Apple has had a busy period, after releasing its iOS 9 in September. Since then, the company has launched five important updates, such as iOS 9.0.1 on September 23, 2015, iOS 9.0.2 on September 30, 2015, iOS 9.1 on October 21, 2015, iOS 9.2 on December 8, 2015 and iOS 9.2.1 beta on December 16, 2015 (for the Apple Developer program and one day later for the public beta testers) and now, the first beta of iOS 9.3 is available for developers. In this article, we’ll tell you about the new features and changes that come with it.
The first beta of iOS 9.3 comes with Night Shift, a feature that is similar to the third-party app Flux from OS X, which changes the color temperature of your display, switching it to a warm tone at night, so that the users won’t tire their eyes and sleep better. Plus, this feature will convince the owners of an E Ink-based Kindle to ditch their devices in favor of an iPhone or iPad.
Another big feature will be for schools, which will receive a digital education suite that will help the teachers create Apple IDs for their students. Also, they will look at the screens of any iPad while they’re in the classroom and, in addition, they will dynamically launch and lock applications. Educational materials will be distributed more easily and students will download relevant data by logging into these school iPads. Also, students who like to use the same tablet more times, his/her data will be cached locally, so that it will be easier to access it. Apple wants to dominate the education market, in order to beat Google’s Chromebooks, which are becoming very popular because of their specs and low prices.
Also, many built-in applications have been tweaked. For example, the Notes can be locked using a password or fingerprint; the Health application will display the users’ stats on the Apple Watch, while the News application will provide more relevant applications, based on a better algorithm. CarPlay, the Music and Maps applications were also improved, receiving minor additions.
iOS 9.3 is available for the developers who are paying $99 a year in order to take part of the program.
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