While iOS is yet to adopt a true Dark Mode interface available system-wide like in macOS Mojave, many iOS apps have implemented black themes internally. Here’s how to make those late night Wikipedia sessions easier on the eyes by switching on the app’s dark look.
Wikipedia, the world’s encyclopedia and knowledge base, has never had an attractive mobile app. That changes today with a major refresh to its app in the App Store permitting users to explore Wikipedia content tailored to their interests via an all-new Explore feed.
Navigations has been greatly simplified with new touch-friendly ways to discover content, 3D Touch support, Spotlight Search integration and more.
The app was obviously designed with the theme of exploration in mind.
“We all know Wikipedia as a quick fact-checking resource, but the new app is designed to make exploring knowledge on Wikipedia a journey,” developers told me via email.
I’ve never been a fan of Wikipedia’s iOS app because it’s basically such a piece of you-know-what. Available since August 2009, the software’s never managed to win me over.
Put simply, it’s always felt to me like a hastily written web app, because that’s essentially what it is. But not anymore. Say ‘hello’ to the much-improved Wikipedia Mobile 4.0, now available as a truly native app for the iPhone and iPad.
Yup, no longer is Wikipedia on iOS a second-class citizen that wraps a basic web browser inside some iOS code!
The Wikipedia foundation has built the new version from the ground up for speed and it shows – everything is a lot snappier. There’s a super-convenient table of contents sidebar but more importantly, now you can edit Wikipedia in the palm of your hand.
Moreover, Wikipedia Mobile makes it easy to switch to reading Wikipedia written in another language and the app is now available in more languages than before.
A feature that could have easily gone unnoticed with yesterday’s release of iOS 7.0.3 is the return of web and Wikipedia search directly from Spotlight. The feature had been missing since the first beta release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system.
To access it, simply pull your Home screen down to reveal Spotlight Search. Then start typing whatever you’re looking for. If necessary, scroll all the way down. In my experience, I’ve found that some common searches usually return tons of emails first, making the feature a little less convenient to use than I would want to…