Apple is expected to introduce a iOS 10.3 update in the coming weeks. Like iOS 9.3 before it, this release is likely to be an important mid-year update, according to famed Apple blogger Sonny Dickson.
According to a Dec. 30 tweet, Dickson says iOS 10.3 is likely to include a new feature called “Theatre Mode.” The feature is going to be an enhanced form of Dark Mode, which is available on macOS.
iOS 10.3 to feature a new Theatre mode - will include a new popcorn-shaped Control Center icon.— Sonny Dickson (@SonnyDickson) December 30, 2016
If Dickson is correct, the assumption is it will be a one button option to both dim the screen and mute audio and notifications thereby making a device acceptable for use in the theatre.
A dark mode for iOS was long rumored leading up to the September 2016 release of iOS 10.0. Instead of arriving on iOS, the feature launched on tvOS.
In recent years, Apple has used mid-year iOS updates to add new features. In March 2016, for example, iOS 9.3 introduced Night Shift mode, a revamped News app, and more. One year earlier, iOS 8.3 launched with significant emoji enhancements.
Dickson says that Apple plans on releasing the first iOS 10.3 beta to developers on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Other iOS 10.3 features have yet to leak.