The latest update to Apple's OS, iOS 9.3, could be hitting our devices sooner than expected if the preview, which was released yesterday, is anything to go by.
According to Apple, we're inline for '... improvements to a wide range of apps, along with great new additions to CarPlay'. Some more intriguing new developments however include Night Shift, which changes the colour/exposure of your devices's screen depending on the time of day, and additional security on apps like Notes, which might hold sensitive information.
Night Shift will come as a welcome addition on the iPhone and iPad for anyone that read our article on the dangers of blue light in dimly lit rooms. Luckily, Apple are thinking of your health so you don't have to (well, sort of) and promise that Night Shift will use your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location. Similar to applications like f.lux, Night Shift will then automatically shift 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. The colour change is strange at first but once you get used to it your eyes will thank you.
iOS 9.3 will also welcome improved functionality on Apple Health and security on some of Apple's 'Utilities' apps, including Notes, which will now require a password or scan of your fingerprint to grant access. This should prove handy for anyone that saves financial information, logins or personal details in the Notes section of their iPhone.
A key feature of iOS 9.3 however, will be Apple Education, which is the company's first major attempt at improving iPad integration in schools. With Apple Education, students will be able to log into any iPad in a classroom and make it their own; they'll have fast and easy access to material and will be able to pick up exactly where they left off; and younger students will have easier logins so they're easier to remember.
A new Classroom app will offer greater functionality for teachers. With the use of the app, teachers will be able to digitally guide students through a lesson and track their progress; lock apps with Remote Control and reset passwords. Similarly, school managers/admins will be glad to know how have access to one portal where they can manage Apple IDs, purchase apps for a number of devices and prepare devices for student use.