Apple released the new beta version of iOS 9.3 this week and days after the release of perhaps one of the most exciting feature on the OS – Night Shift – the original developers of this technology have issued a statement.
According to the developers of f.lux, the application that is behind the popular screen brightness as well as color control in Mac and Windows desktops, Apple will have to allow the proper version of the software to be uploaded to the iOS App Store so that users of iPhones and iPads can access it. In addition, the company wants Apple to open the Night Shift API.
F.lux was extra careful in its statement, making sure it avoided any criticism of Cupertino as far as the new Night Shift feature in iOS 9.3 beta is concerned. The new feature lets iOS devices automatically shift display color temperature when the night starts falling in. This is aimed at easing the physiological effects of exposure to cold blue light that most devices emit.
The team praised Apple’s move, terming it as a “big commitment” and an “important first step” towards something big.
Blue light leads to delayed sleep
The blue light that is usually emitted by smartphones and tablets may lead to reduced amounts of sleep. This is according to a research performed by f.lux. The research revealed that exposure to such light, especially during the fading hours of the day, leads to reduced production of melatonin and as a result, leads to delayed sleep by at least one hour. This is the same release notes that Apple has availed on iOS 9.3’s preview page.
F.lux was designed in 2009 and going by the years, it is with no doubt the first to come around with this technology. The app was first availed to Mac users, but later on in 2011, the iOS users could make use of it; however, this required them to jailbreak their devices thanks to the fact that f.lux utilizes private APIs.
Sideloading with Xcode 7 was then made available in order to increase the app’s reach, but due to its continued reliance on private APIs, Apple shut the program down in November last year. Little did f.lux know that Cupertino was planning on releasing a similar technology of its own with the release of iOS 9.3, but now that it is here, the company has something to say.
“Today, we ask Apple to let us release f.lux for iOS, open up access to features unveiled this week and support our mission of more research in sleep and chronobiology”, the app’s co-founder Michael Herf said.