Apple’s desktop operating system got a little more fashionable with the new Preview 3 update of OS X 10.10 Yosemite seeded to developers today. The update, which can be installed by registered developers who have the existing preview version on their machines through the Mac App Store, lets users enable Dark Mode, a highly coveted feature that impressed when it was unveiled at WWDC in June, but that Apple hadn’t actually turned on until now.
9to5Mac has screens of the dark mode in action, and it’s beautiful to behold. The feature likely won’t even be appreciated by most, but it’s something that could actually affect the user experience more than you might think, since it applies not only to the Mac’s persistent menu bar but also to the top bar that appears on each app window and the dock background. For now, it seems to be only partially complete, but at least it’s enabled for testing. The change could theoretically be less distracting, which is a big benefit for graphic designers and others staring at their screens all day and trying to edit photos and create interfaces of their own.
Here’s what I really like about this: It’s dark, not light. And that’s pretty much it.