Apple iOS 9 was released in September 2015 alongside the current smartphone flagships iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.
This OS came in with lots of exciting features among them the 3D Touchscreen technology as well the Live Photos feature. Over time, the OS has received a few iterations that have also brought in some significant updates and fixes to the bugs affecting the performance and functionality of the initial version.
Speaking of iterations, the iPhone maker has this week unveiled a new version of this operating system, bumping it up to iOS 9.3. Just as expected, the new version brings along quite some improvements as well as new features that are currently not available on the previous versions.
Apple School app is now available
Apple has added a new app in the latest release of iOS 9.3, bringing in the Apple School app that is targeting educational institutions with its new set of iPads. There are some features available on this new app, ranging from the ability to check remotely out what kids are up to on the iPads to guiding them all through their lessons.
With this newly launched Apple School app, it will also be possible to share iPads across multiple users, something that has come to the platform for the first time. In this way, students will now be able to log into any classroom device to get access to their apps. It seems Apple is targeting support for multiple users on all of its iPads in future.
An F.lux-like feature comes to iOS 9.3
If you are familiar with what F.lux does for users of Windows and Mac PCs, you will see no difference from what Apple has just brought on the new iOS 9.3 OS. On Windows and Mac, this feature takes advantage of your clock as well as geo-location in a bid to change the amount of blue light that comes from the devices running on these two operating systems. When this light is reduced, which usually happens at sundown, experts say that you will be able to enjoy the best night sleep ever.
Many studies have been carried out to prove the effects of blue light on sleep. According to the findings, exposure to this light in the evenings will hamper your ability to fall asleep. With the introduction of Night Shift in iOS 9.3, your device will use its clock and geo-location to determine the time of the day in your current location. Once it does so, it will automatically shift the present colors being displayed to something warmer, thus making it a lot easier on your eyes. The display will automatically go back to normal once it determines that its sunrise. Amazing isn’t it!
Surprisingly, F.lux found its way to the iOS sometime in 2015 via a workaround, but Apple was quick to dismiss it, asking the company to stop the hack. Maybe it was just a way of making sure that its plans are not hampered by this similar tool.
Apple has also added some other useful features to the new release of iOS 9.3, among them the ability to protect the Notes app using the Touch ID as well as enhancements to the recently released Apple News.
iOS 9.3 is still a developer preview version and as such, users will have to be owners of a premium developer account to get it.