iOS 11 concept imagines Dark Mode, Split View on iPhone, FaceTime group calling & more

By , Mar 8, 2017

Unused resources for a dark theme in apps like Messages and Settings were discovered previously in iOS 10 code, fueling speculation that Apple could be laying the groundwork for a full Dark Mode in iOS 11 to coincide with an upcoming iPhone 8 release. A dark interface should help iPhone 8 conserve power because the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology illuminates the individual pixels and doesn’t require a power-hungry backlight.

Polish blog My Apple has put together a stunning video concept that attempts to imagine what a system-wide Dark Mode and some other sought-after rumored features of iOS 11 might look like.

Aside from a breathtaking Dark Mode (referred to as Night Mode) in apps such as Messages, Settings and Mail, the video depicts other possible iOS 11 features based on the rumors, including:

  • Multi-user support on iPad
  • Split-screen multitasking on iPhone
  • FaceTime group calling
  • Per-app Orientation Lock
  • Better storage management with options for clearing the caches and data in apps
  • 3D Touch for Control Center toggles like Wi-Fi
  • Game Mode with shortcuts for recording a screen, muting notifications & more
  • Google Now-like Siri Assistant capable of unearthing relevant information from data on your device, such as a boarding pass or tracking number for a package you recently ordered

And here’s the video.

Eagle-eyed readers could point out that Apple has been experimenting with dark interface themes in iOS for years. For example, Safari’s Reader Mode, as well as the iBooks and iTunes Store apps, have had a dark background since iOS 9.

iOS 10’s overhauled Clock app also sports an all-dark interface.

Because Apple Watch comes outfitted with a power-sipping OLED screen, watchOS has from its inception employed a dark theme to help conserve power. tvOS 10 also features a Dark Mode that can be optionally enabled through the Settings app in order to fit a home theater environment or darker rooms.

Apple is scheduled to preview major updates to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS at its annual conference for developers, which kicks off with a keynote on June 5.

How do you like this concept? Is Apple going to implement a system-wide Dark Mode in iOS 11, do you think? Chime in with your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: My Apple (Google Translate)

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  • Supah Hollywood

    It’s not a concept .. it’s just a jailbroken iPhone

    • Steve Harold

      Literally besides the Siri thing I can do it all now.

      • Supah Hollywood

        Exactly .. I honestly don’t even know what the Siri thing was lol

    • Maybe the lack of new things on Apple’s world made them consider this as a concept. Lol

  • askep3

    The OLED iPhone would last forever with a dark theme like WatchOS

    • If we stand for this idea Apple will make it exclusive for the new iPhone. Like the “new iOS 10.2 wallpapers for iPhone 7 users…”. Ridiculous.

      • askep3

        Personally I don’t care much about the dark mode other than that it will look more in place on black devices than a white theme. Sadly knowing Apple they could make it exclusive but on the other hand they won’t force users to use black them so they might give everyone the option to choose their theme

      • That’s what I hope so. Always had a black iPhone (except for the 5s I had the gray) and I think that a darker interface makes more sense for black devices. But hopefully they will (if they) make it switchable

  • Zack Morris

    I think it’s bs they haven’t released this yet. It doesn’t take away from the “user experience”. I hope this isn’t just for new iPhones. This isn’t something that’s going to slow anything down.

    • Mike M. Powell

      Oh it’s going to be exclusive, no OLED phone no dark mode, I can see it now

  • T_Will

    Please Apple, just give us a volume HUD that doesn’t block the middle of the screen.

    • Liggerstuxin

      Absolutely. I have no idea why I have to fix that every single freaking time I update my jailbreak.

    • Jay

      At least they give apps(youtube is one I noticed so far) some freedom and use alternative HUDs.

      • T_Will

        True, I wish they would make the non-intrusive HUD the default though.

  • Sebastián Junca 

    Well for Siri Assistant to work, Apple (As Google does) needs access to your information (contacts, e-mails, location), unless they come up with a solution to privacy invasion, its not a good idea.

    • :D

      They already do if you use iCloud for emails and stuff

  • Stefano Polo

    Clear Cache and Data!!!!!