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IOS 9.3 Anticipated Release Date, Pros and Cons and Beta 5 Download

Rumours point to early 2016 as the iOS 9.3 release date. This will mark the next big update for the iPhone, iPad and iPad touch. Let’s look at some of the features iOS 9 users need to know about, both the good and the not so good.

iOS 9.3 release date

[Read: iOS 9, The iPad and Your Productivity]

Performance Enhancements

Preliminary trials of the iOS 9.3 beta revealed some notable performance improvements for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 5 and iPad Air. Testers reported that the iPhone 6s iOS 9.3 beta 1 featured 3D touch improvements. They say menus pop out at a smooth 60FPS.”

Developers noted improvement of Control Centre lag on the iPhone 5 and that the “iPad Air received a lot of performance tweaks to animation rendering.”

iOS 9.3 Control Centre

source: MacRumors

Beta testers also found that the “multitasking menu is much smoother, Spotlight doesn’t stutter anymore, Safari’s keyboard popup no longer skips animation [and] opening and closing apps is smooth again.”

Fix for “1970 Date” Bug

Manually changing the date on your iOS device to May, 1970 or earlier prevents it from restarting. Apple has promised to fix this problem with an “upcoming software update.” Though they didn’t specify that it would happen with the iOS 9.3 release, chances are good that it will.

Try Night Shift Without the iOS 9.3 Beta

Night Shift is one of iOS 9.3’s most remarkable features. Night Shift uses your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to sense sunset in your area. Your iPhone display then starts using warmer colours which affects your circadian rhythms to enable sleep to come more readily. In the morning the iPhone will resume more natural looking colours for the remainder of the day.

Fortunately, you can try this cool feature right now without waiting for the iOS 9.3 by downloading the similar third-party app called F.lux from here.

[Get iOS 9.3 Night Mode on Mac & Windows]

iPhone 6s Battery Percentage Bug

The iOS 9.2 update didn’t fix the ongoing iPhone 6s battery percentage problem. Users of the iPhone 6 hope the iOS 9.3 update provides a solution.

There’s a manual way to fix it but its not a permanent solution. Apple claims they’re working on the problem so hopefully we’ll see it with the release of the iOS 9.3 update.

Everyone Won’t get all iOS 9.3 Features

Some features won’t make it to all iPhones. Older iPhone and iPad models using 32-bit processors will get iOS 9.3 but most likely without Night Shift. This includes quite a list: iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 4s, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, the original iPad mini and the fifth generation iPad Touch.

Another important iOS feature that won’t arrive every iOS update is Verizon Wi-Fi calling. It will work only on the iPhone 5c or a newer model.

[Read: Using dictation to stay productive with Drafts and iOS 8 and Later]

The iOS 9.3 Release Date Inches Nearer

Though the iOS 9.3 update has been confirmed the release date has not. Yet Apple has scheduled a media event date for March 21, making it the likely iOS 9.3 release date.

iOS 9.3 Beta 5 Download

Developers got to to review iOS 9.3 first but now it’s available free to everyone with an Apple ID. Just join the free Beta Software Program.

About the author

    Dean Duke

    Dean is a father of 2, working full time as an IT consultant. He is an experienced tablet user spending many years honing his skills and learning to be more productive while using his iPad. After meeting the founder of TabletProductive.com, Chris J. Lee in 2015, he has been a main contributor to the blog ever since.

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