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The best features coming to Apple's iOS 9.3 update

Apple is tweaking again.

The best features coming to Apple's iOS 9.3 update

Apple is tweaking again. 

With the latest iOS 9.3 update set for launch in the coming months, the iPhone maker has released the public beta, showing off all the new tricks the operating system will offer.

From improved sleep to secure notes, here's the best of the what 9.3 will offer.

Night Shift

Struggling to unwind after an evening session of streaming? You're going to love Night Shift function - which helps remove the pesky blue spectrum of light that tricks our bodies into thinking it's still daylight, and thus time to be awake.

By turning on Night Shift, iOS 9.3 will use your "device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location. Then it automatically shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum, making it easier on your eyes. In the morning, it returns the display to its regular settings." 

Password protection for notes

Reluctant to store private information in your Notes app for fear of prying eyes? 

iOS 9.3 will add password and fingerprint ID protection to the Notes app. To turn it on, you'll need to head to Settings, then select the app Notesand then Password Protection. You'll be given options to add a PIN or use your fingerprint ID. 

New 3D touch shortcuts

This one only applies to iPhone 6S users, but a bunch of Apple's default apps (Health, Stocks, Settings, the Compass) have all got new shortcuts coming in iOS 9.3.

Want to head straight to battery settings? Just hold down the Settings app and select the option. Need the latest details from your Health Dashboard? You know where to go. 

More personalised News

Struggling to find articles you actually enjoy on the News app?

Apple has been working hard to tweak the personalised suggestions of its curated News selection. The 'For You' section suggests trending topics and Editors’ Picks, while video stories will play right from you feed.

Be sure to add to your selection, right?

Duplicate your Live Photos

The bods at LifeHacker have spotted that you can now duplicate photos from outside the Photo app - the most useful aspect of which is to create still images of Live Photos (and how many of those have you sent? Be honest).

From within a Live Photo, hit Share and from here you can Duplicate as Still Photo.

Store other documents on iCloud

iBooks used to only allow you to sync books purchased via the Apple store to your iCloud - which was a touch annoying for all involved.

Apple appear to have taken the hint, and will now allow you to sync other file types - including PDFs - on your iCloud, for retrieval elsewhere.