“We believe strongly that we have a responsibility to help you protect your data and protect your privacy,” he said. “We will not shrink from that responsibility.” Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the announcement with a brief statement about its ongoing battle against the FBI regarding the San Bernardino iPhone case. What ensued was the launch of a micro iPhone ( called iPhone SE of 4 inches ) – With Apple’s vaunted A9 chip, which is supposedly much faster than Apple’s previous attempt at an entry-level phone, launched in 2013.
Like the iPhone 6s, the iPhone SE will be able to take pictures at 12 megapixels. It will also work with Apple Pay, the company’s digital wallet. The phone will come in four colour options- silver, gold, space grey and rose gold.
And then came the much anticipated iOS update – 9.3. And the coolest features are here:
A. NightShift For Your Eyes Only :
Apple’s new Night Shift mode eliminates blue light from your display for better use while reading in darker environments. Apple says using Night Shift will help your circadian rhythms, and help you get better sleep.
It uses geolocation to identify where you are (and what time of day it is), and automatically alters your screen’s color temperature. At night, the screen will appear ‘warmer’ with yellows, and back to normal as night gives way to sunshine.
B. News And Notes For The Busy You :
Apple’s Notes app is a bit more secure, now. You’ll be able to hide notes behind Touch ID, which Apple thinks will encourage more users to entrust personal data to the app. Notes can also be sorted by date, time created or alphabetically.
The News app is getting a new algorithm that surfaces content Apple thinks you’ll enjoy more. Videos will play directly in a feed, and the iPhone version of Notes is now viewable in landscape mode. Apple also says News will update much faster when you start the app, too.
C. Health Concerns Addressed :
There’s no new features for Health, but Apple is recommending popular apps you might want to use in its own Health app. If you were using Health to track your weight, for instance, viewing the ‘Weight’ screen in the Health app will now show you apps that you may find useful.
Health will also show your ring goals from the Apple Watch in a graph format.
D. Learn And Grow With Education :
A feature most won’t be able to tap into, iOS 9.3 now allows classrooms to assign multiple users to devices so students can share iPads. Schools that create Apple IDs for students can now manage them, and a new Classroom app lets teachers manage students’ progress better.
Teachers can also glance at screens with a tap using the Classroom app, so they can get a better idea of how students are finding information. Educators can also launch apps to students’ devices, and lock those devices into an app to keep kids focused.