Apple has recently released the beta for the new version of their mobile operating system, iOS 9.3. The beta is currently only available for developers, as they need early access in order to update their apps and create new, up-to-date apps, and Apple hasn’t yet announced a release date for the public.
If you can’t wait to see what’s new in the new version of iOS, here are the details:
While this has been available on all platforms for some time, although with third-party apps, Apple has decided to add the famous night mode to its operating system. Night mode, dubbed “Night Shift” on iOS, simply changes the screen from blue light to a warmer setting. This not only protects your eyes during the night, but studies have also found that exposure to blue light at night can impact our circadian rhythm, leading to disrupted sleep. The new iOS feature uses a tracking system to detect your location and time zone and automatically turns on at night.
Apple is also adding new features, aimed at kids in school, which allows them to log into their accounts from any shared classroom iPad. An admin account on that device will manage all the accounts and give them access to courses and books accordingly. This seems to be part of a huge campaign Apple is doing to encourage teachers to use their products in the classroom. A new app, called Education, will also be released, and it will contain all the education features, and more tools designed to help teachers create and present courses.
Notes, now secure
The Notes app is very useful in everyone’s life, and even if you use your phone very rarely, chances are it came in handy at least once or twice. However, sometimes, we use it to write certain secrets or to-do lists that shouldn’t be known by others. That’s why Apple is now enforcing security on the Notes app and giving you the tools to properly secure your thoughts and important details, through fingerprint access or a password. In addition to added security, the Notes app will also have new sorting options.
The News app will also receive an update. The new app will be optimized for personal use, being able to display more accurate news in the ‘For You’ tab. Also, in order to show you interesting new content, the same tab will also include trending topics and Editors’ Picks. Videos will also be playable straight from your feed, and news will refresh and load faster, according to Apple. The News app is only available in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia at the moment, but there’s no telling when Apple will add new regions to it.
Watch and Health support
Apple has also announced on their 9.3 page that the Health app will receive an update, enabling it to display your move, exercise, and stand data, as well as your goals, from Apple Watch. So you can see all your health metrics in one place and easily share your data with third‑party apps. Third-party health apps will also be easier to find on the App Store, with new categories being added, such as: Weight, Workouts, and Sleep.
CarPlay is Apple’s solution to using the phone while driving. For those who don’t know, CarPlay displays iOS apps on your car’s built in touchscreen. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all while focusing on driving. With iOS 9.3, CarPlay gets new features, such as ‘New’ and ‘For You’ tabs in Apple Music. In addition, Maps will allow you to find gas, parking, restaurants and coffee shops near you with the ‘Nearby’ feature. This might prove to be a very useful addition for when you’re on a long commute and don’t know where to buy something.