If you’re not into dark mode, it might seem like a weird trend, but there are real benefits to going dark. If you have an iPhone with an OLED screen, like the iPhone X or XS, it might help you squeeze a little bit more from your battery. If you’re using your phone at night, it can feel easier on the eyes (though there’s been debate about whether that’s true). And, if you insist on using your phone in bed, dark mode makes your iPhone addiction a little less disruptive to a partner. It also just looks cool.
The real test will be how dark mode functions with non-Apple apps. There has already been a wave of apps creating their own dark themes or night modes, but from my early testing, it doesn’t appear that many of them have adapted to Apple’s version of the feature, meaning enabling dark mode doesn’t automatically switch those apps into their own respective black themes, which can feel a bit jarring. Given that dark modes in apps are already so popular, I’m optimistic this will start to change now that iOS 13 is rolling out.
There are other big updates that will change the apps you rely on most.
More than half a decade after the first gesture-based keyboards on Android, iOS finally supports swiping in its native keyboard. The feature lets you spell out words by swiping your finger over letters instead of tapping each one individually, which can be very useful when texting with one hand. Yes, it’s embarrassingly overdue, but it’s nice to finally have the option outside of third-party apps. Now Apple just needs to add a search function to its emoji keyboard.