Apple released iOS 9.3 on March 21, 2016 – another update for the iPhone & iPad operating system. Below are 6 new features you don’t want to miss!
1. Night Shift
“Many studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. Night Shift uses your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location, then it automatically shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum. In the morning, it returns the display to its regular settings. Pleasant dreams.”
To turn on Night Shift and adjust the time and color temperature, click on Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift.
2. Notes password protection
Your Notes can be individually password or Touch ID protected – great if you want to save and easily access personal information.
To password protect a note
- Select a note you would like to protect with a password or Touch ID.
- Tap the share button (square with arrow) in the upper-right hand corner.
- Tap the Lock Note icon.
- The first time you add a password, enter a password and a password hint. If you wish to use Touch ID in addition to a password, leave the switch in the On position.
- Tap the lock to hide the contents of your locked notes.
To change or reset the Notes password, go to Settings > Notes > Password.
3. The iPad keyboard works like a trackpad
- To move the cursor: Place two fingers anywhere on the keyboard until the keyboard turns gray. Then move your fingers to move the cursor around.
- Tap to select text: To select a word, tap once with two fingers. To select a sentence, double-tap with two fingers. To select a paragraph, tap three times with two fingers.
- Touch and hold on screen to select and change text: cut, copy, paste, BIU, Define, Share, etc. Touch and hold (or double tap) your screen with one finger until you see two drag points. The drag points put you in select mode. From here, move your fingers to move the circles—this will let you select certain portions of text, like part of a sentence.
4. Multitasking: Slide Over
Slide Over lets you interact with a second app without leaving the app you’re currently using. You can quickly check your text messages, respond to emails, or create a note. Just swipe to the left from the middle, right edge of the screen to see your previously used app.To switch the side app that you’re using, swipe down from the top, right side of the screen. You’ll see a list of your apps. Tap one to use it. When you’re done, slide from left to right on the app to return to the previous app.
You can use Slide Over with iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 2 or later.
5. Multitasking: Split View
With Split View, you can open and use two apps at the same time. Open an app, then tap or drag the app divider to start using both apps. Slide down from the top of the screen to change the app on the right. If you want to close one of the apps, slide the divider over the app that you want to close.
You can use Split View with multiple apps, like Safari, Notes, Photos, Calendar, and more. Split View isn’t available with all apps.
You can use Split View with iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 4.
6. Multitasking: Picture in Picture.
With Picture in Picture, you can do things like respond to an email while watching a TV show. If you’re using FaceTime or watching a movie, press the Home button and the video screen will scale down to a corner of your display. Then you can open a second app and the video will continue to play.
To move the video, drag it to another corner. To return the video to full screen, tap the video, then tap the full-screen icon.
You can use Picture in Picture with iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 2 or later.