Apple To Force iOS 9.3 Users To Night Shift
Apple is rumored to be working on a new feature with a weird name "Night Shift" that will be included in the upcoming iOS 9.3.
The feature is designed to reduce the stress on iPhone and iPad user's eyes while reading at night. While the name and specification may make it sound like it'll be useful for librarians and the like, this addition is aimed at the general population of users as everyone suffers from eye stress equally bad.
The main and seemingly the only trick up its sleeve is changing the display color to a warmer, orange-tinged one - just what Google did with Play Books. This will not just be toggled manually as this feature will use your current location data and your iPhone's time to determine if you need the change of color. At local sunset time, it will shift to a warmer tone, Apple says.
Yet, both Apple and Google aren't the pioneers at saving your eyes as the idea was developed by f.lux (https://justgetflux.com), a popular desktop app that does exactly the same with your display, dimming it to a warmer tone at sunset. According to f.lux, your's truly is among the 15 million users who have downloaded the app.
Studies have once again proved that browsing and reading off a bright screen at bedtime will meddle with your sleep quality.
However, none of those were official AppStore downloads as Apple is not willing to unlock such control features to third parties and the workaround app was promptly removed off the shelves by Apple due to a violation of its Developer Program Agreement.
Despite its odd name, Night Shift may prove beneficial as there were numerous studies that have once again proved that browsing and reading off a bright screen at bedtime will meddle with your sleep quality. Researchers suggest that shifting the spectrum from blue to orange will decrease your eye stress and improve your sleep quality.
While there's currently no timeframe for iOS 9.3 release, the fact that the developers are already receiving it suggests that it will take several weeks for the update to arrive on your devices, unless you are planning to go with a beta.