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Apple releases iOS 9.3 beta 5 to registered developers, public testers

Apple releases iOS 9.3 beta 5 to registered developers, public testers

Apple's Software
March 1, 2016

Apple has just released a new beta version of iOS 9.3 to registered developers and public testers. The fifth beta version is available to download over-the-air or through Apple’s site.

As promised, in the new beta version, Apple has restored full functionality for the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro. In previous versions, Pencil users couldn’t open apps, scroll, and do general purpose navigation.

The biggest changes in iOS 9.3 are arriving for the education market. At least for schools, the Shared iPad mode will allow multi-user support. Educators can also take advantage of the new Classroom app so they can launch everyone’s apps at the same time and then guide what the students are looking at on their iPads. Using AirPlay, teachers can also project a student’s work from a tablet onto the classroom television equipped with an Apple TV.

The new Night Shift mode will use your clock and iOS device’s location to determine when the sun has set. It will then shift the display colors to the warmer end of the spectrum to make it easier on your eyes. It will return to normal in the morning.

Apple also added features to the News, Notes, and Health apps along with CarPlay improvements. You can take a look at the complete roundup of changes on Apple’s preview site.

Not surprisingly, Apple has also just released the fifth beta version of WatchOS 2.2 and tvOS 9.2.

All of the new software should officially arrive to the public in the coming weeks, likely after Apple’s reported special media event later this month.

We’ll let you know if we find any major changes in any of the new beta software.

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