Having fully understood that people find it very difficult to sleep at night after prolonged exposure to blue light emanating from their Apple devices, Apple has now introduced the “Night Shift” feature for its latest iOS 9.3 beta, according to MacRumors.
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The Night Shift feature reduces the amount of blue light an iOS device is producing at sunset, replacing it with warmer yellow colors of the spectrum before automatically switching to its normal color settings in the morning.
Previous research has proven that blue light from devices alters the body’s circadian rhythm and thereby negatively impacts sleep, but the Night Shift feature in the new Apple iOS 9.3 better seems to perfectly solve this problem.
The Night Shift mode is very similar to the f.lux on Mac which also dims its light as night approaches, replacing it with a more favorable color. The f.lux cuts out blue light in the evenings and nights and users used this feature for many years until f.lux discontinued on the orders of Apple.
F.lux also made to launch an iOS app that has the same functions not too long, but since the app would use private APIs, users would not have to download it via App Store but through a side-load using Xcode – something Apple did not view as proper, stating it violated the Developer Program Agreement.
Then the next revelation is that Apple is obviously developing its own Night Shift feature in-house, forcing f.lux to quit.
The current iOS 9.3 beta has many new features and this includes making an iPhone connect with several Apple Watch at the same time, while also achieving enhancements with Apple News, Notes, CarPlay, and Health among others.
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It must however be pointed out that the Night Shift capability works only on iOS devices with 64-bit processor, and this includes the iPhone 5s and those produced later, the iPad Air and those produced later, as well as the iPad mini 2 and those that came after.