True to form, Apple announced the iOS 9.3 release in early January. Although there were less bells and whistles for developers to cheer for, the OS version will include some thing to make using iOS feel better. After doing some digging, the following features are the ones we feel deserve mentioning (check out one of our sources here and here).
Night Shift – A Way to Set the Mood
The Night Shift feature changes the screens temp in the evening, taking into account the current time, location and sunset time to adjust display settings on the phone. The goal? Making looking at your phone easier on the eyes late at night. The official marketing description from Apple is:
Many studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. Night Shift uses your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location. Then it automatically shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum, making it easier on your eyes. In the morning, it returns the display to its regular settings. Pleasant dreams.
Secure Notes with TouchID
Hey! Had a thought… don’t want to lose it… what do you do? Whip out your phone, open up notes and type up the information. Going beyond that, some people even put login credentials, bank account info, SSN’s, etc. So, Apple decided to give the user the option lock down the notes app using Touch ID.
Notes is one of those apps you use all the time for all kinds of things. Now you can 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.
This just in – News App Expanded
The News app was introduced not that long ago. Apple has quickly iterated on feedback and produced a few more features to help users get news faster, and that is more relevant.
The articles in For You are now better tailored to your particular interests. And to help you discover new Favorites, For You suggests trending topics and Editors’ Picks. When a story contains video, you can play it right from your feed. On your iPhone, you can view everything in landscape. And when you check for updates, the latest stories appear much faster — so you can catch up on the day’s events quickly and easily.
Among Other News
- The HealthKit app is one of the less-utilized features of iOS, and yet has great promise. In iOS 9.3, apps that integrate with HealthKit have a custom store within the HealthKit dashboard. This should make it easier for customers to find health-related apps.
- Car Play (Apple’s vehicle dashboard integration system) was enhanced in 9.3. While this platform isn’t yet available for broad development, we are finally seeing a significant number of vehicles adopting this system. Remember that AppleTV was once a closed platform; it’s worth keeping your eyes on CarPlay for future opportunities.
- Education – The most interesting feature in the iOS 9.3 update is the one that rather few of our customers will see; 9.3 includes many features for enhancing the iPad’s use in an educational setting. The most important of these is support for multiple users on a device. When this is viewed alongside the iPad Pro, and iOS 9’s multitasking support on the iPad, it’s not too big a stretch to see Apple looking to iOS as a desktop operating system in the not-too-distant future. While this doesn’t affect our users right now, this could be the kind of change that makes a huge impact in the next two years.
There you have it folks. Nothing to extreme, but some nice features that will make end users lives more enjoyable.