Apple has devised a new way to help users
stay glued to its phones fall asleep.
They’re calling it “Night Shift” and it will help anyone who relies on their phone or Apple device to get their bedtime reading in.
Available on the new iOS 9.3., the feature uses the clock on your device to figure out what time it will get dark in your area. Then, it automatically “shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum, making it easier on your eyes,” it says on the tech giant’s website. In the morning, your display will revert back to normal.
This feature, of course, is in response to studies that have shown that using smartphones or tablets with lit screens before bed can interfere with your sleep.
“We found that the use of these devices before bedtime prolongs the time it takes to fall asleep, delays the circadian clock, suppresses levels of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, reduces the amount and delays the timing of REM sleep, and reduces alertness the following morning,” researchers from the University of Texas wrote.
So, now thanks to iOS 9.3, you can stay glued to your phone for both morning and night! Because the feature is still in development, it should still be another couple of weeks before it gets rolled out. But if you really want to get in on it early, you could sign up for the Beta Software Program – although the feature will likely be shaky and unpolished.
By the way: if you think there’s already an “app for that,” so to speak, there isn’t. Since Apple doesn’t allow developers to access certain features on its devices, all apps that have tried to improve night time reading in a similar fashion have been removed or rejected from its store.
In the meantime, you can check out a full list of what iOS 9.3 has in store right here.