APPLE HAS made the iOS 9.3 update available to download for all owners of iPhones and iPads.
The software contains numerous new features, the most notable of which are the updates to CarPlay to improve interaction between iOS devices and in-car infotainment systems, and Night Shift for late night phone perusing.
Night Shift promises to make your iPhone and iPad less of a strain on your eyes at night. It uses your clock and location to determine when sunset occurs and automatically shifts colours to the warmer end of the spectrum to get rid of bright blue light that can have a negative effect on sleep patterns.
To use Night Shift, once iOS 9.3 is installed on your iPhone or iPad, head over to Settings > Display and Brightness and you'll find a new option called Blue Light Reduction (below).
Here you'll see a slider enabling you to manually adjust the blue light settings. A swipe to the left will increase the blue light and the display become cooler, while sliding to the right allows you to reduce these tones and make the colours warmer.
Underneath there's an option called Schedule (above). Tapping this allows you to set a time that you want Apple to enable the Night Shift feature. For example, there's an option for 'From Sunset to Sunrise,' which will reduce the blue light intensity when the sun starts to set and put your screen back to normal when it lightens up outside.
Night Shift is available on iPhone 5S or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad Mini 2 or later, and iPod touch (6th generation), according to Apple's website.
Those with an iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will also benefit from boosted 3D Touch functionality, as iOS 9.3 adds pressure-sensitive shortcuts to the App Store, Compass, Health, iTunes Store and Weather.
The option to add passwords to Notes will also be included to help keep your billion dollar business ideas, or your shopping lists, safe from prying eyes.
The iOS 9.3 update can be installed on all iPhones from the iPhone 4S and above, and all iPads from the first-generation iPad Mini and iPad 2 and above. µ
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