Twitter’s optional Night Mode, introduced in mid-2106, isn’t dark enough for many customers who were asking for a pure black interface rather than a dark-gray theme. Thankfully, the firm is aware of this #FirstWorldProblem issue and has promised to do something about it.
As TechCrunch reported yesterday, in response to a complaint from a customer who told Twitter’s boss Jack Dorsey that the app’s Night Mode theme isn’t dark enough but more of a blue-ish or gray-ish shade, Dorsey acknowledged that’s going to be fixed.
Darkened interfaces aren’t just softer on the eyes but also look gorgeous on OLED panels that typically display far greater contrast than the LCD screens. Apple provides an officially sanctioned system-wide Dark Mode on Macs, but not on iPhones and iPads.
Due to the popularity of dark themes in apps, many popular apps have now implemented an optional darkened interface, like a number of iPhone apps now support darker themes, including Outlook, Twitterrific, Wikipedia, Bear Notes, Apollo, YouTube and many more.
For more apps with a Dark Mode-like appearance, be sure to check out Apple’s own list of the top apps that feature dark or pure black interfaces. The third-party website Darkmodelist.com highlights 70+ iPhone apps with custom dark themes along with screenshots.
In my personal opinion, Twitterrific has probably the best implementation of a Dark Mode-like interface of any app. Aside from your choice of Light or Black theme (the latter offers two sub-settings, Dark and Black), the app offers an automatic theme-switching option based on the time of day. Or, you can just swipe left or right with two fingers to switch themes manually.
Aside from battery benefits on OLED screens, Dark Mode interfaces reduce the amount of sleep-disrupting blue light, helping lessen device addiction and improve sleep.
Even The Wall Street Journal did a write-up on dark themes in apps, arguing that dark or pure black interfaces should become a standard setting across all apps and devices.
Dark Mode fans have been holding their breath for a proper system-wide Dark Mode setting in iOS. Though it could introduce it with iOS 13 after it debuted Dark Mode in macOS Mojave last year, as with everything Apple—nothing is certain until Apple officially announces it.
And given that 2020 iPhones may use OLEDs exclusively, including a successor to the LCD-based iPhone XR, it’d make sense to bring Dark Mode to iPhone and iPad with iOS 13 this fall.
Should iOS implement a system-wide Dark Mode, do you think?
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