Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 9.3 to Developers

ios93Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second iOS 9.3 beta and two months after the public release of iOS 9.2. iOS 9.3 has been in testing since January 11.

The third iOS 9.3 beta is available as an over-the-air update and through the iOS section of the Apple Developer Center.

As a major .1 update to the iOS 9 operating system, iOS 9.3 introduces several new features. There's a Night Shift mode to reduce the amount of blue light iOS users are exposed to in the evening by shifting the iPad or iPhone display to a warmer (yellower) color spectrum, and there are several features designed to improve the iPad for Education program, such as multi-user login.


Multiple apps and features are also seeing updates in iOS 9.3. Apple News includes more personalized recommendations, faster updates, a landscape view on the iPhone, and support for in-line video, while Health includes a new Apple Watch-style "Activity" view and Notes has an option to password protect individual entries.

Apple Music for CarPlay offers "New" and "For You" sections for better music discovery, and a Nearby Feature in CarPlay Maps offers more information about what's close by. Paired with watchOS 2.2, an iPhone running iOS 9.3 is able to support multiple Apple Watches, and for iPhone 6s users, there are new Quick Actions for Weather, Settings, Compass, Health, App Store, and iTunes Store.

The second iOS 9.3 beta added a Control Center toggle for the Night Shift feature, and new additions in the third iOS 9.3 beta will be listed below.

What's new in iOS 9.3 beta 3:

Verizon Wi-Fi calling - The third beta of iOS 9.3 adds Wi-Fi calling for Verizon users, allowing them to place calls over a wireless connection when cellular connectivity is poor.

T-Mobile bug fix - Today's beta includes a carrier update for T-Mobile users, fixing a bug that prevented apps from loading over a cellular connection.

Tag: iOS 9.3
Related Forum: iOS 9

Top Rated Comments

LordQ Avatar
105 months ago
Hopefully they changed the 'lemon' icon to a lamp!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jsameds Avatar
105 months ago
When will it let us delete all this "Bloat Ware" ????
The most Pointless and overhyped request IMO.

At this point is so much effort to re-code iOS so you can delete some apps and save what, a grand total of 100MB? I'd rather the software engineers at Apple focus their efforts on something that's actually worthwhile. Add a "hide" feature, that's all we really need, and very little coding required in order to do so so it's not a massive waste of resources.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Enygmatic Avatar
105 months ago
Design is not an opinion. How big our hands are, how big a thumb is, how much we can memorize, how our eyes react to blue bright light after sunset. These are all biological facts and good design takes them into account. Icons exist for good reason and a good icon for Night Shift is a metaphor for light in the dark. You can't go better than bedside lamp. And that's a fact. Make a focus group and test it, if you don't believe me. The people will not get what the eye-halfmoon-lemon is supposed to mean.
I don't doubt your taste, just your understanding of what "fact", "opinion", "subjective" and "objective" mean.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
\-V-/ Avatar
105 months ago
Design is not an opinion. How big our hands are, how big a thumb is, how much we can memorize, how our eyes react to blue bright light after sunset. These are all biological facts and good design takes them into account. Icons exist for good reason and a good icon for Night Shift is a metaphor for light in the dark. You can't go better than bedside lamp. And that's a fact. Make a focus group and test it, if you don't believe me. The people will not get what the eye-halfmoon-lemon is supposed to mean.
Your thoughts on what the icon should be is ... in fact ... 100% ... an opinion.

Design is also opinion-based, since design is subjective.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kch50428 Avatar
105 months ago
Public betas never come out the same day as developer betas *eyeroll*
Yeah, they do... 9.3 beta 2 did.... *double eyeroll*
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chucker23n1 Avatar
105 months ago
Seeing that 9.3 logo I hope iOS 10 gets rid of all vestiges of the 7-9 look and returns back to an elegant look.
You mean "elegant" like this?



Cheesy, childish, trendy was never Apple. At least not under SJ. Things just really fell apart past after he left.
Uh-huh.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

General Apps Messages

Apple Announces 'Groundbreaking' New Security Protocol for iMessage

Wednesday February 21, 2024 6:00 am PST by
Apple today announced a new post-quantum cryptographic protocol for iMessage called PQ3. Apple says this "groundbreaking" and "state-of-the-art" protocol provides "extensive defenses against even highly sophisticated quantum attacks." Apple believes the PQ3 protocol's protections "surpass those in all other widely deployed messaging apps," according to its blog post:Today we are announcing...
Beyond iPhone 13 Better Blue Face ID Single Camera Hole

Six Reasons to Wait for Next Year's iPhone 17

Thursday February 22, 2024 4:20 am PST by
Apple's iPhone development roadmap runs several years into the future and the company is continually working with suppliers on several successive iPhone models concurrently, which is why we sometimes get rumored feature leaks so far ahead of launch. The iPhone 17 series is no different, and already we have some idea of what to expect from Apple's 2025 smartphone lineup. If you plan to skip...
iOS 17

iOS 17.4 Will Add These New Features to Your iPhone

Monday February 19, 2024 6:52 am PST by
Apple last month confirmed that iOS 17.4 will be released in March, and the update includes several new features and changes for the iPhone. Key new features in iOS 17.4 include major App Store changes in the EU and Apple Podcasts transcripts. The update also adds new emoji and includes preparations for the launch of next-generation CarPlay later this year. More details about the new...
iPhone Notch

Apple Explored These Notch and Dynamic Island Designs for iPhones

Friday February 23, 2024 2:05 pm PST by
With the iPhone 14 Pro models in 2022, Apple introduced the Dynamic Island, which can morph and expand to display system alerts, sports scores, and a variety of other information. The feature makes the space surrounding the front camera and Face ID sensors useful compared to the notch on older iPhone models. Apple explored a variety of ideas for the iPhone's notch area over the years before...
Oled iPads and MackBook Pro Notch

Apple's OLED Roadmap: New iPad Mini, Foldable iPad Pro, and More

Wednesday February 21, 2024 5:29 am PST by
Apple is planning to launch at least nine new devices with OLED displays across the iPad and MacBook product lines, according to an updated forecast from research firm Omdia that sets out the company's plans in detail. As widely rumored, Apple's push to transition to OLED will apparently be jump-started by the release of new 11- and 13-inch iPad Pro models this year. The displays will...
Next Generation CarPlay Porsche 1

Apple Launching Next-Generation CarPlay This Year With These New Features

Wednesday February 21, 2024 2:03 pm PST by
Apple recently updated its website to confirm that the first vehicle models with next-generation CarPlay support will debut "in 2024." This wording is shown on Apple's regional websites for the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries. The iOS 17.4 beta includes code-level references to eight new CarPlay apps:Auto Settings: This app will let you manage paired iPhones...
cracked glass vision pro

Handful of Apple Vision Pro Units Develop Identical Crack in Cover Glass

Friday February 23, 2024 4:46 am PST by
A small number of Apple Vision Pro owners have claimed that their headsets developed a hairline crack down the middle of the front cover glass, despite having never been dropped or mishandled. Photo of hairline crack in Vision Pro front glass (credit: Reddit user Inphenite) The first report was posted in the subreddit /r/VisionPro about 18 days ago, and several more have appeared in the last...