Apple’s iOS 9.3 beta was seeded to developers and Public Beta program participants last week with some pretty big changes to the mobile operating system. One of the flagship features of the release is the f.lux-like Night Shift mode that will change the display’s color temperature depending on the time of day to make using the device easier on the eyes at late evening and night hours.
First pointed out by reddit user nickjosephson and being displayed as of this writing on Apple’s Canada-based preview page for iOS 9.3 is a screenshot depicting an iPad with a Control Center toggle button for toggling Night Shift on and off conditionally, a feature not previously known about until today.
For what it’s worth, the United States’ preview page for iOS 9.3 doesn’t show the same screenshot, and it’s enough to make one wonder if the display of this screenshot on the Canada web page was accidental or intentional.
Since the feature isn’t yet available in the first iOS 9.3 beta, one can only speculate at this point in time, but it would seem as though the feature is turned on or off similarly to Do Not Disturb in that you can enable the feature indefinitely to use day after day, or you can enable the feature until a certain period of time, after which it will be turned back off.
The toggle switch comes with the following options:
- Turn on for now
- Turn on until tomorrow
It’s likely that this Night Shift Control Center toggle will be baked into a future beta seed of iOS 9.3 since it’s not in the first beta at this point in time, but what’s not known is how they’ll integrate it into the much smaller Control Center interface of iPhone and iPod touch, which have significantly less canvas space to take advantage of. Perhaps replacing that Rotation Lock toggle button?
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