macOS Sierra may expand use of Dark Mode to native app backgrounds

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When macOS Sierra launches this fall, it might include an improved Dark Mode which carries the theme beyond just the Dock and menu bar, according to posts by a developer on Twitter.




Screenshots shared by the developer show Sierra's System Preferences window running with a dark background, as well as Safari, though the latter app has translucent elements. It's unknown how the new graphics were activated, and indeed there's no guarantee they'll appear in the final release of the OS.

Similar code has been discovered in the iOS 10 beta, however, and it would make sense for Apple to offer a similar Dark Mode experience across platforms, given its tendency to share other features between iOS and macOS. Even tvOS is slated to gain a Dark Mode later this year.




Macs have traditionally featured bright, often stark-white interface elements, but even some people who prefer that aesthetic have complained that it can be painful on the eyes in low light.

Apple may also be paving the way for adoption of OLED screens beyond the Apple Watch. Because OLED panels can turn individual pixels off to achieve a pure black, using as much of that color as possible in an interface is actually a way of extending battery life.
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  • Reply 1 of 11
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,543member
    I hope this is truly available throughout the entire OS (and apps)sooner rather than later. I absolutely love this feature as I use the computer in low light conditions a lot. Plus, I think it looks nicer overall.
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  • Reply 2 of 11
    hypoluxahypoluxa Posts: 633member
    This is a great move if they do this. Yes please.
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  • Reply 3 of 11
    volcanvolcan Posts: 1,684member
    macxpress said:
    I hope this is truly available throughout the entire OS (and apps)sooner rather than later. I absolutely love this feature as I use the computer in low light conditions a lot. Plus, I think it looks nicer overall.
    To each their own. As long as it is optional, no big deal.

    Personally I don't like Apples recent iOS trend of making text difficult to read. Dark grey text on a black background is stupid in my opinion. (See the title of the control panel image in the article.) At least Apple's website is designed with plenty of whitespace, large type and sufficient contrast, making it very easy on the eyes.

    That said, I do like the dark mode in Photoshop because serves a purpose, to prevent bright white from interfering with the true colors in the image, but that is a special case because it is a photo retouching app. In general purpose apps I see no real advantage to using a dark background with lighter text, because in most cases it will only apply to the menu bar and I don't think it improves readability at all, but as long as it has enough contrast I'm ok with it.

    I spend a lot of time on the web where most of my really important sites use white backgrounds anyway, so the dark mode wouldn't have much of an effect on the overall appearance for me. If the dark mode was really beneficial to the app content, such as with Photoshop, then the app or the web page itself is probably already providing that interface.
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  • Reply 4 of 11
    hypoluxahypoluxa Posts: 633member
    volcan said:
    macxpress said:
    I hope this is truly available throughout the entire OS (and apps)sooner rather than later. I absolutely love this feature as I use the computer in low light conditions a lot. Plus, I think it looks nicer overall.
    To each their own. As long as it is optional, no big deal.

    Personally I don't like Apples recent iOS trend of making text difficult to read. Dark grey text on a black background is stupid in my opinion. (See the title of the control panel image in the article.) At least Apple's website is designed with plenty of whitespace, large type and sufficient contrast, making it very easy on the eyes.

    That said, I do like the dark mode in Photoshop because serves a purpose, to prevent bright white from interfering with the true colors in the image, but that is a special case because it is a photo retouching app. In general purpose apps I see no real advantage to using a dark background with lighter text, because in most cases it will only apply to the menu bar and I don't think it improves readability at all, but as long as it has enough contrast I'm ok with it.

    I spend a lot of time on the web where most of my really important sites use white backgrounds anyway, so the dark mode wouldn't have much of an effect on the overall appearance for me. If the dark mode was really beneficial to the app content, such as with Photoshop, then the app or the web page itself is probably already providing that interface.
    It will most definitely be optional, if they implement it.

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  • Reply 5 of 11
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 1,268member
    Dark mode in those screenshots looks very similar to Accessibility's "Invert Colors" option.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    hexclockhexclock Posts: 410member
    If system wide dark mode was available, I would use it all the time. I hope this is the case. Perhaps not in every situation, but most. A menu bar toggle switch would be nice as well. 
    repressthisdysamoria
  • Reply 7 of 11
    The concept of system-wide Dark Mode sounds good. Tho, I do like the fresh and airy feel of regular mode when the ambient lighting is strong, like in daylight. What would work best for my needs would be an automated schedule where Dark Mode turns on an hour before sundown, and off at 7am.

    One compelling argument for Dark Mode (best suited for low-light conditions) is not solved with a simple toggle on/off. This would be bad for UX. It's only dark half of a 24 hour day.
    edited July 2016 dysamoria
  • Reply 8 of 11
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 1,728member
    That's clearly not Sierra — notice the System Preferences on the dude's Tweet still has Voice & Dictation and no Siri.
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  • Reply 9 of 11
    dysamoriadysamoria Posts: 1,776member
    Yes please. But I'm more interested in dark mode coming to iOS. Ever since iOS 7, iOS has been painful for many people's vision. It's not just the insanely bright and overwhelming amount of white space, though. The fonts and colors are also utterly stupid. Jony Ive knows squat about screen space human interface design.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    hexclockhexclock Posts: 410member
    The concept of system-wide Dark Mode sounds good. Tho, I do like the fresh and airy feel of regular mode when the ambient lighting is strong, like in daylight. What would work best for my needs would be an automated schedule where Dark Mode turns on an hour before sundown, and off at 7am.


    I would be ok with that. It would be similar to how iOS maps switches modes when it's dark. 
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  • Reply 11 of 11
    maclvr03maclvr03 Posts: 185member
    I just wish they would bring back or allow the option for color on the sidebar. 
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