Apple has added a ‘Night Shift’ mode for its iPhones and iPads, with the aim of cutting down on insomnia caused by late-night exposure to blue light from gadgets' displays.
Studies have shown the excessive exposure to blue light from screens before going to bed can significantly disrupt sleep patterns.
The new Night Shift feature uses an iOS device’s built–in clock to work out when the sun goes down in a user’s timezone and switches the display to a warmer yellow light. That should mean users can read or peruse the web before turning in without their sleep being affected.
As well as working automatically, users will also be able to set blue and yellow light manually, depending on when they want to go to sleep.
Night Shift is just one of a host of new features that form part of iOS 9.3, which has just been released as a public beta.
There are new shortcuts using 3D Touch for apps such as Weather and Stocks, password and Touch ID protection for Notes and improvements to the company’s News app, which has failed to live up to expectations until now.
iOS 9.3 is available now to those signed up to Apple’s beta programme. The official, fully complete version should arrive in the next couple of months.