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Last night, Apple released the first beta of iOS 9.3 to developers. The update bringsquite a lot of new features including new 3D Touch options for some system apps, though the biggest new feature has to be Night Shift.

Apple does not mention anything about Night Shift’s compatibility in the iOS 9.3 developer release notes, but as it turns out, the feature will not be available on older iOS devices that are powered by a 32-bit chipset. This means that following iOS device owners will not be able to enjoy Night Shift once Apple commences the public roll out of iOS 9.3:

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPod touch 5G
  • iPad mini
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3
  • iPad 4

All other newer iOS devices that will support Night Shift include:

As described by Apple, Night Shift automatically shifts the display color of your iOS device towards the warmer end of the spectrum to reduce exposure to bright blue light in the evening that can make it harder for one to fall asleep. iOS will do all of this automatically and without any user input by determining the sunset time in your location. The display will then be restored to its original color the next morning.

f.lux, a popular app that provides similar functionality as Night Shift, supports 32-bit iOS devices as well, but the app was shut down by Apple soon after its release late last yeardue to violation of Developer Agreement. The app used some private APIs and required users to sideload it using Xcode, which was against the terms and conditions set by Apple.

My recommendation to owners of older iOS devices that will not be getting the Night Shift feature with iOS 9.3, is to jailbreak their device and use one of the many similar apps built by the jailbreaking community.

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Founder and Chief Editor of Colabyte, Jitendra Malviya likes to keep on top of technology and loves to help people around him get through the day to day trouble they face with technology. So that, they can love technology as much as he does!

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