iOS 9.3 preview: Night Shift, 3D Touch, Notes improvements, and more [video + screenshots]

By , Jan 11, 2016

iOS 9.3 beta walkthrough

We’ve put together an in-depth video showcasing many of the new iOS 9.3 beta 1 features. I think it’s safe to say that this release packs in many more features for a minor version release than we’re used to. In this video, we showcase the new Touch ID security option for the Notes app, the new quick action 3D Touch shortcuts, updated News app features, multiple Apple Watch pairing ability, and much more.

Features mentioned

Notes app security

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Individual notes can now be secured with Touch ID.

New Notes app Settings

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You can now sort notes, and save media from Notes to the Photo library.

Photos app Duplicate as Still Photo

Duplicate Live Photos

You can duplicate a Live Photo as a high quality Still Photo.

Health app now features Activity data

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Apple Watch activity data now resides inside of the Health app.

Night Shift mode

Blue Light Reduction Night Shift

Apple Sherlocked f.lux by incorporating a new “Night Shift” mode into iOS 9.3.

Wallet app shortcuts

Wallet app iOS 9.3 shortcut

Wallet items now feature shortcuts to corresponding apps.

Configuration Profiles for developers

Configuration Profile iOS 9.3

Developers can now install betas directly without iTunes.

News app updates

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You can now use the News app in landscape mode on iPhone, and play videos inline.

Multiple Apple Watch pairings

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You can now pair more than one Apple Watch with an iPhone.

New 3D Touch Quick Action shortcuts

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Tons of new Quick Action shortcuts have been added for stock applications.

iCloud for iBooks

iCloud for iBooks

PDFs now sync via iCloud in iBooks.

CarPlay improvements

iOS 9.3 CarPlay teaser 001

New CarPlay features include enhanced For You and New sections in Apple Music, and a new nearby feature in the Maps app brings better POI support to CarPlay.

New education features

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In the future, Apple will make a new Multi User feature and a new My Classroom app available to schools.

What’s your favorite new feature? Drop us a line in the comments below.

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  • David J Delgado

    The f.lux like feature is my favorite and I went to 9.3b1 simple for that.

    • Saad Arshad

      how did you get ios 9.3 beta 1 because i want that too.

  • Now we know why Apple told F.lux to stop distributing their app. Apple wanted to pinch the feature for themselves!

  • MacGuru96

    I’d really appreciate it if Apple would finally make the Do Not Disturb feature more customisable, such as allowing for multiple schedules.

    It may sound silly, but I switched from an iPhone 6s to a Nexus 5X a couple months ago expressly because I was tired of my phone constantly almost going off in my uni classes (because I had DnD scheduled for night time), and having to manually switch it on and off that often is just silly.

    • James G

      I hear you on the DND multiple schedule feature.

    • Sandeep Roy

      +1

    • Lance Baker

      Putting your phone on vibrate wasn’t an option?

  • Phil Randle

    I installed for the f.lux style feature, but I’m really happy I did, the performance on both my 6S Plus and iPad Pro is outstanding, far above what I was getting on 9.2. Very stable.

  • ANOOB ASHRAF

    so excited about the notes features

  • James G

    Wondering about the betas stability. These features look great! Been itching for a 3D Touch shortcut for App Store updates since I got the 6s+

    • 5723alex .

      So far with all the betas (still on 9.2.1b2) never had stability, battery,… problems with iPhone 6, 6s Plus, iPad mini original.

    • Lucus Bendzsa

      Better battery life;

  • EduHH

    I think in 9.3 I almost don’t need Jailbreak anymore. f.lux feature is great!

    • f96lrs

      always need JB

  • marco v berlo

    3D touch support in control center and it’s complete

  • ravinigga

    Nice to see Apple USe jailbreak tweaks.
    I hope they see jailbreak is a important part is iOS and features of the os

    • Sandeep Roy

      and also give credit where it’s due…

  • Sandeep Roy

    So rip-off f.lux ! OKAY ! No credits – That’s really bad Apple !

    • Swanny246

      Although the idea most certainly would have been inspired by F.lux, doesn’t necessarily mean anything was stolen. Apps on Android (such as Twilight) have also achieved the same features as F.lux.

  • tariq

    Jailbreak still necessary.. I need activator!!

  • Faisal

    If only Settings 3D touch shortcuts had Cellular Data instead of Set Wallpaper.

  • khabu

    they should’ve add cellular instead of set wallpaper

  • :D

    I wouldn’t call it the share icon anymore – it’s been more like an action icon or extensions button since iOS 7

  • Gabriel Schwartz

    Task switch using force 3D already works in 9.2

  • Hotrod

    When you invoke the app switcher from the left side of the screen you already get haptic feedback how is that new?

    • Merman123

      Yeah that’s been there since day one of 3D Touch.