Public beta testers: iOS 9.3 beta 2 and OS X 10.11.4 now available

By , Jan 27, 2016

iOS 9.3 night shift toggle control center

Two days after seeding OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan beta 2 and iOS 9.3 beta 2 to members of the Apple Developer Program, public beta testers who are signed on the Apple Beta Software Program can now freely deploy these new beta builds on their Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

iOS 9.3 beta 2 is available as an over-the-air update in Settings → General → Software Update on enrolled devices. OS X 10.11.4 beta 2 can be downloaded through the Mac App Store’s Purchased tab for those who are enrolled in Apple’s beta testing program.

As Jeff highlighted, iOS 9.3 includes several new features such as Night Shift, secure Notes, new 3D Touch actions and more.

New in 9.3 beta 2 is the addition of a Night Shift toggle in Control Center. You can simply toggle the mode on and off, or choose to have it stay on until the next day.

iOS 9.3 beta 2 also brings a redesigned Night Shift settings panel in the Settings app and a new Add Playlist Songs to My Music toggle in Music settings, while removing the useless Set Wallpaper option from Settings app’s Quick Action menu.

More information about iOS 9.3 can be found on Apple’s website.

OS X 10.11.4 beta 2 focuses on compatibility improvements in iBooks, Messages, Notes and Photos. After it releases in March, the fourth major update to El Capitan will enable viewing and sharing of Live Photos through iMessage in the Message app and support for protecting notes in the Notes app with a password.

iOS 9.3 will also allow iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners to protect their notes with a password or Touch ID.

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  • andyr354

    Delta updates for public beta testers instead of full install patches! Finally.

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Hmm. One of the things I liked about public betas is the full patch. I guess full patches have less issues and they the next best thing after resetting the device, but this is only a guess and I have no proof.

  • iPhoneWINS

    jailbreak time

  • They should add 3D touch to the top bar on the screen. Could just 3D touch the battery icon to see a % or what is connected additionally through bluetooth. Could 3D touch your carrier name to bring up a menu for airplane mode or switch to LTE. Super easy to add, instead of just 3D touching icons on the home screen.

    • Jackson Grong

      Just like Touch ID needed a year, it will probably reach pull potential in iOS 10 or 11.

    • iByron

      That’s what the Feedback app is for. Let ’em know!

  • Isaiah Hunter

    It won’t pop up for me?

    • That’s what she said.

  • Stuart Doherty

    Then borrows the ideas that he likes lol

  • Sailor_V90

    Does anyone know what devices will support ‘Night Shift’?

    • Z33STUDIOS

      I just updated hoping to have the feature but it doesn’t seem to be on iPhone 4s.

      • Tarek Al Shawi

        it needs 64-bit proccecor

      • Sailor_V90

        So it’s safe to assume that all devices that have a 64-bit processor will be able to run the new features then…

      • Sailor_V90


  • Nolan I.

    I’m not so sure about the placement of the Night Shift icon on the iPad control center. Makes the brightness slider way too small.

    They should put it with the timer and camera toggles.

  • ProllyWild

    I never took many videos on 9.2 so I don’t recall if this is an old feature or not…but has anyone else seen the camera button that appears while you take videos on the iPhone 6s Plus? On the beta this button allows you to take still photos while the video records. I don’t see this button on the iPad mini or iPad pro however….