Apple was slow to bring forward its display modification settings when compared to F.lux’s quashed efforts, but it did work out for the lot of iPhone users interested in not blinding their eyes past sunset. But it seems that Night Shift will become less useful when people want or need it soon enough, if changes hold from beta numbers 4 and 5 of iOS 9.3.
First off is the new consumption limitation on use. Night Shift will be disabled in low-power mode, first introduced on iOS 9. We don’t know the particulars of how much juice Night Shift uses, but apparently, it’s too much to be a deemed efficient.
The Control Center toggles have also been reduced. The contextual menu that gives options for turning Night Shift “for now” and “until tomorrow” are gone. The new button toggle in the Control Center goes to the next scheduling point — be it sunrise, sunset or an appointed time. The renamed “Manually Enable Until Tomorrow” toggle can be found in the Night Shift settings. In short, scheduling toggles have been simplified, but made less convenient to access.
Finally comes the temperature slider and its extremity labels — blue and orange circles removed to be replaced by “More Warm” and “Less Warm” along with some fine print on the bottom saying that “warmer temperatures can reduce eye strain.”
Changes may be a-comin’, but that doesn’t mean people have to like them. Especially with the low-power mode restriction:
— Carlos Oliveira (@carlos78oli) March 1, 2016