September 16, 2019

iOS 13 Launch Brings A Change Of Color to Simple

According to the Vision Council, 80 percent of American adults report using digital devices for more than two hours per day with nearly 67 percent using two or more devices at the same time. 59 percent of that same group report experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain.
Simple Expenses Screen in Dark Mode

According to the Vision Council, 80 percent of American adults report using digital devices for more than two hours per day with nearly 67 percent using two or more devices at the same time. 59 percent of that same group report experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain. The study respondents also describe using digital devices, including TV, in the hour before going to sleep, with almost 55 percent using digital devices in the first hour they are awake.

Whether scrolling through kitten memes or striving to reach Inbox zero before bed, Harvard University reports that light, including the blue light emitted by digital devices, can suppress the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that influences circadian rhythms…In other words, the human biological clock is thrown out of whack.

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If there’s one thing that tech makers like Apple can do, it’s incorporating system-wide features like Screen Time and Night Shift into their platforms to help customers mitigate the strain associated with device usage. And likely the most-anticipated change shipping with the upcoming release of iOS 13 is Dark Mode; making nighttime viewing less physically challenging and giving people who are more photosensitive an easy way to reduce digital eye strain.

So why are we sharing all of this? With the release of Simple version 2.82.5 for iOS, we’re excited to offer our initial support of Dark Mode for our iOS customers and want to share some thoughts on how we’re approaching the banking experience in 2019.

We have always sought to provide a better, more human banking experience. We even built Safe-to-Spend® with the belief that our customers’ banking app should do more than just display an account balance: We should help our customers know, at a glance, whether going out for happy hour or buying that discounted flight will hurt progress toward their goals. Or, if a couple is planning a big purchase together, they can use our Shared Account to save and decide if dinner and a movie—or just dinner—is appropriate.

But as much as we try to humanize banking, there are simple changes that go beyond spending and saving, like giving customers the choice between standard and dark color themes. With the release of iOS 13, Apple gives users the ability to toggle between standard and Dark Mode, and our latest iOS mobile app release offers support for this long-awaited feature. We want our customers to feel confident with their money, wherever they are, and no matter the time of day (or night).

It’s worth mentioning that making Dark Mode happen in an app isn’t as easy as inverting colors. Our Product Designers and Mobile Engineers started by choosing a foundational color scheme and worked together to ensure our newer, darker styles maintained the clarity in banking that we know our customers love.

When we first shared these designs internally, we learned that some of our web and Android engineers were also catching the dark mode bug—and we knew we wanted to offer this for customers on each of our three platforms. So in addition to iOS, we’re excited that customers using a supported web browser will also have the chance to use Dark Mode starting with the release of iOS 13. And coming soon, customers using Android 10 will also be able to turn on the Dark Theme of our Android app. To enable this, customers can change their system preference to Dark Theme and reload their Simple app!

As a side note, as we reviewed our apps for Dark Mode screen-by-screen, we started to better identify and improve our design patterns, leading to a more consistent experience.

“I appreciate how our teams iterate—we’re happy to offer customers popular new features, especially when we can take the time to improve many of our standard elements,” says Matt Fanelli, Simple’s Head of Design. This is all to say, our customers will have a more legible, crisper experience—whether it’s dark or light!

Article contributed by Benjamin Chait

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