During Apple’s annual developers’ conference (WWDC) they announced its latest most anticipated new tool for iOS 13. During the conference, an Apple representative revealed how the setting will look like on various apps including Apple Music, Photos, and News. It will be available on iPhones through an app with an owl icon and is slated to debut in the fall.
As Dark Mode on Mac was launched last year, it should not be a surprise that the new mode is dark! So what is all the fuss about? Simply, experts believe it’s easier on your eyes and possibly will save on your battery power. That said this is what you can expect:
Its New Look:
As it is a Dark Mode, the color scheme is dark and offers a black background on the phone. It also comes with a gray keyboard and various icons to keep it from looking to stark or too bright as offered on a white background.
Apple’s support page for installation of the dark mode on Mac states the setting makes it easier to stay focused on your work because the content will stand out while the controls and windows are somewhat in the background. That might possibly be debated.
This feature works on iPhones, iPads, and apps in the Apple environment. It can be turned on automatically at sunset or the time you schedule it for.
That said, this dark mode is not something conceived by Apple, it is very popular on various platforms and devices such as Twitter, Samsung Galaxy, smartphones, and Google’s Chrome browser.
Better Battery Life:
Even though some experts have claimed the battery will have a longer life, Apple has not jumped on that bandwagon.
Smartphones use OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) in their displays. Selecting a black mode on a phone with an OLED display can actually use less power than your basic white background. Therefore, you could save on power if the display is black causing greater improvement to your battery’s performance.
Also, if you are in a dark environment, you will not stand out with a white background shining in your face!
Easier On Your Eyes:
Apple claims this dark mode on the screen is much easier on your eyes. It is a welcomed change compared to the very glaring white backgrounds found on many websites and other backgrounds. It’s been proven that too much stark exposure to white screens can cause eye fatigue and headaches.
Neurobiology Professor at the University of Alabama, Paul Gamlin, said the dark mode might actually be beneficial for sleep. His studies on cells in the retina showed that the eye powers the circadian rhythms and drives pupil responses.
Using the dark mode on your iPhone in the evening and during the night could have less of an impact on your circadian rhythms, your sleep cycle, and your wake cycle. Gamlin said that bright light in the evening hours has been known to shift the rhythm in your “central circadian pacemaker”.
On the other side of the coin, Dr. Euna Koo, an ophthalmologist at the Stanford Byers Eye Institute, believes it is much easier for readers to have darker fonts against a lighter background. She does not believe that the dark mode has an effect on eye health, given the information that is available.
She believes the duration of time is of greater importance than the intensity of the brightness when discussing the effect of this dark mode on eye fatigue and eye health.
I guess, whether the dark mode has any impact on your eye’s health or if the life of your battery is improved, is still up for debate. What we do know, the colors and text pop out and is a really nice alternative to all that boring white background we have come to accept for so many years.