Today, in a surprise move, Apple seeded iOS 9.3 beta 1 to registered developers. Interestingly, iOS 9.2.1 (which was initially seeded to developers on January 4th) remains in its second beta stage, suggesting that a public release may be imminent. Being the third major iOS 9 update, 9.3 actually offers more features and improvements than even its predecessor, iOS 9.2, including something truly remarkable: Apple-branded f.lux, dubbed Night Shift!
The iOS 9.3 firmware is currently restricted to download through Apple’s developer portal in both configuration profile and restore image (IPSW) forms, which is a first for developer releases.
iOS 9.3 Changelog And Features
As far as features are concerned, iOS 9.3 includes the following (via MacRumors):
What’s new in iOS 9.3:
Apple Watch – With iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2, the iPhone is able to pair with more than one Apple Watch. Both updates are required, with each watch running watchOS 2.2 and the iPhone running iOS 9.3. WatchOS 2.2 was seeded to developers alongside iOS 9.3.
Night Shift – iOS 9.3 includes a feature that reduces blue light at night, much like f.lux does on a Mac.
Notes – Notes is now password protected and there are new features for sorting by date created, date modified, or alphabetically.
Apple News – News algorithms have been improved to offer more tailored articles in the For You section. There’s also a new landscape mode and in-line video playback.
Health – Health has been updated with a new interface that makes it easier to see move, exercise, and stand data. There’s also a new menu in certain categories to help users discover apps that can be used to track health data.
CarPlay – CarPlay includes iOS 9 features like New and For You sections in Apple Music along with a Nearby feature in Maps for discovering the best local restaurants, coffee shops, and more.
Education – iOS 9.3 includes multiple Education-oriented features including shared iPads for students, a new Classroom app, and an Apple School Manager.
Jailbreaking And iOS 9.3
Considering TaiG initially delayed the release of their iOS 9.2 jailbreak for iOS 9.2.1, 9.3 poses obvious problems for Jailbreaking. Developers like to wait for the latest versions of software and hardware before issuing new Jailbreaks so as many individuals can Jailbreak for as long as possible.
Unfortunately, as of now, we don’t know whether iOS 9.3 will once again delay TaiG’s release plans. However, if the latest beta closes any exploits the group plans on utilizing, like iOS 9.1 beta did for Pangu’s iOS 9 jailbreak, then it’s probable that they may release their Jailbreak for iOS 9.2.1 instead – though they’ll need some time to test what they’ve been working on with iOS 9.3 before anything!
In addition to watching the above video, we recommend navigating to Jailbreak Pangu’s iOS 9.3 Jailbreak archive for a collection of all future Jailbreak updates.
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