Apple betas have been rolled out, not for one, nor two, but four platforms. Yes, Apple has rolled out software betas iOS 9.3, El Capitan 10.11.4, watchOS 2.2 and tvOS 9.2 for iPhones, desktops, Apple Watch and Apple TV, respectively. Xcode 7.3 and Apple Configurator 2.2 beta versions have also been made available.
“Night Shift” is the feature introduced on iOS 9.3. With this feature, iPhone’s color scheme will change so that no blue lights would disturb you while sleeping. On the iOS Preview site, Apple states, “Night Shift uses your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location. Then it automatically shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum, making it easier on your eyes. In the morning, it returns the display to its regular settings.”
iOS 9.3 also made changes to the Notes app. Touch ID support has been added. iOS beta release also made things easier for education. “Apple School Manager” and “Managed Apple IDs” will make managing things easier for school admins. From Apple Music, CarPlay will also now get “For You” and “New” recommendations. “Nearby” is a feature added to Maps. The name says it all. You will be able to find restaurants, pubs, parking and more with this feature.
The Nearby feature has been added to WatchOS 2.2 as well. You can use it even on the Apple Watch. On the watch, Core Text framework and HealthKit framework has also been upgraded. The HealthKit framework will now deliver a summary of the wearer’s activities, including total hours of exercise, stand hours, etc.
The tvOS 9.2 beta release now supports Bluetooth keyboard pairing. On Apple TV, you will now have an all-new App Switcher interface, as well as the TV’s own Podcasts app. It will also be able to move apps to folders. Last but not the least, El Capitan 10.11.4 is focusing on security and stability.
With these new Apple betas, we can expect a lot of improvement in Apple devices, from iPhones to the Apple Watch, a device the company is constantly improving.