Nathan and I work in a private school and manage hundreds of Macs, Windows PCs, iPads, and a growing number of Chromebooks. The iPads cause us the least amount of administrative support time. What’s next?
Macs and Chromebooks. Macs do more. Chromebooks do less but don’t go wonky as easily. Windows PCs are always highest on our Needs Attention list. Last year Apple introduced Dark Mode with macOS Mojave and we rolled it out to most of our students, faculty, and staff. The verdict?
Dark Is Different
Nathan and I agree with about four out of five of those surveyed. Dark mode is wrong. Yes, some like it; it’s particularly popular among those students and teachers involved in media creation; graphic design, videography, content creation. Everybody else gives it a ho hum, meh, nothing to see here, move along, response.
Why? What’s wrong with Dark Mode?
What’s right with it is what those who use it say about Dark Mode. It gets out of the way of your work, flattens the display so that only what you need to see at the moment is displayed on the Mac’s screen. See? Graphic design, videography, content creation.
What about everyone else?
Take Dark Mode. Please. No, seriously. Please.
Dark Mode for almost everyone else becomes an eyesore, a distraction. That may be because most of us have been trained on the paper method. Think dark ink on a white background. Sometimes– especially in newspapers, magazines, printed materials, and especially on TV– that gets reversed, but only for emphasis, otherwise the time-honored dark on light is the norm.
Since macOS Mojave appeared about a year ago I’ve moved to Dark Mode a few dozen times and each time I go running back to normal, eyes blinking, often with a headache on the way. I think humans were meant to view text on a white background. I am not alone.
Thankfully, Apple made Dark Mode a toggle so you’re not stuck with it. iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 will have their own Dark Mode toggle switch, so if it’s something you love, then you’ll be satisfied. If not, you can go back to what God intended.
Sorry, Dark Mode just isn’t a Mac turn on for most of us.