By: Michael Conte
Earlier today, Apple released iOS 9.3 Beta 1 with a ton of changes and improvements. It includes a Night Mode, improvements to the News, Notes, and Health apps, and more 3D Touch shortcuts.
A feature that is the most talked about was Night Mode, a built in version of the app, f.lux, which Apple denied from the App Store a few months ago. The point of this feature is to have less strain on your eyes with the white background to most iOS apps. This new Night Mode can turn those whites into blues or oranges, to reduce the strain on your eyes, without affecting brightness.
Apple also improved a few of its stock iOS apps like News, Notes, and Health. The News app got major improvements to the For You tab algorithm, while Health got a slight redesign as well as now holding Activity data from the Apple Watch. The Notes app got the most needed feature, other than Night Mode. With iOS 9.3, you will be able to lock select notes with Touch ID.
iOS 9.3 also gives some love to the iPhone 6S's 3D Touch. Apple added more 3D Touch shortcuts to Compass, Stocks, App Store, Health, Weather, and best of all, Settings. The 3D Touch shortcuts for Settings are my favorite because it gives quick access to the Battery settings, which gives a quick toggle to the Low Power Mode toggle. Now, of course, Apple should add it to Control Center, but I think Apple is waiting for iOS 10 for that.
iOS 9.3 is looking to be a great release and it's only the first beta. iOS 9.3 should be released in March right after the rumored Apple Watch event. To download this beta, go to developer.apple.com/ios/download