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Darkness is the future of iOS

Dark mode is coming to iOS according to recent rumors, and since it exists on tvOS they're quite believable. Perhaps as soon February which has gotten big updates before.

Regular developers might have some problem with this, if they've built their apps with nib-files or storyboards. Doing it programmatically however, means changing a few values. 

It's like when the bigger phones were released, if you had a lot of hard coded view sizes (values that don't seem to originate from anything, "magic numbers") - you were in for a lot of work. Experienced programmers never use magic numbers for anything. They know circumstances will always change and, in addition, avoiding magic numbers gives you cleaner, more readable code. 

Now we are in a similar situation again. Are your views hard coded to be bright/light? Or have you been using consistent variables for your colors all through your app? Now that decision will pay off. 

Of course, to conclude this touting-my-own-horn-post, if you are using something like AutoStandards, darkness comes for free.


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My name is Olof Thorén, I am an indie developer from Stockholm, Sweden.

I really enjoy creating stuff, and that is the reason why I am doing this. I started working full-time on building apps in 2009.

At the moment my main focus is Feeds, a glorified news and RSS-reader that keeps track of the web for you. I also build Qiozk Solo, white-label magazine apps for (mainly Swedish) publishers. I have published ~75 Solo-apps though most of them are not active today. Aggressive Development has published 15 apps under its own name and many more for other companies.

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