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iOS 9.3 Preview

Today Apple released a beta version of iOS 9.3 to developers. But rather than allowing Apple-focused sites to control the message of what’s in that beta, Apple did so itself via a page detailing what’s new in iOS 9.3:

This latest iOS release adds numerous innovations to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. There are improvements to a wide range of apps, along with great new additions to CarPlay. iOS 9.3 may even help you get a good night’s sleep. And you’ll find a preview of new features that will make using iPad in schools easier and better for students and admins.

Among the features in iOS 9.3: Night Shift, which—like the jailbreak app f.lux—decreases blue wavelengths of light as you use your iOS devices at night; support for Touch ID locks in Notes; and improvements to News, Health, and CarPlay.

Perhaps most interesting is a set of new education features that let teachers view the screens of student iPads, administer student Apple IDs in bulk, and—in what could possibly be a preview of a major shift in iOS philosophy—the ability for multiple students to share a single iPad by logging in.