Apple is gearing up for an international release of the latest iteration of its mobile OS, iOS 10. Indeed, the new operating system will be receiving a number of very notable updates and upgrades. However, one thing has been capturing the attention of Apple fans for the last few days - the alleged addition of a Dark Mode to iOS 10.
Dark Mode basically makes an iOS device employ a dark background with white fonts, a complete departure from Apple's current white background, black font scheme during the past few years. Indeed, from initial screenshots of the alleged mode, Dark Mode looks pretty good, especially when used on a black iPhone.
The Dark Mode option was quickly uncovered by developers after Apple's WWDC 2016 keynote last week. According to Andrew Wiik, one of the developers, he was able to locate the Dark Mode option within iOS 10's Settings app. As much as the mode is present in the developer iterations of iOS 10, however, it was not yet compatible with a number of iOS' features.
For example, developers tried asking Siri, Apple's iconic A.I.-powered voice assistant, to turn on Dark Mode. However, Siri simply responded that she is "not able to change that setting," a rather generic response.
Apart from this, Wiik also stated that an iOS 10 simulator he was running showed a blank button somewhere in the Control Center. Though the blank button could easily be dedicated to another upcoming iOS 10 feature, the developer suspects that it might be a shortcut to enable Dark Mode on a device, similar to the dedicated Night Mode that was recently rolled out.
Currently, the iOS 10 beta is exclusive only for developers. However, a public beta rollout has been announced for July. The new mobile operating system is set for public release around September, possibly around the same time as the official reveal of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.