With the announcement of iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7-inch, Apple released also, the final version of iOS 9.3, a minor update to the El Capitan. What changes? Come with me I’ll show you.
The iOS 9.3 update is regarded as great, but for so many new features is well abated. The largest is the Night Shift mode that “yellow” the screen at night to use the smartphone or tablet not disturb your sleep.
Who knows f.lux, a free app for Windows and OSX, you know what it is. Created by former Google employees, the f.lux is based on studies like this to justify the removal of the blue tone of the screens when the sun goes down. He suggests that this shade is typically light emitted by the screens suppress melatonin production, hormone responsible for regulating our circadian rhythm, ie, when in sleep or not. By being exposed to this blue light before going to bed our body is messed up and sleep becomes more difficult.
Apple built the feature, called here Night Shift, iOS 9.3. It is largely identical to f.lux that come up running iOS via sideloading but their distribution was suspended requirement of Apple. On Android, which is available, the f.lux requires rooting to work. Interestingly the Lux, an older alternative to f.lux in the Google mobile system, eliminates the workaround.
Going back to iOS 9.3, when installing this version of the Control Center gets a new icon, center, in the bottom row. In Settings, some settings related to Night Shift can be done in “screen and brightness”. Inside, the user can set the scheduled activation feature, activate it manually and adjust the intensity of the effect on the screen.
I used yesterday the Night Shift, set to go into action in the sunset and leave the scene at sunrise it, and is what you would expect from something. The change is gradual and pleasant, except when consuming sensitive content color and videos, for example. For these cases, go to the Central Control and temporarily disable the Night Shift.
Other than this and although it is impossible for me to determine whether it was useful or not at the time I went to bed (not insomnia), the Night Shift only works, which in these circumstances is a compliment.
Another novelty of the few iOS 9.3 is in the Notes app. Now, give some to lock and release them only by means of a password or biometric via Touch ID.
The way this happens is well balcony: the Notes does not block all the notes, but gives the user the option to block some specific, more sensitive content. The password is the same for all those who come to be identified by a padlock, in the list on the right. The notes released with the password/Touch ID can be locked again with a touch that lock or turning off the device screen.
Also in the notes, you can now change the order of them according to three criteria: date of the last edition, creation date or alphabetical. Until iOS 9.2, they were only listed by the last edition. The setting of the password and the order is in the app settings, and not the same notes.
There are new developments in the Health app, too. In addition to subtle changes in graphics, now the tab “Health Data” gives app suggestions to help collect and analyze more information about different areas of nutrition to sleep through body measurements and to “reproductive health.”
Oh, some of the Apple standard apps, like Settings, Health and App Store, won support 3D Touch context menu.
The other new or are not available in Brazil, or are out of reach for most. In the first group are refinements in Apple News, Apple News app not yet released here, and improvements in tools to use the iPad in educational settings, including a new app, the classroom, for teachers, and support for multiple users in a even tablet – something that would be useful beyond the classroom. Available in Brazil, but out of reach of most, improvements in CarPlay, now suggests songs and artists for the Apple Music and shows points of interest by useful maps.
What’s New in OS X 10.11.4
On the Mac, the new version of El Capitan replica improvements Notes, ie, the computer also becomes possible to change the order of notes and protect them with a password – and here the lack of an equivalent to the Touch ID is felt. For those who use Evernote and wants to give a chance to the notes, Apple added a built-in importer. Is File, Import Notes …
Other features include sharing Live Photos between Macs and iOS devices via AirDrop or Messaging and the ability to save PDF files in the cloud through iBooks, making them accessible from any connected Apple device.
Some corrections and the usual promises (“improves the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac”) close the list of what’s new. Among them, however, it is worth mentioning one that left frustrated everyone who uses Twitter and browse your Safari: the fix bug with links shortened by t.co. In the previous version the most clicks on these links took centuries to open in Apple’s browser. Not anymore.
All updates are free. The installer iOS 9.3, iPhone 6s, has 310 MB and even lowering it yesterday immediately after the release, the download was fast and the update, quiet. It is available for all iPhone 4S from all Apple tablets from the iPad 2 and the fifth and sixth generations of the iPod touch. Some features are not available on all devices; the Night Shift, for example, only works on the iPhone 5s on, the iPad Air/mini 2 forward and iPod sixth generation touch.
On the Mac, the update of the El Capitan requires one download of 1.5GB. I downloaded the MacBook Pro cover yesterday and today when I woke up, the system offered to install – the files had been downloaded at night, with the notebook “sleeping”, thanks to Power Nap. Like the iOS, here also the process was quick and painless. I did not notice until now, no more apparent problem or slow strokes.