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 Apple iOS 13 Introduces Dark Mode


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Apple iOS 13 Introduces Dark Mode

Apple is bringing Dark Mode to iOS 13, the new version of its mobile OS for this 2019. Apple made the announcement at The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)2019, a year after bringing the feature to macOS Mojave. Onstage, the company showed many of its popular Apps working in Dark Mode, including Maps, Notes, Calendar, Music, and Messages. The company has also confirmed that Dark Mode is coming to the iPad with iPadOS.



The company says the mode will be available across all its OS native apps, and can also be used by third-party app developers. Users can set iOS 13’s Dark Mode to turn on automatically at either a set time or at sunset. That is just so cool!

Apple’s announcement means that both major mobile operating systems will be receiving a Dark Mode in 2019 after Google said that it would be bringing one to Android Q later this year. Android’s Dark Mode is already available in the beta version of Q, and Google is hard at work updating its first-party apps to take advantage of the new color scheme.

Dark Modes have become an incredibly popular feature in recent years. It’s partly for functional reasons, and partly just because they look so amazingly cool. Although claims that they can reduce eye strain have a shaky scientific basis, they can bring much more tangible benefits to devices with organic light-emitting diode (OLED or Organic LED) screens, which tend to use less battery life with darker color schemes. Now that’s a battery-saving feature we all want!


Dark Mode: A Dramatic New Look for iPhone

A beautiful new look with Dark Mode, a new dark color scheme that works system-wide and across all native apps to deliver a great viewing experience, especially in low-light environments. Dark Mode is available to third-party app developers for integration into their own apps and can be scheduled to turn on automatically at sunset or at a certain time. 

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These are some Dark Mode key features and enhancements to expect for iOS 13.


  • Beautiful new look

       A new Dark Mode option gives iOS and apps a beautiful dark color scheme. Perfect for low-light environments, Dark Mode is easier on your eyes and won’t disturb the people around you. 

  • Scheduled

      Have Dark Mode turn on and off at a certain time or based on sunrise and sunset, which is great when you’re outside at night or using your iPhone before you go to bed. We all need this, don’t you agree?

  • Turn on manually

      Tap the new button in the Control Center to quickly turn Dark Mode on and off, such as when you enter a dark room or theater.

  • Wallpapers

      New wallpapers optimized for Dark Mode automatically change as you switch between light and dark.

  • System integration 

      Dark Mode is beautifully integrated throughout iOS, from built-in apps and settings to system-level views.

  • Works with your favorite apps 

      An API lets third‑party developers implement Dark Mode in their apps.


When can we expect iOS 13 on our iPhones?

iOS 13 release date and beta schedule:

  • June 3: iOS 13 beta 1 and the first look at WWDC 2019.
  • June 17: iOS 13 beta 2 launched for developers.
  • June 24: iOS 13 public beta release date for adventurous testers.
  • July 3: iOS 13 developer beta 3 launches with some new features.
  • July 8: iOS 13 public beta 2 release date.
  • July 17: iOS 13 beta 4 launched for developers with a security bug fix.
  • July 29: iOS 13 beta 5 came with a series of bug fixes.
  • August 7: iOS 13 beta 6 arrived with tweaks to the UI.
  • August 15: iOS 13 beta 7 landed, and it hinted at a release date.
  • August 21: iOS 13 beta 8 arrived, complete with bug fixes.
  • August 27: A beta for iOS 13.1 arrived, despite iOS 13 still being in beta.
  • Early September 2019: iOS 13 Golden Master (final dev beta).
  • Mid-September 2019: iOS 13 likely to launch with new 2019 iPhones.

The iOS 13's public beta was released back June 24, even though Apple said it wouldn't come out until July. It launched earlier than promised, but it's not a giant surprise for everyone. iOS 12's beta arrived early as well on June 25, 2018.


Here's the iOS 13 timeline based on iOS references:

1. iOS 13 developer beta: The iOS 13 beta 2 was available on June 17 but restricted to paid Apple developers.

2. iOS 13 public beta: Apple's larger-scale features test began on June 24, and has gone through 8 versions, culminating, oddly, with a beta for iOS 13.1 (before iOS 13 is even out). The public beta is the version to download if you're curious – it's often a more refined version of the iOS developer beta, although it can still be rough, and never includes all of the features implemented in the final version of the software.

3. iOS 13 golden master: This will be the final version of the iOS 13 software, released one week before the final iOS release, meant for developers and public beta testers. At this point, it's very stable and gives app makers seven days to adapt to the final software.

4. The official iOS 13 release date: We'll get the new iOS 13 software in its final, stable form about one week after the September 10 iPhone launch event, at which we all expect to see what we're calling (for now) the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11R. Our best guess for the iOS 13 release date is between September 10 to 20 (as that's when we'd guess the phones will hit stores based on past form), but one rumor puts the date as September 23, 2019.

iOS 13 compatibility list

  • iOS 13 requires iPhone 6S or later, iPad Air 2 or later, the new iPad mini 4 and iPhone SE
  • It won't come to older devices that support up to iOS 12: iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and mini 3

iOS 13 compatibility requires an iPhone or iPad from the last four years (depending on the device category). That means phones like the iPhone 6 won't be getting iOS 13 – if you've got one of those devices you'll be stuck with iOS 12 forever. This is sad right?

You'll need an iPhone 6S or later, the iPad Air 2 or later, and the new iPad mini 4 or later, or the iPod touch 7th generation. No surprise, the new iPod Touch 7th gen is the only device of its class that gets iOS 13 support.

The iPhone SE fits into an odd category, as it has an iPhone 6 era specs, but came out after the iPhone 6S. Don't worry, everyone's favorite little iPhone will get iOS 13.

Everyone is on their toes and excited to get the iOS 13 updates on their devices and experience the slick and bold features of Dark Mode. If you’re not getting the update on your iPhones, then it’s worth upgrading your iPhone. Now that’s a brilliant marketing strategy, don't you think?


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