New iPad Software Update (iOS 9.3)

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Apple have released the latest software update for their handheld devices range, iOS 9.3. This release introduces Night Shift, an optional mode designed to reduce the potential for sleep disruption when using Apple devices at the end of the day. Further changes include the ability to password-protect individual notes in Apple's stock Notes app, and improvements to the News and Health services.

Regarding Night Shift, Apple published the following on their website: 

"Many studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. Night Shift uses your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location, then it automatically shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum".

iOS 9.3 can be installed now on compatible iPads (second-generation devices and onwards, although the Night Shift feature will only work on fifth-generation devices and onwards). To find out how to upgrade to the latest software release for your iPad, follow our step-by-step guide


Phil Joddrell

Phil is a PhD student at the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. He has eight years' experience working with people living with dementia in both clinical and research environments. Phil’s PhD is investigating the use of touchscreen technology with people with dementia, with the aim of increasing the accessibility of existing apps.


Phil complete his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of York in 2007 and went on to work as an Assistant Psychologist in the older adult services at The Retreat, a not for profit provider of specialist mental health care in York.


In 2013, Phil decided to make the move into research and joined the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Group within ScHARR, working as a Research Assistant on two projects in the field of dementia care. InTouch explored the potential of games on touchscreen tablet computers for people with dementia and DigIT is developing an evidence-based protocol for the evaluation of assistive technology designed for people with dementia.


Phil’s research interests are focused on improving the quality of life for people diagnosed with dementia using everyday technologies.