With iOS 9.2.1 still in beta phase (and already jailbroken) it looks like Apple is already gearing up to let people know about iOS 9.3 by giving them a preview of a few new features on their site today. This update itself will include the usual improvements to applications, but Apple is also including new stuff to CarPlay, sleeping better at night, and making iPads in schools easier to use for admins and students alike.
The first feature that Apple has added is called “Night Shift.” Apple is trying to make it easier for you to fall asleep at night by using the device’s clock and geolocation to know when the sun sets. The display will then show warmer colors so your eyes can have some relief from the blue light you’ve been around all day. Once morning hits, the display will return back to normal. The reason for this is from studies that have shown that exposure to bright blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep.
Applications wise, four have been updated: Notes, News, Health, and CarPlay. Notes has been updated to become even more private. If you’re the type of person who likes keeping their confidential information on their device, you now have more security behind it as Apple has updated Notes to take either a fingerprint or a password. You’ll also be able to sort the notes alphabetically, by date created or date modified. News has been improved by showing articles that will interest you. If a certain article has a video in it, you’ll be able to play it from there, landscape mode is now possible on an iPhone, and stories will show up much faster when you check for updates. In the Health app, finding third party health applications is much easier. Your move, exercise, stand data, and goals are now displayed from your Apple Watch. Last up for applications that have been updated is CarPlay. New and For You from Apple Music — with songs, artists, and albums handpicked by experts, plus selections based on your preferences. The Nearby feature in Maps allows you to find gas stations, restaurants, parking, etc.
Lastly is education. This feature will allow students to log in to any iPad in the classroom and it’ll be like their own. New classroom apps will allow teachers to helps students with their lessons and keep track of them. Admins will have one portal to log in to and create Apple IDs for purchasing apps and more. Managing Apple IDs that the school has created will be much easier.
No release date has been provided for iOS 9.3 beta, but I’m sure Apple has already pushed it out to some users for testing. What are your thoughts about the iOS 9.3 preview update? Liking the new features? Let us know by leaving your comment down below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.
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