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iOS 10’s hottest missing feature was just found hiding in beta 1

Zach Epstein
June 16th, 2016 at 10:30 AM
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Apple’s big WWDC 2016 keynote was packed full of announcements from start to finish. The company didn’t unveil a single piece of new hardware on Monday, but all the new software features in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra were more than enough to keep fans busy in the days that followed. Of course, two hours wasn’t nearly enough time to go over all of the changes Apple made in what the company is calling its biggest iOS update ever.

Now that iOS 10 beta 1 has been released — you can learn how to install it with or without a developer account in this post — we’ve uncovered dozens of features Apple didn’t go over on stage. For example, here are my 5 favorite new iOS 10 features that no one is talking about. But some new features coming to iOS 10 this fall haven’t even been implemented in the iOS 10 beta yet, and the hottest one has just been found hiding deep within Apple’s iOS 10 beta 1 code.

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That’s right, the much sought-after “dark mode” feature everyone has been buzzing about is indeed coming to iOS.

A number of rumors ahead of WWDC 2016 didn’t end up coming true, and we covered several of them in an earlier article. One in particular was dark mode, which seemed like a sure thing ahead of the big show on Monday. But once the keynote had ended and the dust had settled, dark mode was nowhere to be found… until now.

Several developers have begun digging through the iOS 10 beta code to see what goodies they can find, and one goody in particular had Apple fans buzzing Thursday morning. That’s right, the much-desired dark mode was found hiding inside iOS 10. For those unfamiliar with the feature, it does exactly what the name implies. Enabling dark mode sets iOS’s background to black and it darkens all of the colors of the interface. As nice a Night Shift is, dark mode will be much better on the eyes once it hits iPhone and iPads this fall.

It’s unclear exactly when Apple plans to make dark mode available in iOS 10’s settings, but several iOS developers including @andywiik and @Macaficionados have posted images on Twitter showing the dark mode setting enabled. You’ll find several of those images below.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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