Apple has released first beta of iOS 9.3 for developers and previewed a number of new features of the next software update for the iPhone and iPad. The list includes features such as Night Shift, CarPlay improvements, secure notes and more.
First up, the Night Shift feature automatically shifts the color temperature of an iOS device by using your device’s clock and geo-location to determine when it’s sunset in your location. It automatically changes the colors in the screen “to the warmer end of the spectrum, making it easier on your eyes.” In the morning, the display goes back to normal. Next up, users can now secure the notes that contain your most personal data — such as financial details, medical info, or website logins — with a password or fingerprint. You can also sort notes by date created, date modified, or alphabetically. A landscape mode and faster refresh functionality has been added for the Apple News app along with addition of offering more personalized articles.
The Apple Health app now makes it easier to find third-party apps to track your health. Weight, workouts, and sleep categories get a new slider menu that reveals great apps you can easily add to your Health dashboard. In addition, the app now displays your move, exercise, and stand data, as well as your goals, from Apple Watch. The CarPlay is getting new features such as “Nearby” for Apple Maps that shows everything around you and also offers new music recommendation features in Apple Music.
Finally, the Education features in iOS 9.3 makes iPads easier to use in the classroom as students will be able to log in to any iPad in the classroom with their own accounts, and teachers will be able to share student iPad screens among the whole class. Apple did not mention when iOS 9.3 will be released to non-beta users.