Toggle Dark Mode
At Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote last Monday morning, the company showcased, among other new software milestones, the forthcoming, feature-rich release of iOS 10 — which is expected to touch down for the general public sometime around the end of September, 2016.
And while we weren’t shown the forthcoming mobile operating system’s long-rumored ‘dark mode’ at the WWDC event, some recent reports from developers currently testing iOS 10 developer beta have revealed that ‘dark mode’ is still very much a looming possibility for future beta releases.
For instance, according to a recent Twitter post from iOS developer, Andrew Wiik, a slew of alleged iOS 10 beta screenshots he’d taken on his iPhone appear to show the user interface decked-out in all its tastefully blackened glory. Other developers, however, have emphasized that the current iteration of dark mode only appears to work in certain system apps — as opposed to the fully-fledged, blacked-out UI that most of us were likely expecting. But even what we’re seeing so far, for what its worth, paints a clear picture that at least Apple is experimenting with a dark mode in some capacity, right?
While Wiik, himself, has allegedly posted screenshots showing iOS 10’s dark mode employed in the Messages app — by far the deepest implementation we’ve seen to date; other developers currently testing iOS 10 beta have reported that even asking Siri to enable the dark mode feature results in the virtual voice assistant indicating that she’s “not able to change that setting” — as opposed to just a flat out “no,” or, perhaps better yet, “I don’t know what you’re trying to say.”
And, of course, this seemingly innocent feature faux pas could ultimately be another sign that Siri knows more than we do, but that much still remains to be seen.
Interestingly enough, and sure to fuel additional speculation, Wiik also posted a screenshot of the iOS simulator for Mac OS X — which shows a vivid (albeit inherently blank) 6th toggle button in the iOS Control Center panel. And while the possibility of a 6th toggle button doesn’t seem too far-fetched, in and of itself, we don’t currently know what it could be there to control.
Wiik, for his part, has suggested that perhaps a Cellular/LTE Data connectivity toggle is a safe bet, noting that the control panel in iOS 9 includes toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Airplane mode — however, conspicuously absent from the current slate of options is a dedicated toggle to control Cellular Data connectivity.
And while this crucial connectivity can be controlled manually by going into Settings > Cellular Data on your iPhone, there currently is no other means, aside from Airplane mode, to go in and toggle Cellular data on and off without disrupting other connections in the process.
Of course, with the 10th installment of iOS looming just over the imminent horizon, we probably won’t be waiting too long until additional details about what exactly Apple’s next, fully-fledged evolution in mobile goodness has in store for us.
Are you looking forward to the new ‘Dark Mode’ in iOS 10? Let us know in the comments!
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[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]