The iOS 9.3 release is getting closer but many of the important details are still shrouded in mystery. While we wait for more information from Apple, we want to take a look at what we expect, and don’t expect, from the iOS 9.3 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
In January, Apple trotted out a brand new iOS 9 update called iOS 9.3. Like iOS 9.2, iOS 9.3 is going to be a milestone update for Apple’s operating system and as such, it’s going to deliver some big upgrades to owners of the iPhone and iPad.
Thanks to the iOS 9.3 beta, we already know a lot about the update itself. Apple’s loaded it up with new features including Night Shift, improvements to 3D touch for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and tweaks to core apps including Notes and Health.
While we know quite a bit about the iOS 9.3 update, we still don’t have any official iOS 9.3 release date details. We do have our suspicions though.
With a lot of questions swirling around the iOS 9.3 update and its release date, we want to do our best to explain what to expect and what not to expect from the next major iOS 9 update for Apple’s mobile devices.
These predictions should help you set appropriate expectations for the iOS 9.3 update’s release for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Don't Expect Night Shift for Every Device
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Don't expect one of the best iOS 9.3 features to come for everyone.
The iOS 9.3 beta arrived with a brand new feature called Night Shift on board. Night Shift is similar to F.lux for Mac in that it adjusts blue light coming from your display in an attempt to help you get better sleep. Unlike F.lux, Night Shift is for the iPhone. But not just any iPhone it seems.
It looks like Night Shift will only come to select iPhone models. More specifically, it's not expected to work on iOS devices that have older, 32-bit processors. That list includes the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 4s, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, the original iPad mini, and the 5th-generation iPod Touch.
Don't expect this to change between now and the public release of iOS 9.3.