Facebook is apparently working on a “dark mode” for its iOS app. Both WABetaInfo and 9to5Mac have been able to enable the still-hidden feature, which is still under development and is not yet available to beta or public users.
The screenshots show that Facebook is going for an effect that is more greyscale-ish, like that used in its Android app, rather than the true blacks used in Apple’s iOS 13 dark mode.
While the effect should be easier on users’ eyes when used in dark environments, it doesn’t offer the potential energy-saving benefits of the true dark mode on OLED iPhones, where true black pixels remain inactive, as OLED panel pixels are individually powered.
WABetaInfo says the feature can be turned on and off manually or set to adjust based on the device’s system settings.
The release date for the new feature hasn’t been announced, and since it’s a beta feature, the Facebook dark mode might not make it to the release version of the app. However, such a mode is likely to see a release, as Facebook Messenger received a dark mode in April 2019, and Facebook is currently rolling out an optional dark mode for Facebook users that access the network in a web browser.
(Screenshots via 9to5Mac)