Update: Available now. Read below for what’s new.
After weeks and weeks of betas, Apple on Monday announced iOS 9.3 will be available to download later today. The update introduces a number of new features, including Night Shift, which will add a warmer tint to your display depending on the time of day. If you’ve ever used F.lux, the feature is designed to make viewing your device before bed less stressful on the eyes and have less of an impact on a user’s circadian rhythm.
In addition, iOS 9.3 also introduces new 3D Touch features, security to notes, Wi-Fi calling for Verizon, and a few other minor enhancements. We actually got our hands on the first iOS 9.3 beta all the way back in January, which you can check out above. Below are some of the new features that we detailed when the first beta was released. If we find any other big features in the final release, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Night Shift – As the name suggests, Night Shift is designed to automatically shift your display’s color from blue to yellow in darker environments. Studies have shown that a phone’s blue light can interrupt a person’s circadian rhythm, making it more difficult to fall asleep. Night Shift will apparently fix this, and ensure users fall asleep more easily.
Quick Actions – There are new 3D Touch options for Apple’s stock apps, including Weather, Settings, Compass and Health. It looks like Apple is still struggling to find significant ways to make 3D Touch worthwhile, a feature that essentially eliminates the multiple taps and swipes it takes to find a certain feature. For something like Weather, iOS 9.3 beta 1 allows users to see the weather at their current location, or for other saved locations in the app.
Notes – Users can now use Touch ID or a password to protect notes. The feature is pretty straightforward, adding a new layer of security, ostensibly making your private notes safe from prying eyes.
News – Apple’s News app has been improved so it’s more customizable to a person’s interests. The “For You” section now includes trending topics, along with picks from Apple editors for better discovery. Meanwhile, News can be viewed in landscape mode on the iPhone, and videos play in-line in news stories.
Health – Health now links to third-party apps, and also reflects the Apple Watch’s move, exercise and stand data.
CarPlay – CarPlay apps have been updated so they’re up to snuff with mobile apps in iOS 9. For example, the CarPlay app for Apple Music now includes New and For You section for music discovery, while Maps features “Nearby,” which shows users points of interest that are within a few mile radius.