iOS 9.3 Night Shift mode teaser 001

Along with the latest betas of watchOS, tvOS and OS X, Apple yesterday seeded a fifth beta of the upcoming iOS 9.3 software update to its registered developers. The new beta appears to pack in a few interesting changes as Apple continues to refine the experience ahead of the software’s public release.

Night Shift mode, one of the headline new features in iOS 9.3, has been tweaked again in the latest beta and now permits users to manually enable the feature until tomorrow within Settings, and the feature is now automatically disabled in Low Power Mode.

Available in Settings → Display & Brightness → Night Shift section, there’s a new switch labeled “Manually Enable Until Tomorrow” which does just that. In addition, Night Shift mode is now disabled when your iPhone is in Low Power Mode, which will grey out Night Shift toggles in Control Center and Settings.

In prior beta, enabling Low Power Mode automatically disabled Night Shift Mode to preserve the battery, but you could still manually re-enable Night Shift Mode. In beta 5, Night Shift Mode can no longer be used when the iPhone is in Low Power Mode.

iOS 9.3 beta 5 Night Shift mode enable until tomorrow

In addition, tapping the Night Shift icon in Control Center now brings up a dialog with the option to turn the feature on until specific time. The exact cut-off time when iOS will disable Night Shift Mode is based on your custom schedule: sunset, sunrise or a specific time.

iOS 9.3 beta 5 Night Shift mode enable until tomorrow iPod touch screenshot 001

Previously, toggling the Night Shift Mode switch in Control Center gave you different choices: Turn On For Now and Turn On Until Tomorrow. And as evidenced on the screenshot below, which was taken on an iPhone running iOS 9.3 beta 4, the option to enable Night Shift Mode until tomorrow in Settings wasn’t present in prior iOS 9.3 betas.


As you can see, Apple’s also refined design of the Color Temperature slider, which no longer has the blue and orange dot next to the Cooler and Warmer thresholds and now reads “Less Warm” and “More Warm” instead of “Cooler” and “Warmer” like before.

Finally, the feature’s description has changed so iOS now informs you that “warmer temperatures can reduce eye strain” whereas the wording in beta 4 simply stated that ”warmer settings may affect the appearance of onscreen motion”.

  • Zach Krase

    Public beta 4 does this as well.

  • Martynet

    I’m still surprised that apple adopted this “tweak”. I used the flux for couple of weeks and in the end I just found the yellow colour tone a bit annoying. I think if they swap the night shift control centre switch for mobile data switch, it would make more people happy. Or even better, just let us customise the control centre.

    • Rupinder

      To each his own. I prefer the night shift toggle because I have no use for a mobile data switch.

      • Gregg

        Like when you’re at home and you want to use your Wi-Fi instead of cellular data?

      • it automatically switches to wifi bruh

      • Rupinder

        Then I use the wifi toggle.

      • Gregg

        Ok, I get it. But even if your wifi is on when your cellular data is on, won’t it use cellular data anyway, if the wifi connection is “weak” or “poor”? You could still run into data charges, couldn’t you? That’s what happened to me with my first iPhone 3G – my carrier called me and said I had $3,500 in data charges… I nearly fainted…

        So, the question is: does active wifi make cellular data completely inactive?

  • :D

    Does it use up more power?

  • edwilk55

    This sux. I love night shift as flux was one of the first jailbreak tweaks I would install, but why would they disable it if on low power? Surly it doesn’t use “that” much power to enable? If it does, they need to fix that, not disable the option. My .02.

  • xoFoxtail

    Beta 4 did this too, was annoying because when you charge it back up, automatic Night Shift completely turned off in the settings. Maybe they fixed that this time.

  • Martin 

    For me beta 5 finally solved problem with lack of notifications from whatsapp and viber on my Apple Watch. It was really annoying to not receive them 🙂

  • Hotrod

    It makes sense to think that night shift would conserve power….hmmmm

    • Sailor_V90

      That’s what I was thinking.

    • edwilk55


  • englishmike

    I wish Apple kept Night Shift the same as it was in Beta 1 and 2. You can make it as “dark” now when set to warmest setting.

  • Rodney Coleman

    And?? Who cares

    • Gregg

      Precisely. Picking apart every change in wording and every silly little tweak in settings – nothing else to write about…

    • iPhoneWINS

      bored apple fans

  • Jerry

    Safe to assume 9.3 is staying beta until iPhone 7?

    • Bradley Hines

      No this is only temporary, when apple releases the iPhone SE and whatever else is released this month then they’ll release 9.3. iPhone 7 will be shipped with ios 10.

      • Can’t wait for the big changes that are going come with iOS 10. Or see what features they leave out of the 6S and 6S Plus just to keep the 7 separate.

      • iPhoneWINS

        odont get your hopes up

      • Oh sorry the first sentence was me being sarcastic lol.

      • Nolan I.

        I’m predicting a massive redesign. Think iOS 6 -> iOS 7 size.

      • iPhoneWINS

        then 10.2 will be released to kill the jailbreak

    • iPhoneWINS


  • Bluerose

    I just downloaded IOS 9.3 Beta so i could use this feature, but there are no new controls in the Brightness and Display settings. Can anyone help?