Apple’s Night Shift

Apple has recently released one of its biggest software updates since iOS 9.0 was launched last year. With the new update, the company is in plans to make the highly hyped Night Shift feature in iOS 9.3, which automatically adjusts the amount of blue light emitted by your display, accessible to all users across the globe.

The update introduces many changes to iOS 9, with special mention to the aforesaid Night Shift feature. It is of great utility given that the feature is designed in a way to cut down on the amount of blue light the iOS device produces and puts in the evening hours.

Studies demonstrate that the blue light affects you negatively for sleeping and disturbs the body’s circadian cycle.

Now that the Night Shift feature is here, as soon as the sun goes down, your iPhone’s screen will adjust the change automatically to the warmer side of the spectrum, minimizing blue color effect.

When in daylight, the display will turn back to normal temperature and color.

For the f.lux users, the change is somewhat familiar to the visual changes option expected with the Night Shift mode.

It in fact, tried to launch more like a similar iOS app featuring the same functionality, but given the private APIs, it flanked Apple Store by asking users to side-load the app on their devices with Xcode, something Apple asked f.lux to remove as soon as it was released.

Anyways, the new feature is available to developers who have downloaded the iOS 9.3 beta.

You can find it easy to manually adjust your Night Shift feature in the main settings by simply following the steps below:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Display and Brightness
  • Select Night Shift
  • Now you can choose when you wish the feature to kick in.
  • You can also adjust the display’s color, temperature etc manually with the slider.

The Night Shift feature is by default set to get enabled between the sunset and sunrise. You can create a customized schedule of the time you want it to activate anyway. You need to select the “From to” menu in display settings.

You can then choose the times you want it to activate or stop.

You can also switch off/on the Night Shift feature in iOS 9.3 from the iOS Control Center with the new shortcut icon. The icon comes handy when you wish to adjust the display for a short term, like when editing a photo.

For users who are new with f.lux or similar software, it can’t be judged as how much difference will the lighting temperature make. Best thing is that it will not only minimize the stress on eyes at night, but will also make browsing at night simpler and less obstructive to other around you.

Whether or not it’ll help you sleep better, the Night Shift feature in iOS 9.3 will definitely make nighttime reading and browsing easier.



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