28 Jan Apple iOS 9.3 Released: Improve Your Experience
Apple released the first developer beta of iOS 9.3, which introduced several new functionalities for built-in apps and for health, news and education users.
The system updates are now available to developers, you can download the beta from the iOS Dev Centre.
Let’s check out some of the key new features in store:
1. Improved Privacy for Notes
Now you can secure the notes that contain your most personal data with a password or fingerprint. You can also sort notes by date created, date modified, or alphabetically.
2. Night Shift
A new ‘Night Shift’ mode will automatically adjust the colors on iPhone and iPad screens when night falls, becoming warmer and less eye-straining so that Apple users won’t be disturbed by interruptions to their sleep caused by harsh blue screen light.
Check out more about Night Shift: http://bit.ly/1KcPsrm
3. Smart Education Upgrades
Education is at the heart of iOS 9.3. In fact so much so Apple has released a dedicated education section on its website just to preview all the changes the update will bring.
Highlights include iPad multi-user support (called ‘Shared iPad’) which enables students to log onto any iPad and get full access to their apps, books, documents and places them exactly where they left off.
‘Photo ID’ will show the student’s picture once they’ve logged in to avoid iPads getting mixed up during the class.
Young students get a more basic version accessed with a simple four digit PIN.
Also breaking new ground is the ‘Classroom’ app which allows a teacher to control all the iPads of the students in their class (for example to open a particular app) and even jump to individual student’s iPads to monitor work (‘Screen View’).
Meanwhile ‘Apple School Manager’ is a hub for teachers to compile courses, purchase class books and apps, track individual iPads and more.
Learn more about Education Preview: http://apple.co/1mTlVIK
4. Improved 3D Touch
iOS 9.3 will come with advanced 3D Touch capabilities, meaning there are advancements to the way users can interact with their Apple device using pressure commands.
These include new ‘Quick Shortcuts’ for the App store, Compass, Health, iTunes Store and Weather.
With iOS 9.3, gets enhanced Apple Music support with support for ‘New’ and ‘For You’ music suggestion features.
And the Nearby feature in Maps lets you find gas, parking, restaurants, coffee, and more with a tap.
So you’ll know the best places to stop, whether you’re on your daily commute or an epic road trip. CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car.
Learn more about Carplay: http://apple.co/1i6aQ3j
iOS 9.3 will include third-party app recommendations in the Health app, where users will also be able to see move, exercise, stand, and goal data from a paired Apple Watch.
In the individual category pages, Health will highlight apps for tracking specific metrics – such as weight or steps – linking to the app’s product page on the App Store.
Landscape mode has been added on the iPhone along with greater customization options.
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