Apple has announced that they are going to bring out an updated version of their operating system for iPhones and iPads called iOS 9.3.
So one of the really big talking points of iOS 9.3 is a feature called Night Shift. When looking at a screen in the night,studies have proved the blue glow that comes from your iPhone or iPad(or any other screen) actually makes it harder to get to sleep. With iOS 9.3, you can go to your Settings on your iPhone or iPad. Under the Display and Brightness section, you will find a little slider that will allow you to change the colour to a warmer orange tint. Now, you will be able to sleep a little bit better.
Update: Night Shift is only available on the following iOS devices(shame on you Apple:
- iPhone 5S
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6S
- iPhone 6S Plus
- iPad Mini 2
- iPad Mini 3
- iPad Mini 4
- iPad Air
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Pro
Apple’s Notes app on iOS is also getting a few changes. You will be able to password protect your notes. Alternatively, if you have an iPhone or iPad with a fingerprint reader(for TouchID), then you can protect your notes with your fingerprint. You might store confidential information in your notes (such as bank account information or your passwords for your favourite websites. This feature will be available on the iPhone 5S or newer.
Next up, is the News app. If you have an article open and it has some video then tap on it and it will play. Additionally there is now an editors’ picks section that will display hand-picked articles that Apple thinks you should read.
The health app is also getting some tweaks. You will now see a slider where you can see different health-related apps. You will now see more statistics and more info about your health goals as well. If you are someone who’s into using tech to track your fitness then these changes will be helpful to you.
At this time there is no release date for iOS 9.3. However, if you really feel like giving it a try then you can join Apple’s public beta program.
For me, iOS 9.3’s real big story is Night Shift. I am really glad that Apple finally got their act together on this one. There is an app on Mac and PC called F.lux(which I covered as a pick of the week) that does the same thing. In fact, you could previously get a version of F.lux for your iPhone or iPad. However, Apple pulled it because F.lux was breaching Apple’s developer agreement. For those of you who care for this kind of thing, Apple said that they were using private APIs and as part of the developer agreement you are not allowed to do that. Apple controls the platform so I can fully understand that they decided to pull F.lux. They don’t want apps to break if an update to iOS changes things.
All of that having been said I do feel sorry for F.lux. They put so much energy, effort and time into making something that they are giving for free to us desktop and laptop computer users. They put the effort into making it available for iOS and then they are told that they can’t do it.
As far as the News app goes, I don’t really care that much for it. There are already a good amount of apps already out there such as Flipboard and Feedly (to name but a few), that do pretty much everything Apple’s News app does. To be fair though, most people who don’t want to create an Apple account to download apps to their iPhone or iPad will most likely use Apple’s News app.
Will you be upgrading to iOS 9.3? If you have already installed the beta, what do you think of it? Let me know!