Apple’s iOS 9.3 operating system is a beta release and Apple suggests that only developers download the update. However, many people other than developers have downloaded the beta release and are praising the update, which, according to MacRumors, contains a nifty new feature called “Night Shift.”
“Night Shift is a new feature that’s designed to automatically cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS user is exposed to at night by shifting to more yellow tones for the iPhone or iPad’s display. Studies have suggested blue light exposure at night can disrupt the circadian rhythm, making it more difficult to fall asleep.”
According to CNET, you can now protect your notes.
“The humble Notes app gets some love with 9.3. You can now password protect your notes to keep important info safe from prying eyes. You’ll also be able to finally sort notes by date or title. Hardly revolutionary stuff, but it does make this simple app much more useful.”
CNET also talks about an addition that teachers will love.
“iPads can be incredible teaching tools and now they get extra features to help them better fit into a classroom. The Classroom app helps teachers deliver lesson plans and track their student’s progress. Students can share a single iPad by logging in with different accounts to personalize what they see.”
CNET adds that Apple is also introducing Apple IDs for education that are created and managed by school administrators. This will certainly help productivity in a public education system that many see as unproductive.
The site 9To5Mac has taken a poll on whether the iOS 9.3 update is a big enough upgrade for people to try the beta version. Around 40 percent said they were already a public beta member, about 26 percent said they’ll wait for the final release, about 17 percent claimed to be seriously tempted, and just 6 percent claimed iOS 9.3 was the trigger that made them sign up. It appears that a lot of people are afraid to upgrade their devices with software that could potentially brick it.
“I tried the 9.1 beta on my iPad and it was a horrible experience. I don’t ever want to try iOS betas again,” claims commenter “teen idle” after the article that has the poll.
“9.2 was a big enough beta for me to try, let alone 9.3. But frankly, with bigger beta comes bigger risks of the beta being unstable and buggy,” says tonywmd23.
However, Twitter is buzzing with users who really like the iOS 9.3 upgrade.
Just installed iOS 9.3. Night Shift is really great. Beta seems very stable so far.
— Valentin Woelm (@vwoelm) January 14, 2016
Wow, iOS 9.3 beta is smooth as hell, very unlike recent Apple, I like.
— Gaijinhunter (@aevanko) January 13, 2016
It seems as if people are enjoying the beta version of iOS 9.3, they will love the full version, which is rumored to be released in March. Apple had a lot of problems with iOS 9.2, which came out early last month. There were reports of some bugs.
“The iOS 9.2 update is only a few hours old but we’re already starting to see complaints about iOS 9.2 problems. Early iOS 9.2 problems include issues with personal hotspot, issues with the smartcover volume display, an odd keyboard bug, various iOS 9.2 installation problems, Wi-Fi problems, issues with Calendar, clipboard issues, new Apple Music problems, Touch ID problems, and more,” claimed Gotta Be Mobile.
Have you uploaded your apple device with iOS 9.3 yet? If so, tell us what you think about it in the comments section.
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