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Facebook Messenger dark mode now rolling out worldwide

17 April 2019

Alongside the iOS 13 update, this year's WWDC is likely to be a place where Apple would unveil macOS 10.5, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13.

A new report claims that iOS 13 will be a major release with numerous new features that include a system-wide Dark Mode. Choosing to toggle on dark mode will change the theme of Messenger to a darker theme that will be much easier on the eyes, especially in low lit lighting.

We already heard the implementation of a system-wide Dark Mode for iOS devices that would be similar to what arrived on Mac machines through macOS 10.14 Mojave previous year.

Facebook has been widely testing Messenger's Dark Mode for about a month now, and while the feature was available for some users, you couldn't enable it via the settings menu.

iOS 13 will also support the ability for iPad apps to open multiple windows simultaneously, each of which can be moved around freely and anchored to various sections of the screen. You can fling them away to dismiss. Currently, iPhone and iPad users have to physically shake their device to undo. The report said that this can be done via a three-finger tap gesture on the keyboard area to trigger the function.

Safari on iOS 13 for iPad will automatically ask for the desktop version of a site instead of the mobile version as well, including YouTube and others.

Font management will be upgraded too, with a dedicated panel in Settings, meaning you won't have to install a profile to get new fonts anymore. Apple is also said to be bringing improved multitasking and a lot more besides. Additionally, iOS 13 is reported to include gestures to select multiple items in table views and collection views. Users will be able to "drag with multiple fingers on a list or collection of items to draw a selection, similar to clicking and dragging in Finder on the Mac". Developers will be able to use a different status bar style (light or dark) for each part of a Split View with side-by-side apps, while the Reminders app will be redesigned, alongside the volume HUD. This approach is similar to what third-party apps like Edison Mail, Spark, and others offer.

Generally, the iOS 13 update seems to be geared towards various productivity functions and is focusing on new gestures. Furthermore, the "Hey Siri" rejection for noises such as laughter will be improved, and the new iOS version would get support for keyboards and dictation, and expanded in-app printing controls.

Facebook Messenger dark mode now rolling out worldwide