Dark Mode is just wrong for Mac users and now wrong for iPhone users and soon to be wrong for iPad users. What’s wrong with Dark Mode? Most of us do not read white on black. Not newspapers. Not magazines. Very few websites. Even fewer PDFs. Yet, Apple thinks customers want to go dark.
If God had intended humankind to exist in a darkened world then he wouldn’t have created white paper and black ink. OK, that’s a bit over the top, but honestly, hasn’t black on white been good to humankind for thousands of years? Ancient books, back to scrolls, were dark on light, then black on white.
I can understand when too much white can interfere with what you’re doing on screen– that works particularly well with Photoshop, Illustrator, Photos, Lightroom, Final Cut Pro, and other so-called professional apps that are required– because of their extra expense– to look different, but not necessarily better.
Apple has Dark Mode on the Mac and while it’s a toggle from Light to Dark, one of the most requested features Nathan and I get in the school where we monitor and administrate a few hundred Macs is, well
Ms. Nowak, how do I get rid of this dark mode. It’s depressing. I can’t read anything.
Somebody at Apple must have worked at Adobe. Yes, Dark Mode has been around a long time but Adobe uses it to show off how expensive their apps are. And different. Dark apps cost more. White apps– dark text on white background– are just normal and not worthy of extra money.
Chiam Gartenberg explains the madness:
iOS 13 is big and flashy. It’s looking to wow users with a slick dark mode; striking updates to apps like Apple Maps, Photos, and even Reminders; and long-overdue additions like a swiping keyboard and UI improvements.
Dark is not better. Flashy? Yes. Worthwhile to anyone but a Photoshop or Final Cut Pro user on the Mac? Nope. Good for anyone on iPhone? Only for those who know dark screens save more battery life than white screens, and now with more battery life in iPhone 11 models, who cares?
Maybe Dark Mode is Jonny Ive’s final bow, a tip of the hat, or perhaps some single-finger sign language he used knowing that Tim Cook wanted him gone so Apple could put real keyboards back in the Mac and thicker batteries in the iPhone.
The end result is more of a grab bag of minor updates and improvements than a full-fledged overhaul. Think of it almost like iOS 12S. Or to extend the analogy I made last year if iOS 12 was a heaping plate of healthy vegetables, iOS 13 is a bright, colorful candy bar. But just like a meal of junk food, it leaves you a little unfulfilled in the end.
Unfortunately, Dark Mode will never go away. Fortunately, Dark Mode is a toggle switch, easily ignored in favor of the status quo the way God intended, and easily switched back to light mode.