Several studies have shown that using your smartphones and tablet during bedtime could affect your quality of sleep. This is due to blue light emitted from digital screens that can cause eye fatigue. This could even cause eyesight impairment in the long run.
With the upcoming iOS 9.3 update for the iPhone and iPad, Apple wants you to sleep better at night with its new “Night Shift” feature.
According to Apple, Night Shift aims to make it easier for you to sleep by making the display more pleasant to your eyes. Using your device’s time and GPS, it will know when it is sunset and would gradually change the display to show warmer colours, cutting down on blue light emission. As a result, it would help to increase melatonin production naturally, a vital component to get better sleep at night.
Of course, this isn’t entirely new. Most smartphones from China including Xiaomi, OPPO, Huawei and BenQ have their own low blue light or reading mode that does the same thing. The only difference is that Apple is making it automatic based on your current time. There’s no mention if there’s an option to turn it off, but we are sure it would be important for those actually working night shifts.
Apart from this low blue light mode, the new iOS 9.3 update will also introduce a multi-user feature for the iPad. This would allow several people to share a single device and the experience will be customised based on their individual profiles. Unfortunately, this appears to be catered for schools and we are not sure if they would extend this to end users as well. On top of that, the native Notes app can be secured with your fingerprints. So you can keep your private info safe and unlock them with a single tap.