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

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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How to Enable Dark Mode in iOS 13

In iOS 13, Apple has included a system-wide Dark Mode option similar to the one it brought to the Mac in 2018 with the release of macOS Mojave.


Dark Mode is designed to be easier on the eyes by providing less harsh display brightness in situations where ambient lighting is lower, while maintaining contrast and vibrancy.

If you have an OLED iPhone, such as an iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max, enabling Dark Mode may also conserve battery life whenever true blacks are on screen, since black pixels in an OLED panel basically switch off and consume far less power.

Enabling Dark Mode in iOS 13 is easy – simply follow the steps below.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Tap Display & Brightness.

  3. Under Appearance, tap Dark to switch to Dark Mode.
Note that the Display & Brightness settings screen also includes an Automatic switch that you can toggle – doing so will cause your device to automatically enable Dark Mode at sunset, and Light Mode at sunrise.

Alternately, you can set a custom schedule for the display change by using the Options menu that appears when you toggle on the Automatic switch.

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Last-Minute Leak Reveals iOS 13’s New Reminders App in Dark Mode

Just hours ahead of Apple taking the stage at WWDC 2019, Ben Geskin has leaked a screenshot of what he claims is the new Reminders app coming to iOS 13, complete with the update's widely rumored Dark Mode.


The image actually appears to be a photo of the screenshot, superimposed over an iPhone XS frame, as evidenced by its blurriness.

The redesigned Reminders app has a much cleaner design than the current version, with categories for Today, Scheduled, All, and Flagged, as we saw in a leaked screenshot of the new Reminders app on iPad last week. Dark Mode appears to be a true-black interface, which would of course benefit battery life.

Reminders is one of many Apple apps expected to be updated in iOS 13, alongside Messages, Mail, Maps, Books, and Health, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. He has also reported that Apple will merge its Find My iPhone and Find My Friends apps into one app for tracking the location of devices and friends.

MacRumors will have live coverage of the WWDC keynote on our website and on Twitter starting at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Apple will also be providing a live stream of the keynote on its website and at select Apple retail stores around the world. Follow along throughout the day for up-to-the-minute updates.

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Leaked iOS 13 Screenshots Reveal Dark Mode, Revamped Reminders App, and Merged ‘Find My’ App

Just days ahead of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo has shared what he says are legitimate iOS 13 screenshots, revealing the software update's rumored systemwide Dark Mode, revamped Reminders app, new merged "Find My" app, and more.


Dark Mode can be enabled in the Settings app or in Control Center. On the home screen, the only noticeable change is the dock, which has a darker appearance. In apps, it appears that backgrounds will be true black under Dark Mode, which should lead to battery savings on iPhones with OLED displays.

A redesigned Reminders app on iPad is shown with a large sidebar with separate categories for Today, Scheduled, All, and Flagged. This new layout was first reported by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.


The report claims the new "Find My" app has a large map, a list of the user's family and friends, and a separate tab for the user's own devices. The new icon and additional screenshots can be seen over at 9to5Mac.

WWDC 2019 kicks off with Apple's opening keynote on Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, where the company is widely expected to take the wraps off iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13. MacRumors will have full coverage of the event, including a live blog, so be sure to follow along next week.

Related Roundup: iOS 13

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iOS 13 Expected to Feature Dark Mode, Redesigned Volume Indicator, Improved iPad Multitasking, and More

Ahead of Apple introducing iOS 13 at WWDC in June, 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo has shared new details about what to expect. The report cites sources familiar with the matter and help from developer Steve Troughton-Smith.

iOS 13 Dark Mode concept by Léo Vallet

First, the report claims that a long-awaited systemwide Dark Mode is coming to the iPhone and iPad with iOS 13:
There will be a system-wide Dark Mode that can be enabled in Settings, including a high contrast version, similar to what's already available on macOS. Speaking of macOS, iPad apps that run on the Mac using Marzipan will finally take advantage of the Dark Mode support on both systems.
Improved multitasking is expected on the iPad with iOS 13, including support for multiple windows and stackable cards in apps:
Each window will also be able to contain sheets that are initially attached to a portion of the screen, but can be detached with a drag gesture, becoming a card that can be moved around freely, similar to what an open-source project called "PanelKit" could do.

These cards can also be stacked on top of each other, and use a depth effect to indicate which cards are on top and which are on the bottom. Cards can be flung away to dismiss them.
To the joy of everyone, iOS 13 is said to feature a new volume HUD that is hopefully far less obtrusive than the current one. Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi hinted at this in an email to a customer earlier this year.


iPads are also expected to receive a new standard undo gesture for text input on iOS 13 beyond the existing shake-to-undo. The report claims the new gesture is initiated with a three-finger tap on the keyboard area, and then users can slide left or right to undo and redo actions interactively.

Additional gestures are expected to be introduced in iOS 13 that allow for the selection of multiple items in table views and collection views. Users will supposedly be able to "drag with multiple fingers on a list or collection of items to draw a selection, similar to clicking and dragging in Finder on the Mac."

The report adds that Safari for iPad on iOS 13 will automatically ask for a desktop version of websites when necessary, while the Mail app will organize messages into searchable categories such as marketing, purchases, travel, "not important," and more. The new Mail app is also said to have a "read later" queue.

Font management is also expected to improve in iOS 13, with a new font management menu in the Settings app.

Other features expected in iOS 13 include a redesigned Reminders app that extends to the Mac, improved "Hey Siri" rejection for common ambient noises such as laughter and crying babies, improved multilingual support for keyboards and dictation, and expanded in-app printing controls, according to 9to5Mac.

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Facebook Messenger Dark Mode Fully Rolling Out in ‘Coming Weeks’


Over the weekend, it was discovered that Facebook had hidden a "Dark Mode" toggle in the latest version of FaceBook Messenger.

On Monday Facebook confirmed the release of the hidden feature but also promised a full roll out in the "coming weeks."

Dark mode in Facebook Messenger can be enabled by sending a crescent moon emoji in Messenger. Facebook describes the process as "Simply send a crescent moon emoji – 🌙 – in any Messenger chat to unlock the setting and prompt to turn on dark mode." That said, many have found they may need to force quit Messenger or even reinstall it for the Dark mode to activate. There's been no word on a dark mode coming to Facebook proper.

Facebook also demonstrates that you can improve the look of your chats by tapping on the name, and selecting a custom color or gradient.


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Facebook Messenger Adds Hidden ‘Dark Mode’ Ahead of iOS 13

As noted in a Reddit thread, FaceBook has added a "hidden" setting in FaceBook Messenger that allows you to toggle Dark Mode on and off.


How to Turn on Dark Mode in FaceBook Messenger

  1. Send just the 🌙 emoji to anyone (or even yourself).

  2. Tap on the moon emoji in the chat after you send it.

  3. A pop up should appear saying you found dark mode.

  4. Go to settings and you should see it here.

Per the thread instructions, you may have to force quit the FaceBook Messenger app and relaunch it before tapping on the Moon emoji will work.

It appears that FaceBook is testing dark mode on a more limited basis with some users having reported to have seen this mode before. The secret method to enable dark mode works in both Android and iOS. Apple is widely rumored to be adding a dark mode in iOS 13 which is expected to be debuted at WWDC 2019.

Thanks Nathan!

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