Apple iOS 9.3: all new features

Apple iOS 9.3: all new features

iOS 9.3 is now out in the typical for Apple style: the update was made available on the very same day it was officially announced, on March 21st.

If you have an iPhone 4s or later, iPad 2 or newer, iPad mini 1st gen or later, or iPod Touch 5th gen onwards, you should have already received the update. If you have one of these devices and still haven't received the iOS 9.3 update, you might want to go into Settings > General > Software Update to manually check and see if you can install it. Older devices are not compatible with this latest update.

Once you have iOS 9.3 installed, you might be wondering: what are all the new features that it brings? We sum them all up here starting with the most prominent new one: Night Shift. Keep in mind that while the new features in iOS 9.3 will be available on all compatible phones, Night Shift requires you to have iPhone 5s or newer.

1. Night Shift

A bluelight filter

With a new handy button in the Control Center and the option to schedule Night Shift to automatically change the color of your display depending on the time of day (Go into Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift to tweak it), this is like having f.lux on steroids. It's great. The whole idea of Night Shift is to allow you to tweak your screen to strip off the blue light that is scientifically proven to interfere with your ability to fall asleep. By shifting colors to the red end of the spectrum, Night Shift allows you to use your phone in bed without worrying that you won't be able to fall asleep in the next half an hour.

Apple iOS 9.3: all new features

2. Education for iPad

Multiple users, cool sync

For iPad used in a classroom, it can now be set to support multiple user, so it's no longer required that one iPad belongs to one student. With the new 'Classroom' and 'Apple School Manager' progress for each user can be easily synced and teachers can mass-control all iPads in a classroom from their master device.

Apple iOS 9.3: all new features

3. Pair multiple Apple Watches with a single iOS device

Useful for developers and... Flavor Flaaaav!

With iOS 9.3, you can now pair multiple Apple Watches with a single iOS device, an option that will be particularly useful for developers. Note that in order for this to work the Apple Watches have to be on the latest watchOS 2.2 version.

Apple iOS 9.3: all new features

4. Extract regular photos from a Live Photo

Saves you precious space

Once you start shooting Live Photos, you might get hooked up: the feature is really cool. However, admittedly, you want it for a small number of photos and definitely not for all images. Still, you might turn it on and leave it there, so that Live Photos pile up and those take quite a lot of space that can easily pile up. This is quite the pain on the 16GB iPhone models. With iOS 9.3, you can now extract the regular photo out of the Live Photo, so it takes up less space. You do this by going into an image, tapping edit, and then disabling the blue live photos icon in the top left corner. Unfortunately, there is no way to do this for multiple images at once, so you'll have to do it for individual pictures, one by one.

Apple iOS 9.3: all new features

5. Password-protected Notes

Protect your private notes

A neat new option in the Notes application is to make some notes password protected and not visible to people who don't have your fingerprint or code. How do you password-protect a particular note? Tap on the note and then in the top right corner, tap on the share button and you will see the option to 'Lock Note'. Locked notes still appear in the Notes app, but you can only see the title, and not the content. Ah, now if only had the same option for images and videos!

Apple iOS 9.3: all new features

6. 3D Touch works with more apps


You can now use 3D Touch Quick actions with the Weather, Compass, App Store, iTunes Store and Health as well as Settings apps. In the latter, a 3D Touch gives you quick access to WiFi and Bluetooth, which is quite the time saver.

Apple iOS 9.3: all new features

7. Apple Health


Improved Apple Health app

Improved Apple Health app

Apple Health is another app that gets new features that now make it a much closer match to the Activity app, so it can show Apple Watch Activity stats including Move calories, Exercise minutes and Stand hours. Plus, the app will now suggest you fitness apps that you should try.

8. Verizon Wi-Fi calling

9. Landscape mode for Apple News

10. Podcasts finally get full-screen video support

11. In iBooks, PDFs and eBooks that are manually added by the user now sync with iCloud

12. A bunch of bug fixes (full iOS 9.3 change log can be found here).

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26 Comments

1. MrMiyagi

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

"A bunch of bug fixes' Most Consistent feature in all iOS updates.

8. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Better than no updates.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Nope, in the case of iOS, probably better without the update. Just ask all those crippled iOS device users who bought their device before 2015.

11. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Yep. All my products work just fine. You can't expect a 4s to keep up perfectly anymore. You're probably just used buying new hardware to get updates.

17. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

If the 4S cant keep up why update it to make it worst then? See the point? better leave it with no update than break it even more.

26. rohitkalra90

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

iPhone 4s performance was fixed with iOS 9.2.1. Yes its slower but doesn't stutter or lag. iOS 9.3 makes things even smoother especially the control center.

22. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

#3. Pair multiple Apple Watches with a single iOS device: best picture ever! Here's another you could have put there: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File%3aRed_army_soldiers_raising_the_soviet_flag_on_the_roof_of_the_reichstag_with_two_Watchs.jpg

2. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Boring

5. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Just like your comments...

6. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

you mad bro ?

12. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Didn't sound mad.

3. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Night shift is basically a f.lux rip-off. And it's been around for seven years. Shame on you Apple for pretending that this Night Shift is an original feature.

4. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

All features taken from Android. Why do Apple fans and users need these gimmicks? Apple said these are gimmicks and useless....? Next they will add Adobe Flash. Lmfao. Why not just be happy with iOs7? Plain basic and simple .

13. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

they both rip from each other. Touchwiz especially ripped more from devs and custom roms too.

15. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

It doesn't matter. They are all Android Oems. Even Symbian is part of Linux. Just leaves Unix apart to iOS. No they don't. iOs ripped from Symbian.

7. MSi_GS70 unregistered

absolutely NOTHING on ipad mini 2 these pathetic mentioned features ??T? yawning sleeping..

10. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

Lol android haters be hating on Apple for pushing out updates yet their phones are still running the crappy lollipop from 2014.

14. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Actually I think it's still kitkat.

23. saif2711

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Lol..here in India upto 50% chinese made devices are jelly bean.

16. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Even ios9 is not comparable to Android 2.3.

18. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

At least its stable and dont need 20 bugfix updates.. Also Google update all the API directly so you can still run all apps whitout issue. Cant say the same for lets say ios 7 device...

20. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

*trynna come up with excuses thay updates are bad*

19. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

I use Android N (Preview)

21. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

Not everyone has a nexus uk

25. aleant36

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

But a lot off these updates are stand alone google apps in the play store, like classroom, keep (notes), health app, wear (smartwatch app). They get updated separately. By the time the next iOS update is release these apps have already been updated at least 3 times since the previous iOS release.

24. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3092; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Will it jailbreak?

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