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iOS 9.3 to Feature Nighttime Mode

MaddiRuhl - January 12, 2016 - 10:37 AM
iOS 9.3 to Feature Nighttime Mode
Apple has released a preview of its new iOS update, which includes a feature for nighttime use.

It's nearly time for another iOS update, and Apple has released a preview of 9.3. One of the features getting a lot of attention is the "Night Shift" mode, which Apple states "may even help you get a good night's sleep." Night Shift activates after sunset, which is determined by "using your iOS device's clock and geolocation." After sunset, the screen undergoes a change, and "shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum, making it easier on your eyes." This setting reverses itself at sunrise. Also included in iOS 9.3 are Touch ID protection on Notes, a more tailored news experience, and a slew of new health activity tracking apps that measure anything from steps taken, to time spent standing up, to heart rate, and more.

In light of studies done in recent years that reveal just how bad nighttime smartphone use can be for health, Apple wants to acknowledge these risks (while, perhaps, encouraging users to stay connected). "Many studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep," Apple continued. Amazon has already introduced a similar feature for its Kindle Fire tablet, geared towards users who like to read before bed. Apple's beta OS is currently out for developers. The company has not yet announced when the update will be available to users.

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