Following an extensive beta period lasting just shy of 3 months, Apple has tonight publicly released all four of its latest software updates.
The latest update to the firm’s mobile operating system specifically brings with it Find My AirPods.
Arriving as a welcome addition to Apple’s existing Find My iPhone app, the tool will help users locate lost AirPods by allowing them to track their location when in a charged state.
Other changes in this version:
– SiriKit can be used to pay bills, check on the status of payments, and schedule future rides.
– The weather icon in the Maps app includes 3D Touch to show hourly forecasts.
– CarPlay includes new shortcuts for launching recently used apps.
– CarPlay’s Maps now features EV charging station locations.
– HomeKit supports programmable light switches.
– Conversation View in the Mail app now features navigation improvements.
Considered a minor update to the company’s desktop operating system, macOS 10.12.4 finally brings Night Shift to the Mac.
The feature -originally launched with the public release of iOS 9.3- aims to give users a better sleep pattern by reducing the amount of blue light that is ultimately emitted from their Mac’s display.
“Night Shift is activated through the Displays section of System Preferences, where a setting to have it come on at sunset and turn off at sunrise is available. It can also be set to turn on and off at custom times. Night Shift can also be toggled on manually using the Notification Center or Siri,” Clover explains.
Other tidbits in the release include support for Shanghainese, enhanced support for receiving sports scores via Siri, improved APIs for PDFKit and iCloud Analytics.
This week’s update to watchOS introduces Apple’s long-talked about Theatre Mode.
In order to install the update you’ll first need to ensure that your iPhone is running iOS 10 (or later), your Apple Watch is at least 50% charged and attached to its charger, and is connected to bluetooth.
Then simply head over to the official Apple Watch app on your ipHone and navigate to the General > Software Update menu to get started.
The update also expands Siri’s capabilities through SiriKit, allowing for further third-party integrations.
And finally, Apple’s latest update to tvOS is a minor one.
The update particularly has its focus on the smoothness of multidirectional scrolling when browsing a list of items or menu options.
Grab these updates today via the software update menus on your applicable device(s), or directly via iTunes.