Apple released the iOS 9.3 beta 6 on Monday, less than a week after rolling out the fifth test version of its mobile firmware. Various reports suggest that this could be the last beta release for iOS 9.3 before the firmware’s official release date.
“The update is likely the last one before the official release hits later this month,” Techno Buffalo noted. The report also mentioned that there were no obvious differences between iOS 9.3 beta 6 and the previous beta.
iOS 9.3 beta 6 with build number 13E5231a arrived three months after the official public release of iOS 9.2, according to MacRumors. Furthermore, Apple started the testing phase for iOS 9.3 on January 11.
iOS 9.3 beta 6 is currently available for developers and public beta testers. A specific release date for the official iOS 9.3 version has not been revealed yet, but Apple is expected to hold a spring event to introduce the latest generation of its products. Following this highly anticipated event, which is possibly taking place on March 21, Apple fans might be able to see the public release of iOS 9.3.
One of the notable features added in iOS 9.3 is Night Shift, which lessens “the amount of blue light iOS users are exposed to in the evening by shifting the iPad or iPhone display to a warmer (yellower) color spectrum,” as described by MacRumors.
Furthermore, Apple iOS 9.3 is expected to have other new features such as multi-user login. It is designed to make the iPad for Education program even better. However, this new feature won’t be released to the general public and will only be available for MDM customers. iOS 9.3 will also showcase new features for CarPlay, improvements for Notes, and new 3D Touch options for stock Apple applications.
Various Apple apps are also being updated in iOS 9.3. For instance, Apple Music for CarPlay feature has two new sections called “New” and “For You,” allowing users to better discover music. iPhone 6s users running iOS 9.3 will be able to use new Quick Actions created for Settings, Health, App Store, Weather, and more.
Those who will install iOS 9.3 come its official release date will also enjoy new features made for Apple News. Accordingly, iPhone users will now get a landscape view of the app. Apple News also brings in faster updates, in-line video support, and more personalized recommendations, according to Mac Rumors. The Health app gets an “Activity” view, inspired by what is used in Apple Watch.
To learn more about the new features of iOS 9.3, below is a review from Everything Apple Pro, as posted on their official YouTube channel:
In addition to the iOS 9.3 beta 6 release, Apple also rolled out two other firmware builds early this week. The OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta 6 with build number 15E61b and watchOS 2.2 beta 6 build 13V5143a were also seeded. The latter was made available only for developers, according to Apple Insider. With the newest Apple Watch firmware, multiple Apple Watches can be paired with one iPhone running iOS 9.3. The watchOS update also offers a new look for Glance View of the Maps app.
Meanwhile, describing the latest OS X firmware, Apple Insider’s post read:
“OS X 10.11.4 includes a handful of new features, like individually encrypted items in Notes, and support for displaying iPhone 6s Live Photos in Messages. It also patches a bug related to opening links on Twitter via Apple’s Safari browser.”
Usually, Apple also releases a new tvOS build together with these three firmware betas. But apparently, there was a change in pattern on Monday since no new build for the tvOS came out.
The Inquisitr will keep you updated about more launches and news updates from Apple, especially when it comes to official details about the iOS 9.3 release.
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