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Apple Released macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Beta With A New Night Shift Mode Feature

Apple started rolling out the macOS Sierra 10.12.4 update. However, don’t get too excited about this, since, at least for the moment, only developers will have the chance to test it.

One of the most expected and interesting features brought by the software update is the new Night Shift mode. However, this is not something that new for Apple users, since it was first introduced with iOS 9.3.

To be more specific, we’re talking about a feature which gradually shifts the display of a device from a blue tint to a more yellow tint, as soon as it’s starting to get darker outside. It can be toggled on and off, by simply using the switch from the Today section of the Notification Center.

But the feature is way more complex than you can imagine, since it also has a Preferences sub menu, available in the Displays section, of System Preferences!

For example, users can schedule Night Shift to start running at sunset and eventually stop, at sunrise or at a specific hour. You also have a manual toggle and the possibility to adjust the color temperature of your Mac’s display.

Until now, Mac users were able to enjoy this feature only through a third party app, f.lux. However, it won’t be necessary anymore, since Night Shift will be built-in from now on. However, the app offers a bit more customization, so, in the end, it’s just a matter of personal preferences.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 should be available to public beta testers in the near future, probably starting with February. Currently, it’s available for download just through the Apple Developer Center or the software update mechanism from the Mac App Store.

For the moment, there’s no exact information about the complete list of features it brings, nor bug fixes or any chances. However, considering that it accompanies iOS 10.3, it should focus a lot on changes beyond bug fixes. Also, besides the above-mentioned Night Shift mode, it includes Shanghainese dictation support, for converting text to speech, as well as a new ability for Siri: displaying cricket scores.

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