Apple just released new versions of iOS, watchOS, and macOS (as well tvOS) including plugging security holes and adding a few new features. Here are four cool things you can do once you’ve updated.
Night Shift: Use your Mac at Night and Sleep Better Afterwards
MacOS 10.12.4 Sierra now has Night Shift, a feature from iOS that automatically shifts the colors of the screen to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark. Night Shift may help you sleep better by reducing the amount of blue light that tricks your body into thinking it’s earlier than it is.
To set up Night Shift:
- Open System Preferences > Displays > Night Shift
- Choose Sunset to Sunrise from the Schedule pop-up menu
You can either use the Mac’s built-in knowledge of sunset time where you are, or you can set it for a specific time.
Note that older Macs may not be able to support Night Shift.
Find Lost AirPods
Apple’s wireless AirPods earbuds are so small that they’re easy to lose. If you can’t find yours, iOS 10.3’s Find My iPhone app can help. Here’s how:
- Open the Find My iPhone app
- Tap the AirPods icon
- Tap the Play Sound button to make them play a locator sound
If you’ve lost only one AirPod, you can mute the other so it’s easier to hear where the sound is coming from.
Unfortunately Find My AirPods only works if the missing AirPod is in range of your paired iPhone…no good if you’re at home and your missing AirPod is at work…
Quickly Turn Off The Apple Watch Screen at the Movies
If you wear an Apple Watch, it’s probably annoying (to you and to others around you) when you’re at the movies and you grab for some popcorn and your Apple Watch light goes on!
Well now there’s Theater Mode for the Apple Watch, which keeps the screen dark and puts it into Silent mode. Here’s how to enable it.
- Open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen
- Tap the Theater Mode button (the masks)
- After the performance, disable Theater mode manually by tapping the button again
If you do need to check the time during the movie, tap your Apple Watch’s screen, or press the Digital Crown or side button.
Find Your Car in a Parking Lot
Perhaps less pertinent to us New Yorkers, but still valuable —
In iOS 10.3, you can now search for “parked car” in Maps, or just ask Siri, “Where did I park?”