Apple Working to Improve upon iOS 9

The Current Mobile OS Receives Updates and New Functionality

Apple Night Shift Control
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Jan 27, 2016

Apple’s much-awaited WWDC 2016 is scheduled to take place in June this year. There is already a rumor that the fruity giant will be unveiling the next version of its mobile OS; its iOS 10, at this mega annual event. The company, though, has made no official announcement regarding its next big release. It, however, is working to introduce more and more functionality into its current mobile platform; iOS 9.

What is New with iOS 9

  • Starting with iOS 9.1, the library cache file indicates an interesting new feature, called “LiFiCapability”. Here, data is sent by modulating a light source and is received by a light sensor, after which it is reassembled to form an electronic signal. This light signal is visible to the human eye, but the modulation process is not. This system makes the whole process easier and faster. Li-Fi technology is yet only in the experimental phase. However, news is that several companies are already seriously working on taking it further.
  • In addition to this, Apple is believed to be working on hardware implementations for wireless, light-based, transfer of data, that is, on optical wireless communication. A concerned patent issued by Apple describes a method of optical modulation, employing an image sensor. This sensor would be capable of switching between image capture and data capture modes, thus enabling the system to use light inputs, without needing more hardware.
  • As of last week, the company has starting rolling out iOS 9.2.1 to all supported iPhones, iPads and iPod touch units. Incidentally, this version had been opened up to testers last month. This new release does not include new features. However, it does come with certain performance enhancements, bug fixes, battery indicator issues and some other unannounced improvements.

Apple Seeds Second Version of iOS 9.3 Beta to Testers

Close on the heels of the public release of tvOS 9.1.1, the giant released a second beta version of iOS 9.3 to testers. This latest build, 13E5191d, comes with several new features over the previous version, including a Night Shift control button in the Control Center.

Night Shift is a unique tool, which enables users to access and control display temperature on supported iOS devices. Using the device’s clock and geolocation to track local sunset, this feature automatically shifts display colors on the screen, in order to offer optimal night-time viewing. At present, this feature supports only 64-bit technology, with the most recent beta versions. On iPhone 6s devices, this Night Shift control feature appears as a bright icon, with a crescent moon in an eye.

Interested developers can download the latest beta version from Apple’s developer Website or can receive an over-the-air update.