17 iOS 9.3 tips

17 iOS 9.3 tips to make the most out of Ap­ple’s lat­est up­date

iPad&iPhone user - - CONTENTS -

1. Night Shift

The big­gest new fea­ture in iOS 9.3 is “Night Shift,” a dis­play mode that warms up your screen so that the iPhone’s stark blue light doesn’t keep you up at night (blue light emis­sions have been linked to sleep de­pri­va­tion is­sues). You can set Night Shift to turn on au­to­mat­i­cally at sun­set if you go into your Set­tings un­der Dis­play & Bright­ness. You can also sched­ule it to turn on dur­ing a spe­cific time and even ad­just the warm­ness of the light.

Ad­di­tion­ally, you can turn Night Shift on and off with a new icon in the Con­trol Cen­ter. You should note that Night Shift doesn’t work if your de­vice is in Low Power Mode.

2. Pass­word-pro­tec­tion in Notes

With iOS 9.3, you can keep all your most pri­vate Notes un­der lock. First, cre­ate a Notes-spe­cific

pass­word by go­ing to Set­tings > Notes > Pass­word. Here, you’ll also get the chance to use Touch ID to un­lock your Notes. Af­ter the pass­word is set, you will now be able to go to the Notes app and see the “Lock Note” op­tion by pulling up the Share sheet. Once you lock the note, how­ever, don’t for­get to ac­tu­ally click on the open lock icon next to the Share icon so that it’s closed. You’ll know for sure your note is locked when you see a mes­sage that looks like the im­age shown here.

The Notes app got a few other im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing sort­ing notes al­pha­bet­i­cally or by date cre­ated/edited, start­ing a New Sketch with a twofin­ger swipe left, and choos­ing whether photos and videos gets stored only in Notes and not added to Photos. Most no­tably, you can now eas­ily im­port from Ev­er­note: Sim­ply long-press on the Ev­er­note Ex­port file to im­port its contents into Notes.

3. Save still images from Live Photos

Live Photos are cool, but some­times the still im­age hap­pens to be just the per­fect shot. Now with iOS

9.3, you can get save the still im­age as­so­ci­ated with any Live Photo. When view­ing a Live Photo in Photos, pull up the Share sheet and hit Du­pli­cate. For the first time, you will have the op­tion to sim­ply du­pli­cate the still pic.

And iOS 9.3 lets you use Air­Drop and Mes­sages to share Live Photos be­tween iOS and OS X. An­other mi­nor tech­ni­cal up­date, Ap­ple’s re­lease notes for iOS 9.3 also re­veal an im­proved down­load per­for­mance for full-size photos and videos stored in iCloud Photo Li­brary.

4. iCloud se­cu­rity and stor­age fea­tures

iOS 9.3 helps to make sure that your iCloud ac­count never gets hacked, which is why you can now setup two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion – a more se­cure op­tion than two-step ver­i­fi­ca­tion, which is what Ap­ple was us­ing pre­vi­ously. Go to your iCloud set­tings and then se­lect ‘Pass­word & Se­cu­rity’ to find and en­able this new se­cu­rity fea­ture.

Also in iOS 9.3, iCloud sends you in-app no­ti­fi­ca­tions to let you know that you’re about to run out of stor­age space.

5. More cu­ra­tion in News

The News app gets more ed­i­to­rial cu­ra­tion in iOS 9.3. The For You tab gets a new “Top Sto­ries” sec­tion fea­tur­ing the most im­por­tant ar­ti­cles of the day. There’s also a new Ed­i­tors’ Picks sec­tion with chan­nels and top­ics se­lected by Ap­ple News ed­i­tors, which pre­sum­ably means more hu­man cu­ra­tion as sup­posed to some sort of al­go­rithm.

In ad­di­tion, the News app gets some Tin­derin­spired func­tion­al­i­ties on the iPhone. While

brows­ing the For You tab, you can swipe left on a story to share or save it. You can also swipe right for more op­tions. For You now has the abil­ity to play em­bed­ded videos di­rectly with­out hav­ing to open the ac­tual story. Lastly, you can read sto­ries and watch videos in land­scape mode and change the size of the text.

6. Most pop­u­lar songs in Ap­ple Mu­sic

With iOS 9.3, find­ing the hottest tracks in Ap­ple Mu­sic has never been eas­ier. Ev­ery al­bum in the Ap­ple Mu­sic cat­a­logue now has a star next to the most pop­u­lar songs, so you can lis­ten to the hits first be­fore com­mit­ting to down­load­ing an en­tire al­bum.

In ad­di­tion, Ap­ple Mu­sic now lets you add songs from the cat­a­logue to any playlist with­out hav­ing to add them first to your li­brary. When a track is Now Play­ing, you can tap the song name to go to the full al­bum. In the Ra­dio tab, you can quickly check what song is play­ing on Beats 1 with­out hav­ing to tune in. For iPad users, Ap­ple Mu­sic now lets you watch mu­sic videos in full screen.

7. Mul­ti­ple tran­sit routes in Maps

The Maps up­date in iOS 9.3 is sub­tle but es­sen­tial for peo­ple who rely on mass tran­sit ev­ery­day. Maps now shows you if there are mul­ti­ple tran­sit lines that you can take to get to your des­ti­na­tion. In ad­di­tion, you can tap each in­di­vid­ual tran­sit stop along the way to get more in­for­ma­tion, like which lines it serves.

8. Ap­ple Pen­cil sup­port in iBooks

For iPad Pro users, iBooks in iOS 9.3 sup­ports the Ap­ple Pen­cil, so you can use it to high­light and save your fa­vorite pas­sages.

iOS 9.3 also gives iBooks the abil­ity to store your PDFs in iCloud so that they are avail­able across your de­vices. You can also down­load pre­vi­ously pur­chased au­dio­books from the iBooks Store, and add th­ese au­dio­book pur­chases to your Fam­ily Share.

In ad­di­tion, fans of Manga are now able to bet­ter read their fa­vorite is­sues on iBooks with iOS 9.3. The up­date makes Manga pages turn faster, and it’s eas­ier for read­ers to en­large the pages to read the text close up.

9. Bet­ter in­te­grated Health fea­tures

The Health app keeps get­ting bet­ter, and iOS 9.3 adds a bevy of new im­prove­ments. For starters, you can now ac­cess your Med­i­cal ID and Dash­board di­rectly from the Home­screen with 3D Touch Quick Ac­tions – if you have an iPhone 6s or 6 Plus.

The Health dash­board now in­cor­po­rates all types of Ac­tiv­ity app data col­lected by the Ap­ple Watch, in­clud­ing how fre­quently you move, ex­er­cise,

and take your stand-up breaks. In ad­di­tion, the Health app also sup­ports more third-party data through HealthKit.

10. New Class­room app for Ed­u­ca­tion

Ap­ple’s Ed­u­ca­tion soft­ware gets a se­ri­ous boost in iOS 9.3. It ush­ers in com­pat­i­bil­ity for the brand-new Class­room app, which gives teach­ers the abil­ity to check in to their stu­dents’ iPads.

iOS 9.3 also brings a Shared iPad func­tion­al­ity so that mul­ti­ple stu­dents can use the same iPad. Teach­ers can sign into iCloud with Man­aged Ap­ple IDs, hide spe­cific apps from the Home­screen, as well as set up new re­stric­tions in iCloud Photo Li­brary and Ap­ple Mu­sic.

11. More ro­bust app fea­tures in CarPlay

CarPlay gets more ro­bust app in­te­gra­tions in iOS 9.3. For ex­am­ple, Maps has a new Nearby screen so you can quickly find food, gas, cof­fee, and park­ing. For Ap­ple Mu­sic mem­bers, you now have ac­cess to For You and New sec­tions.

In ad­di­tion, Siri now speaks more con­cisely when read­ing back and com­pos­ing mes­sages, ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple’s iOS 9.3 re­lease notes. And the sound lev­els are now bet­ter equal­ized if you’re lis­ten­ing be­tween dif­fer­ent au­dio sources.

12. New func­tions when us­ing a key­board

Af­ter the re­cent launch of the 9.7in iPad Pro, Ap­ple is mak­ing ex­ter­nal key­board in­te­gra­tions a lot bet­ter for all iOS de­vices. iOS 9.3 en­ables you to be able to use the ar­row keys on a hard­ware key­board to go through lists in Spot­light, Mail, and Sa­fari. The func­tion to scroll in Sa­fari us­ing the space bar has got­ten bet­ter, and this func­tion­al­ity is also avail­able in Mail. The Short­cut Bar also has a new com­mand to bring up the soft­ware key­board when an ex­ter­nal key­board is con­nected.

13. Wal­let and Ap­ple Pay up­dates

In iOS 9.3, the Wal­let app now shows you which in­stalled app is as­so­ci­ated with a cer­tain card or pass. For ex­am­ple, in the slide shown here, you can see a new Chase app icon at the very bot­tom of the screen that’s as­so­ci­ated with the card linked to

Ap­ple Pay. Tap­ping on the in­for­ma­tion but­ton takes you to see all the trans­ac­tions made with the card and has the op­tion to open the Chase app.

14. Full-screen video sup­port in Pod­casts

Ap­par­ently, some pod­casts have a video com­po­nent to them. So in iOS 9.3, the Pod­casts app now sup­ports full-screen video play­back. Like in other video apps, sim­ply turn your de­vice hor­i­zon­tally to watch the video part in full-screen.

15. New Work­outs tab in Ac­tiv­ity

If you have an Ap­ple Watch, iOS 9.3 gives you a more thor­ough break­down of all your work­outs. The new Work­outs tab shows you a monthly sum­mary, show­ing ev­ery time you launched a Work­out on your Watch. You can also fil­ter by Work­out type, such as run­ning or stair-step­ping.

In ad­di­tion, other third-party apps now have ac­cess to add to your Ac­tiv­ity rings via HealthKit.

16. App sug­ges­tions in Move to iOS

Switch­ing from An­droid to iOS is even eas­ier with iOS 9.3. Ap­ple’s Move to iOS app now of­fers app sug­ges­tions based on apps in­stalled on your pre­vi­ous An­droid de­vice.

17. Siri learns 3 new lan­guages

In iOS 9.3, Siri now has lan­guage sup­port for Fin­nish (Fin­land), He­brew (Is­rael), and Malay (Malaysia). How­ever, if you’re an Ap­ple Watch wearer who has not up­dated to watchOS 2.2, you’re go­ing to need to do so in or­der to set th­ese lan­guages on the Watch.

Os­car Ray­mundo

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