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Apple has released the newest iOS update, iOS 9.3, to developers in the Apple Beta Software Program. So far the feedback has been good. Many reviews mention that this is a big iOS release with some notable new features, specifically with 3D Touch. Here we follow some of the biggest Mac blogs and see what they have to say about the new update.


Night Shift


According to Apple, “Studies have shown that exposure to blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep.” That is where Nigh Shift comes in to play. Based on your location Night Shift will determine when the sun is setting, and automatically change your screen to warmer colors to reduce eyestrain.


To read more about Night Shift follow this link and read Karissa Bell’s article from Mashable.




Apple is continuing to enhance the user experience for students and teachers in the classroom. With the iOS 9.3 update now teachers have even more control over devices like iPads and are able to launch apps across all classroom iPads at the same time. Also, new with the update Apple has made it easier for students to login and for multiple students who might not have their own iPad to share but still have a personalized experience.


For more details about these improvements read Benjamin Mayo’s article from 9 to 5 Mac.


3D Touch


With the release of the iPhone 6sand 6s Plus, 3D quick actions were introduced. This feature makes it easier to access different app functions through a preview by pressing on the app from the home screen without launching the app.   In iOS 9.3 many stock apps now include this shortcut like Settings, Compass, Weather and Health. For example, the App Store app will now allow you to update all apps at once from your home screen with this function.


Other features


Along with the three highlighted new additions to iOS with the 9.3 update there are a couple more to acknowledge. Now the News App will be able to recommend more personal suggestions, and you will also be able to protect any of your Apple Notes with a password or Touch ID. offers a more in depth article about all of the new updates, click here to read more.


It is not certain when the full public launch of the new iOS will be released, but if you are interested in being one of the firsts to test it out you can sign up to be a part of the Apple Beta Software Program. You will have access to all iOS and OS updates before the general public. “You can take part in shaping Apple software by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us (Apple) know what you think.” Go here and sign up with your Apple ID.


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