iOS 9.3 – the hows, whys and how-tos


Are you the type of person who, upon seeing there’s a software update notification on your device, immediately updates to the latest operating system? Or do you leave it there, not expecting a major change, nor not wanting to eat up your data?

If you’re the former, you might be noticing the benefits of the new iOS 9.3 for iPhone and iPad, and if you’re the latter, good news is that there are some great changes, plus if you don’t want to use up your data, you can bring it into any iStore, and we’ll happily do it for you, at no cost. After all, why should you be without the latest and best of Apple’s offerings.

If you’d like to upgrade yourself, simply go to Settings > General > Software Update, and click “Download and Install”. Your iPhone or iPad will update after several minutes (depending on your internet speed), and restart. Sometimes you might get a notification that you don’t have enough space on your device to upgrade, which means you’ll need to clear space, like deleting those selfies and coffee pics you don’t need anymore.

Here are some other tips to make space for the new iOS:

1. Know what’s hogging your phone

Knowledge is power, and it helps to know what’s taking up space on your phone – you might be surprised, especially if it’s an app or two that you don’t use anymore. Go to Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage to see the biggest space fillers, and delete what you don’t need.

2. Use the Cloud

The most obvious solution is to toss everything up into your iCloud. Here you can keep all your photos and documents without running out of space on your iPhone. The first 5GB are free and you can get up to 1 Terabyte of storage for a small fee. To access, go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Optimise Storage, and your phone will store thumbnails of your photos.

3. Clear your deleted pictures

When you delete pictures from your camera roll, they go to a “Recently Deleted” folder, where they stay for 60 days (from day of deletion) until they get auto deleted. By deleting the images in this album, you could pave way for a whole lot of space (just double check that you do in fact want to get rid of them).

Great features of iOS 9.3:

Better sleep

Sweet dream are made of the new Night Shift, which changes the colours in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum. Why is this a good thing? Well, 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. You can control Night Shift in Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift.

Keep notes private

Notes is one of those apps you use all the time for all kinds of things. Now, with a password or fingerprint, you can secure the notes that contain your most personal data You can also sort notes by date created, date modified or alphabetically.

Discover new Health apps

It’s simpler than ever to find third-party apps to track your health and wellness. Categories such as Weight, Workouts, and Sleep have a new slider menu that reveals great apps you can easily add to your Health dashboard. The Health app also now displays your move, exercise and stand data, as well as your goals, from Apple Watch. This means you can see all your health metrics in one place and easily share your data with third‑party apps.

iStore expert tip

If you need to do a quick sum on your Mac, you can do it on Spotlight, instead of opening the calculator app. Type a sum into Spotlight, and it will return the answer in the window.