Apple delivers a ‘significant’ update with iOS 9.3 – Computerworld

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iOS 9, the mobile OS that powers Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, got a significant update Monday (when Apple also unveiled a new 4-in. iPhone and a 9.7-in. iPad Pro) with the arrival of iOS 9.3. The updated OS introduces several new features, including new 3D Touch shortcuts for existing system apps, Wi-Fi call support for Verizon customers, the ability to encrypt individual Notes, and — most prominently — a new Night Shift mode that automatically shifts the white balance on newer iPads and iPhones to a warmer color spectrum to help reduce eye strain and improve sleep. iOS 9.3 also brings updates to CarPlay, as well as enhancements to make the iPad a better tool for educational use.

The development cycle for iOS 9.3 encompassed seven developer betas and several public betas, so this update was a long-time coming. That lengthy gestation period should result in a stable final build, but if you’re worried about that, you can just wait a few days to see if any major bugs snuck through Apple’s quality assurance process and into the final build.

Not going to wait, are you? Didn’t think so.

The update can be installed by tapping Settings: General: Software Update, and then following the necessary prompts. If you’re more of an old-school user, you can also  upgrade your iOS device through iTunes. Update sizes will vary depending on which device is being upgraded. For the iPhone 6S, iOS 9.3 weighs in at a sizable 1.7GB; for the iPad Pro, it’s 1.5GB. Every device compatible with iOS 9 can — and should — run this update, but some features are limited to more recent models. (Night Shift, for instance, only works on the iPhone 5s or later, the iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, the iPad mini 2 or later and the sixth-generation iPod touch.)

Apple delivers a ‘significant’ update with iOS 9.3 – Computerworld