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.

March 2020 Classes

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

Senior Tech Time (iPhone) – St Anthony Community Services March 23 2-4 pm

Stay Safe with your iPhone. This class will review the basic security and safety setup for your iPhone and iPad. This includes Touch ID, Face ID, Emergency SOS, Driving with your iPhone, Setting up Medical ID, Blocking TeleMarketers and general recommendations about avoiding phishing and malware.

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

Senior Tech Time (Android) – St Anthony Community Services March 25 2-4 pm

How to Make your Android SmartPhone Smarter. This class explores the features of the Android smartphone that are most useful for older adults. This includes bringing widgets to the home screen, managing notifications, using Google assistant and activating do not disturb.

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


Contribute to Medical Research & Get an Apple Watch for $49

iPhone users who are 65+ are invited to join the Johnson & Johnson Heartline Study and receive an Apple Watch for $49.  This is not only a great price for an Apple Watch but an opportunity to learn about heart health and participate in medical research.  

See the eligibility requirements, application and frequently asked question on the Heartline website. 

Magical Ending to Disney World Trip

A fun and heart-warming story from this past week involved the family of an iPhone 11 user from Montana.  They were visiting Disney World with their six-year old girl.  It was a dream of her short lifetime.

Starting with the iPhone 7, our iPhones have become increasingly waterproof.  The iPhone 11 is the most waterproof iPhone Apple has manufactured.  But dropping your iPhone into the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney World is not in the specifications.  And certainly having it submerged for nearly two months is beyond belief.  It survived!

You can read the story at the MacRumors web site and then take some comfort in knowing that your iPhone is capable of surviving a dunk in a pool, ocean or lake.  But don’t ever submerge your phone to wash it.