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A New 'iPhone 8' Mockup Shows Dark Mode on an OLED Display

iPhone 8 concept
March 13, 2017

A dark mode on next iPhone?

When Apple launches “iOS 11” later this year, it could offer a dark mode similar to the one found on Apple TV.  Thanks to a new “iPhone 8” mockup, we now have a better idea what this feature may look like in the wild.

Posting on Medium, UI/UX designer Vianney le Masne imagines an “iPhone without borders.” The resulting concept gives you a better idea what a dark mode might look like when combined with an OLED display and non-bezel design.

He explains, “Going dark will massively smoothen [sic] contrast between the edge of the screen and the bezel. In fact it will be indistinguishable as the OLED empowered pixels will not emit any light, which regular screens do.”

Take a look:

As a non-designer, I never really thought about how a change from LCD to an OLED display could effect colors on an iPhone, especial black. After seeing this mockup, I’m even more excited about seeing this year’s handset.

Apple is likely to announce iOS 11 at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which kicks off on June 5 in San Jose, California. A 5.8-inch iPhone 8 (or “iPhone Edition“) should launch in September, at the earliest. Updated versions of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus are also expected later this year.

For more on the likely 2017 iPhone lineup, see our updated round-up.

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