
    iOS 17 - Dark Mode System Wide - we can't milk this anymore
  6. Perene macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2015
    What I never see anyone discussing is the fact dark mode doesn't work depending on the site. At least this is how it behaved in my PC (using all browsers and an extension like "Night Mode Pro") and Firefox for iOS.

    There are some sites which will hide the contents (not all from the page - partially *) if we enable dark mode.

    * And when that happens it will become invisible, unless YOU disable dark mode. It's annoying and only affects a few websites.

    I explained here:

    And here:

    Why dark mode it's relevant (for our health). However I think this shortcoming might be one reason why they haven't implemented in Safari for iOS.
  7. Natya Sadella macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2016
    The OS needs a dark mode not the entire internet

    It would be totally okay if safari had a dark mode and the searchbar on the bottom.
  8. btj macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2012
    Go to:

    General-Accessibility-Accessibility Shortcut

    Enable “Smart Invert Colors”

    Once you do that, 3 rapid clicks of the right side button will go between dark mode and regular mode.

    Works with most stuff though some apps are not optimized for it and will show the negative version of images.
  9. Natya Sadella macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2016
    Yeah but thats dumb. They should implement this with ios 13 or 12.x

    Tvos came first, now macos, next hopefully is ios
  10. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Not quite actual "dark mode" but a workaround of sorts.
  11. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    I agree with the OP in that dark mode on my MacBook is fantastic. I know we've been asking about dark mode on iOS for years. It's probably coming, it's just a matter of when.
  12. Perene macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2015
    Smart Invert is awful and far from being true dark mode.
  13. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 601


    Jul 4, 2015
    Wouldn’t that be awesome. Like turning off the lights.
  14. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    Having tried it on my Mac I have no interest in dark mode - but that is me.
  15. sbuntin macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2011
    Portland OR

    iOS 18 - Brand new! Light mode!
  16. btj macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2012
    Yup. But it’s as close as you’re going to get. Personally I don’t particularly care about dark mode so it makes no difference to me whether or not Apple releases an “actual” dark mode.
  17. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Well, it's as close as we can get so far essentially.
  18. gigapocket1 macrumors 65816

    Mar 15, 2009
    I didn’t like dark mode on Mac OS the first day or two... but once I got used to it.. I love it. Especially with the new ascent colors.
  19. Perene, Sep 27, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2018

    Perene macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2015
    Dark mode will become more popular the more people are aware of the harm these devices can do.

    We already have Screen Time and other initiatives, so it's not far fetched to think dark mode will be available everywhere in the near future.

    I remember 10, 20 years ago we had people warning webmasters to not use white in the background... and CRTs to use more than 60 Hz to avoid eye strain.

    Looks like we have not learned anything and continue to do the same mistakes.
  20. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    Next best thing is smart invert on an OLED iPhone (even a non OLED, can be better to read at night on those devices too)

    its not perfect but to have it activated quickly via the triple click on your iPhone X, really helps with battery and reading at night.


    Smart invert "feels" better on the LCD iPhones though, as for some reason it doesn't make the home screen crazy blue and desaturate the colours. It "feels" better on the LCD iPhones, but functionally works and looks better on the OLED devices (better battery life and true blacks)

    Unfortunately, this is the best we'll get on iOS for some time yet. I bet next year, we'll get a true dark mode. Apple will apply the same logic for our phones. And it will really benefit the OLED devices for battery life. With smart invert, a day of light use will get me to 50% or so on my X, whereas a day of light use with smart invert and a black background will only get me to 70%. Its pretty awesome, and I have gone 3 days before without charging it.
  21. bmac89 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2014
    Or... more likely:

    iOS 13 - dark mode
    iOS 14 - light mode
    iOS 15 - a mixture of dark and light mode
    iOS 16 - dark mode returns except for a few areas
    iOS 17 - dark mode abandoned

    iOS 25 - the most powerful mobile operating system ever made... now with cutting edge dark mode

  22. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    Me neither. Bright text on a dark background can be a problem for ageing eyes, and is starting to affect me.

    It is great for some people, but terrible for others. I am happy the option is there for those that want it, as long as it is an option.

    p.s. As you can see on my avatar, I have light text on a dark background, but I have been careful to mute the contrast (it is my company logo on a zoomed in bit of the background for my next game).
  23. unibility macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2012
    OSX has gained support for this feature but will iOS ever get this too?
  24. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    This comes up a lot. My response is always that Dark Mode does not align with Apple's vision for iOS.

    So, my answer to your question is no.

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