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Dark Time

By Eric Knapp

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Dark Time is a simple clock. It has one simple goal, to allow you to see the time, especially when it's dark. It doesn't try to look like a physical clock. It uses a very readable font and color scheme to make the time as readable as possible.

Dark Time was created from a need to see the time in the middle of the night without your iOS device being too bright overall. Some of us are light sensitive and the need for a clock that isn't too bright but is highly visible has existed for a long time.

The author is an instructor of programming at a college in Wisconsin. The app is the result of the author's own journey in learning iOS development. He now teaches iOS development at the college and uses this app as a demo and example. This app is released under an open source license here:

What's New in Version 1.1

New in Version 1.1

- Portrait orientation.

- iPad Retina Display compatibility

- New Fonts. The app added the following font choices.
  - Optima
  - Bodoni
  - Copperplate
  - Gill Sans
  - Didot

- The settings button icon was changed to be smaller.


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Customer Reviews

Essential, even after all this time.

This app is a terrific use for an old iPhone. I have it always running and visibile on an old phone I keep in a dock and use as alarm near my bed. It’s the best large-digit, dark background clock I’ve found. I don’t need my glasses to see it in the middle of the night, and the interface is clean. If it is ever updated, I would hope that we could change the color of the numbers as well as the font, but it remains a solid performer just as it is.

BEST clock app

I LOVE this app. I like it dark when i go to sleep. Every other clock app i have tried is so bright, even with the brightness at its lowest, it lights up my whole room. This is the first clock I have found where the background is actually dark. The numbers are also nice and large and easy to see in the dark. Super simple no useless stuff.
love, love, love it.

A clock, a real clock, and nothing but a clock!

Finally, someone has developed a simple clock that does NOTHING else! It's easy on the eyes at night, and a simple swipe will dim the display even further. I have trouble going to sleep if there's any light in the room. This clock is an absolute blessing!

Dark Time
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 0.2 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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