iOS 9.3 – Night Shift Supported Devices

With the release of iOS 9.3 download , Apple has provided us with some not insignificant improvements. Instead of being one of the usual updates that fixes bugs, and enhances security and performance, iOS 9.3 actually contained some new features that are designed to up the iOS game a little. One of the new features is called Night Shift.

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What is Night Shift ?

Night Shift works to move the colors displayed on the retina screens to the warmer end of the color spectrum, depending on where you are located and what time of day it is. Basically, the colors will turn more yellow in the dark hours, producing less glare on the screen and, some say, making it easier for you to sleep if you make a habit of looking at your iPhone or iPad last thing at night.

How to Enable Night Shift :

To find Night Shift and switch it on:

  1. Open your Settings app
  2. Tap on Display and Brightness night_shift_settings
  3. The Night Shift feature can be found in this menunight_shift_settings2

From here, you can enable the feature manually or you can set a time for it to come on. You can also make adjustments to the yellow and orange tones, with a slider that lets you choose between Less Warm and More warm.

The Night Shift effect is not all that subtle when it comes on. At about sunset, your iOS device screen will face down to a warmer color, making it much easier to look at without the eye strain that goes with the normal glare. So, can all iOS devices run Night Shift ?

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Compatible iOS Devices :

It would be natural to assume that, if you can update to iOS 9.3, you can use Night Shift. Usually, that would be true but it isn’t unheard of for Apple to introduce new features that will only work on newer or certain hardware, even if that hardware is said to be compatible with the feature. Night Shift is one of those features, and will not work on any older 32-bit iOS device.

The devices that are compatible are:

  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPod Touch 6th Generation
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 4
  • iPad Pro – 9.7 inch
  • iPad Pro – 12.9 inch

If your device is not on the list above, you will not be able to use Night Shift, simply because Apple doesn’t consider the hardware to be capable of running the feature while maintaining a high level of performance.

Many users will already be used to a similar feature with a jailbreak tweak called f.lux. Apple would never allow this app to be available in the app store because of the fact that it changes the way iOS performs but, clearly, and as seems to be the norm, they have taken the idea and used it in one of their own features.

Have you tried Night Shift yet ? What do you think of it ?

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