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iOS 9.3 is now officially available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update brings some interesting features. Rest assured, however, for we Android users can reap the benefits, too. Here's how to get the iOS 9.3 features on your smartphone now.

The Night Shift feature

Night Shift applies a filter to the screen to reduce eye fatigue. It works by reducing a portion of the blue light emitted by the screen. Blue light negatively impacts sleep by disrupting the production of melatonin, a sleep hormone.

Blue light is bad for your sleep

This feature has been available to Android users for years through a variety of apps in the Google Play Store. Bluelight filter is one example. It has the same features as its counterpart on iOS, plus additional options like selecting from seven color filters available, shortcuts that can be added to the home screen, a widget and scheduled activation times. There's also Twilight, and recently f.lux joined the Android screen-dimming brigade.

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Twilight drops the blues and raises the reds for late-night phone use. / © ANDROIDPIT
Twilight Install on Google Play

Lock notes

iOS now offers the ability to lock notes that you create. This security can be added either by code or by fingerprint. But there are also many note-taking Android applications that provide this functionality already.

This is the case, for example, on ColorNote. Just enter a password to secure your notes and all is well in the world.

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ColorNote lets you password lock your notes, just like on iOS 9.3. / © ANDROIDPIT
ColorNote Notepad Notes Install on Google Play

CarPlay and Apple Music

With iOS 9.3, it is finally possible to use Apple Music, Apple's music streaming service, with CarPlay. Android already offers this feature with Android Auto, which lets you listen to Google Play Music, Spotify or Deezer in your car.

Android Auto connects your smartphone to your car. / © ANDROIDPIT

Multiple accounts on tablets

Apple finally brings multi-user mode to its iPads. However, Apple is only making it available to iPads being used for educational purposes. It enables students to log in on multiple tablets and retain their apps and data. Home users will be unable to access this feature.

This feature has been available on Android for years (since Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, to be exact). Two types of accounts are available: the limited profile and user account. The first, as the name suggests is useful when you want to provide limited access to your tablet. Particularly suitable for children, it allows you to set only certain applications to be accessible, and to keep files, photos and videos private.

What do you think of the new features of iOS 9.3?


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  • Luis 6 months ago Link to comment

    I am 6 months new to Android on my phone. Currently running Android 6.0. I have a remark and question related to Android phones from every maker running the same 6.0 version. Recently I had the chance to ask family and friends with different devices. All are running the same version I am. I have experienced the most frustrating issues. I think it may have to do with permissions , the choice to allow permissions for apps, and services which I don't have. If I choose to not use a service, a browser, or deny access to most every permission , my settings are changed, my phone won't ring, no sound for text messages incoming, or notifications . My phone arrived without a manual. I had to print out the manual from a link. Unfortunately, My printer or something I don't understand won't allow me to print the manual to my phone in Large Font Text for my visual impairment. Not one of the others I mentioned this to , all have Android phones from other makers, have had any of the negative experiences I have. They have control over their phones apps, permissions, settings, every function. I do not. Can anyone respond to my comments , especially those who have a Moto X Pure Edition 2015 Android phone... I never want to return to an iPhone, and wish to enjoy the Android OS without feeling like a prisoner. At the point of wanting to get rid of my otherwise. Beautiful phone , with a I believe, 5.7 inch display , 32 GB, and can hold two SD cards up to 128 MB of read ,write memory. Thanks

  • Zack Arm 6 months ago Link to comment

    Because with Android it is optional and if you do choose to use it, you have a variety of choices.

    Why accept something forced on you with little to no choices when you can choose something that gives you many options?

  • Paolo 6 months ago Link to comment

    How would you like it if you bought a Toyota Corolla that has the absolute basics, no aircon, no power nothing, not even airbags, and Toyota oughta tell ya to go to a Sears to buy all the bits? You'd say no to that, so why would you say yes to missing functionality on Androids just because "there's an app for that?"

    • But it's not missing functionality by virtue of its existence.

    • Hahha Paolo wth? That's the stupidest analogy ever. Downloading an app for your phone will take about 60 seconds and will generally be free. You're comparing that to having to buy half of the equipment for a car separately and rebuild it!

      But let's follow on with your car analogy shall we now that youve started it? Say you went to a car showroom to buy a car. The salesman says they've got a car that just comes as it is. You can't change anything on it, you're stuck with what it comes like. They've also got another car but with this one you can choose the colour of it, the material on the seats, the sound system, and can modify pretty much what you want. Then he tells you that he will charge you MORE money for the car that comes as it is, and LESS for the customisable one that you can change to your liking. So which one would you choose???

      Incase you don't realise what I'm saying here - the car that comes as it is, and yet is more expensive, represents the iPhone. The customisable, and yet cheaper, car represents an Android device.

      If you wanna pay more money for something that some guy at Apple HQ is telling you that you want, then that's up to you. I'll stick with buying an Android phone and then making it into exactly what I want, and paying less for the privilege

    • Because the apps are free (unlike Sears example) and you don't have to go anywhere to get them. Plus there are many choices

  • Zack Arm 6 months ago Link to comment

    iOS has been playing catchup to Android features for years now, this is nothing new and only the appletards try to deny it.

  • great stuff!!

  • Here's the thing, the difference is in Android you have to go find apps that will help with lighting or locking notes, but Apple has it baked into their proprietary apps and OS. You don't have to scour the Android jungle for them. Nice try.

    • Yes, a few years later Apple finally gets it. The consequence of having "everything" built-in is that the 16 GB devices are useless, almost no memory available.

    • If you like waiting around for them to add the functions, then yes, you're completely right.

      If, on the other hand, you see other features in other platforms and you want it now? Every other platform is there!

    • Most people on android prefer looking for the apps they want instead of being told what they want. 50% of the features mentioned here are baked in features... The real difference is that android allows an app to change the color of the screen in the first place. (blue light filter) so they can be lean and quick rather then having to pay 6 Devs work on a password lock on a note app. Better luck next troll.

    • Dean L. 6 months ago Link to comment

      Agree that you can find an app for Android to accomplish the same thing, but when it's baked into the os and the native (read bloatware) apps it's just there ready to use. My ios devices are all up to date with 9.3 running.

      • Yes, I see, it's soooo hard to download apps isnt it? I don't know how Android users cope with having to actually download things for themselves...

      • What other features of Android do you envy? Send your wish list to Apple to see if they will speed up and get them in the next update.

    • Stan Jez 6 months ago Link to comment

      I accept the fact that you are an avid IOS supporter and are defending your tribe. No problems with that. You're entitled to have your preference. However, to imply that having to 'scour' the Android jungle is a pretty desperate shot. By following that logic anyone who puts an app onto an IOS device also scours the IOS jungle. And the problem is? Really, one could argue that a baked in app for some users might be bloatware.
      Let's accept that both operating systems have their strengths and weaknesses. The competition is good for all of us. I'd hate to think how far IOS would have developed had it not been for this rivalry.
      In the meantime enjoy the product of your choice. It's your money.

    • Hahhaha typical Apple fanboy comment. Here's the thing, I dont want everything baked into the OS, especially an OS that isn't customisable like iOS. Give me a bare bones OS any day and I'll spend a few minutes downloading apps to get my phone exactly how I like it and away I go. I'd much rather download stuff that I want, than my phone come pre-installed with loads of crap that I don't want. So ill have to download a few apps, so what?! Youre a typical Apple sheep, thinking that actually having to do something for yourself is some kind of difficult, unnecessary thing to do. You just want your ass wiped for you, that's why you chose a phone that is controlled by Apple instead of you. You're laughable. And by the way, my previous phone was an iPhone, so don't think of calling me an Android fanboy, I'm just realistic and haven't been brainwashed

      • Abhyuday 6 months ago Link to comment

        Calm down dude I hate apple too but you really can't blame apple users for not knowing anything. It's in their nature. It's why they use iOS anyway.

    • Once again, the power of choice.

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