I have good news for night owls. The next iOS 9.3 update will come with a Night Shift feature that can help you sleep — or rather, that can help stop your smartphone from getting in the way of a good night's sleep. It's something for all of us late-night phone users to be happy about, and it might just be the one iOS 9.3 feature we need the most.
Numerous studies have shown that the blue light from your cell phone and other electronic devices could have all sorts of weird potential side effects, from gray matter density to weight gain; however, one of the more substantial impacts is the risk the light from your favorite digital toys has for your sleep cycle. There are plenty of studies that have found a link between cell phones and poor sleep due to the light emitted by the devices. Which makes sense — it's not like human brains developed their innate responses to light at a time when we all had glowing rectangles that we stared at all the time. As such, people with sleep disorders are often advised to limit screen time before bed — and it's not bad advice for the rest of us, either. Just saying.
But Apple is now hoping to help solve that problem with the new Night Shift feature, which will be part of the upcoming iOS 9.3 update. According to Apple, "Night Shift uses your iOS 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."
So hopefully that will take care of that problem. It looks like new emoji aren't the only thing to get excited about for the next update.
And if you want to take care of it sooner, rather than later, there are apps that aim to achieve the same thing Night Shift will be hoping to do. And if you're an Android user, you're in luck — there are also options for you!