Information on day and night modes for iPad

21 Mar 2013 - 10:34am
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Hey everyone,

We are currently working on an iPad app for pilots that will require different viewing modes for day and night. We are aware of the built-in feature that iPads have, but are curious about common practices and conventions that may exist in regards to this sort of design. Does anyone have any idea where we should be looking for information on this?



22 Mar 2013 - 8:33am
Ali Rahimi

Hi jphall86,

i'm not aware of any day/night mode functionality in iOS. Do you mean the automatic brightness setting? Or the toggle black on white option? Well both of them are not what you look for when building a custom app, mainly because these functions modify the whole OS and all other apps too.

Typically it comes down to brightness and contrast in situations where other instruments are important to view too. If the app is too bright the user can't see whats going on around the device. Another area where this is important is shipping. And i would suggest you take a look in to what navigation systems for cars (TomTom, Navigon, or Garmin etc.) are doing when they switch modes, depending on daytime and surrinding lights (you have all sensors you need in the iPad to mimik this).

Hope that helped.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:39pm

You might find some ideas here:

F.lux is great on a Mac, and apparently can be used on jailbroken iOS devices (haven't tried it). 


31 Jul 2013 - 6:39pm

Hi jphall86

I was wondering if you found out anymore information in regards to common practices and conventions when designing an app that has a day and night mode? I have been combing through Google trying to find some info but unfortunately haven't been finding too much on it.

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