The iOS 9.3 was finally released to the public, more than two months later after Apple has seeded the first beta to registered developers, for testing. This new update brings new features, such as Night Shift, new Quick Actions, a fix for the 1970 bug and other improvements, and it’s available over the air, or it can be downloaded to PCs and Macs from iTunes.
The biggest change in iOS 9.3 is the Night Shift we’ve been telling you about in the past weeks, which reduces the amount of blue light on iPhones and iPads’ displays, switching to a warmer color spectrum that doesn’t bother the eyes when reading texts or browsing the web before going to bed. This feature can be set to automatically turn on at sunset via Settings or though the Control Center Night Shift icon and it will be capable to determine when the sun will go down by using the device’s clock and geolocation.
Also, the owners of the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have received new Quick Actions for several applications such as App Store (an option to update all applications), Compass, Health, iTunes Store, Settings (access to Bluetooth, WiFi and Battery settings) and Weather, so when pressing on the home screen, the users will see new or improved features.
The News app will offer personalized recommendations, a landscape view on the iPhone for easy reading, more frequent updates, support for in-line video etc. Health has received an Apple Watch-style “Activity” view, while Notes allow the users to protect their entries with a password or with Touch ID. Apple Music will now allow third party applications such as Shazam, to add songs to playlists, while the Verizon Wireless subscribers will be able to make WiFi calls. CarPlay has two new sections for Apple Music: New and For You, while Maps will reveal more information about important local points-of-interest from the vicinity.
Also, iOS 9.3 will allow an iPhone to be paired with multiple Apple Watches running watchOS 2.2 and those who are working in the education sector, will be able to use iPads to teach students.
The annoying bug that was bricking iPhones and iPads when the date was set to January 1, 1970, has been fixed, but there were also other bugs that have been fixed by the developers. A few examples are: the bug that was displaying an inaccurate battery percentage, iMessage or FaceTime weren’t activating for some users, some iCloud Backups were prevented from completing etc.