Go to the Dark Side with IOS 13 – It’s Just Cool

by | Nov 25, 2019

One of the new features of IOS 13 is Dark Mode.  Dark Mode is the iPhone feature that will reverse the color palate of your standard iPhone apps and essentially give you white text on a black background.  Dark mode seems to be occupying the technology red carpet as one of the today’s hottest tech trends.  

There might be some benefits.  On phones with newer OLED screens (currently iPhone X, iPhone XS, and  iPhone 11 Pro,) Dark Model will save battery life.  It may reduce eye strain.  It is certainly less disruptive if you are reading your iPhone in bed next to your partner.  

But after reviewing some of the hard facts you might conclude that any benefits to health or cognition might be a little soft.  That’s OK.  How about if we just call it cool.  

And those of you who worked on green screen computers or terminals decades ago might shrug and say, “I’ve seen dark backgrounds before.”  Another case of what goes around comes around.  

In either case, try it out yourself on your iPhone or iPad.  Use the  Control Center to make it easy.  It is the topic of this week’s featured Nugget.

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Dark Mode is a new feature in IOS 13 where the background color is reversed. This Nugget will show you two ways to implement. ....Continue Reading

News & Events

Here are news and events on the Senior Tech calendar for the coming weeks.  Reply to this email if you want more information.

IOS & iPadOS 13.3 – Recommended

IOS 12.4.4 for Older Devices – Recommended.

There was a flurry of IOS and iPadOS updates on December 10 and after letting the marketplace test it, we now recommend these updates.

Also, with the release this fall of iPadOS specifically for the iPad, we wanted to update our IOS Version Recommendation page so that you can see all of the current recommendations without having to scroll down several pages.

The current recommendations can be found on tabs.

You can always learn about our upgrade principles and track our upgrade recommendations online at: IOS Version Recommendation.

2020 Focus on Learning

The Senior Tech Club is all about learning and helping older adults master their technology.  With the new year, Senior Tech Club members will be able to participate in our 2020 Focus on Learning program.   2020 Focus will help you learn through a personalized plan delivered with email.  Stay tuned for more details!

January 2020 Events & Classes

Here are the upcoming classes scheduled for the month of January along with links where you can receive more information.

Woman’s Club of Minneapolis – January 7 – 1-3 pm Drop in Q&A Session

Woman’s Club Members can bring their iPhone or Android questions to the January 7 Drop-in Q&A Session.  More information is available on the Woman’s Club website.

Senior Tech Time – St Anthony Community Services January 13 2-4 pm

iPhone App to Help you Live your Life.  Topics cover  those iPhone & iPad apps that help you stay connected and effective including Contacts, Calendar, Notes & Reminders.

St. Anthony Community Services – 612-706-1166 or website

Senior Tech Time – St Anthony Community Services January 15 2-4 pm

Android Essentials – Covering topics like managing your phone, simplifying your home screen, silencing the ringer, making phone calls and basic text messaging.

St. Anthony Community Services – 612-706-1166 or website