Those who have been longing for Apple’s ‘Night Shift’ display feature to become available on Mac will likely want to waste no time in heading over to beta.apple.com – this weekend.
That’s because the company on Thursday seeded the first ever public build of macOS 10.12.4 – a new version of its desktop operating system that includes the eye-friendly feature.
Originally introduced with the public release of iOS 9.3, Night Shift aims to save users eyes from the harmful effects that can sometimes result from staring too long at blue light.
The feature does this by automatically changing the colour tones of a user’s display to better suit their surroundings, based on their preferences and chosen activation periods.
Apple is including the option ‘Sunrise to Sunset’ for those looking to keep the feature on all day long – but for those looking more fine-grain control over the feature and how it works, there is also the ability to set a specific time you would like Night Shift to activate (and deactivate).
Alongside adding Night Shift mode into the macOS system preferences pane, Apple is -with this release- also expanding dictation support to include Shanghainese.
And if that wasn’t enough, Siri is also getting further support for cricket scores, schedules and player rosters:
“Siri knows about statistics and data from the Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council,” Apple says, as the company notes that it is also updating PDFKit APIs for the better displaying of PDFs in apps that use the development framework.
macOS 10.12.4 (Beta 1) is a FREE download for those who are already enrolled in Apple’s Public Beta Program, and the software is expected to see its wider public release – later this year.
Grab it today at beta.apple.com.