Does anybody know what kind of file are the wallpapers that came with iOS 13 that change with light / dark mode? I’d like to make one myself.


I have a good feeling that the Dark/Light themed wallpapers work similarly to how Dark/Light themed images work with WebKit.

As of macOS Mojave, website developers can make their webpages change based on the system theme (light or dark). Websites that support dark mode will have at least 2 images, a dark-themed image and a light-themed image. When a user changes their theme from light to dark (or vise versa), the webpage will transition from one image to the other accordingly.

A webpage image changing with Dark Mode

For their light/dark wallpapers, Apple may have created two similar images and given them the exclusive ability to transition when the Dark Mode setting changes; but I cannot be 100% certain. If this is the case, they probably just use a standard image file format but made it so only they can make transitioning wallpapers.

  • I’m thinking maybe some kind of layered file? – Jaime Santa Cruz Oct 11 '19 at 0:08

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