Shop in the inky shadows of Apple Store’s new Dark Mode

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Apple Store’s new Dark Mode
Look for a new Mac or Apple Watch while in a darkened room without being blinded with the latest version of the Apple Store app.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Any developer taking flack for not yet adding Dark Mode to their software can take solace in the fact that the Apple Store app for iOS only now adopted this alternate look.

Shop for a new device or look for Today at Apple sessions in the dark more easily, thanks to this new version.

The What’s New description for the just-released Apple Store 5.8 says “Browse, buy, and explore in Dark Mode, a dramatic new look that seamlessly integrates into the app.”

This updated version is available now on the iOS App Store.

Why Apple Store needs Dark Mode

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 were packed with new features, so don’t feel bad if you missed the introduction of Dark Mode last autumn.

This gives every app that supports it a midnight-in-Tokyo ambiance. It also darkens chat bubbles, wallpapers, and other UI elements, so you won’t be blinded when answering a late-night message in a dark room. Apple loves Dark Mode so much that every single screenshot on its iOS 13 page uses it.

In recent months, it’s been gradually added to quite a few applications, not just Apple Store. But it’s far from universal, not because developers are uninterested, but because Dark Mode is surprisingly difficult to implement.