11 Things to Know Right Now About the iOS 9.3 Update
The iOS 9.3 update is the next big update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and today we’re taking a look at a the most important things iOS 9 users need to know about the iOS 9.3 release, iOS 9.3 jailbreak, and more.
Earlier this year, we started hearing whispers about a new update for iOS users. Those whispers were focused on another milestone upgrade, an iOS 9.3 update that would follow in the footsteps of iOS 9.1 and iOS 9.2.
With rumors pointing to a release in early 2016, we had a feeling that we’d see an iOS 9.3 beta soon after the release of iOS 9.2. And like clockwork, Apple delivered.
In January, Apple confirmed an iOS 9.3 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 9.3 the latest in a series of iOS 9 upgrades for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and it instantly becomes the most exciting iOS 9 update in Apple’s pipeline.
Now that the iOS 9.3 update is confirmed, we want to take a look at some of the most important details to know, right now, about the iOS 9.3 upgrade.
With a release still in the shadows some of these things are bound to change but this roundup will give you a solid look at the early state of the iOS 9.3 update, the iOS 9.3 release date, the iOS 9.3 jailbreak, and some other details that should be on your radar as we inch toward the update’s release.
iOS 9.3 vs. iOS 9.2.1
The iOS 9.3 update is a big one and it’s going to be much larger than Apple’s current iOS 9.2.1 update. We expect iOS 9.3 to feature bug fixes and security patches but its change log should come with a lot more than that.
Thanks to the iOS 9.3 beta, we have a solid read on many of the features coming in Apple’s next milestone upgrade for iOS 9.
Among them, a new Night Shift feature that promises more sleep, Education features for iPad, some improvements to 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, improved Apple Watch support, and more.
We’ve put together a detailed walkthrough that compares iOS 9.2.1 and iOS 9.2 to the iOS 9.3 update. If you aren’t planning to try early version of iOS 9.3, you’ll want to give that a glance so that you’re prepared for the changes coming with the upgrade.
We could see Apple add and remove features during the iOS 9.3 beta process so you’ll want to monitor the testing process as it pushes forward.
Performance Enhancements Possible
Developers combing over the iOS 9.3 beta have found some performance improvements.
The first version of the iOS 9.3 beta arrived with some notable performance improvements for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 5 and iPad Air.
According to testers, the iPhone 6s iOS 9.3 beta 1 featured “3D Touch improvements.” Specifically, menus pop out at a “smooth 60FPS.”
Developers also noted that Control Center lag is improved on the iPhone 5 (something we saw after the release of iOS 9.2) and that the “iPad Air received a lot of performance tweaks to animation rendering.”
Beta testers also said that “multitasking menu is much smoother, Spotlight doesn’t stutter anymore, Safari’s keyboard popup no longer skips animation, [and] opening and closing apps is smooth again.”
iOS 9.3 beta 2 is out for developers and the public and testers and we’ve heard that it’s holding up nicely on several devices including the iPhone 5.
Now that the iOS 9.3 beta 2 is available for the public, we should see more feedback emerge. Keep an eye out for it in the days ahead.
iPhone 6s Battery Percentage Bug
The iOS 9.2.1 update didn’t fix a lingering iPhone 6s battery percentage problem and iPhone 6s users are hopeful that the iOS 9.3 update (or an iOS 9.2.2 update) brings a solution.
Apple says that if “you change the time on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus manually or change time zones when traveling, you might notice that the battery percentage doesn’t update.” We’ve seen this issue and many others have as well.
There’s a manual fix but there isn’t a permanent fix. Apple says that it’s working on a fix so it’s possible that one will come with the iOS 9.3 release.
How to Try Night Shift Without the iOS 9.3 Beta
One of the more notable iOS 9.3 features is Night Shift.
When iOS 9.3 arrives, iPhone users will be able to enable Night Shift. With Night Shift enabled, your iPhone display will start using warmer colors at night time. This is supposed to help you get a better night’s sleep.
During the day, the iPhone will revert back to the normal, more natural looking colors that you’ve grown accustomed to. It’s a neat feature and it’s one that you can try right now without using the early version of iOS 9.3.
Night Shift is very similar to a popular third-party app for Mac called F.lux. The app does what Night Shift does on the Mac and it’s an app worth trying if you find that you’re up working late at night on your iMac or laptop.
F.lux isn’t available on the App Store. Apple pulled it. However, you can still get F.lux on your Mac if you head on over to the company’s website. Give it a try. It’ll help you get familar with Night Shift and who knows, maybe it’ll help your sleeping habits.
iOS 9.3 Features Won’t Come to Everyone
Night Shift might not come to every single iPhone and iPad capable of making the jump up to the iOS 9.3 update.
Older iPhone and iPad models using 32-bit processors will get iOS 9.3 but they might not get the Night Shift feature when the update arrives. The list of devices that fall under this umbrella is a long one.
If this holds the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 4s, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, the original iPad mini, and the 5th-generation iPod Touch won’t get Night Shift.
If that happens, the only way to get it will be via a jailbreak. Moving on.