With iOS 9.3, Apple added a new display-based Night Shift mode for iPhones and iPads. The feature uses clock timing and geo-location to automatically change the display s color temperature to warm at night. Apple claims that soothing colors not only improves the reading experience after evening, but also ensures that the display doesn t strain your eyes. Now, Apple has filed an application to trademark Night Shift in the US and Hong Kong. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing endsAlso Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
Spotted by Patently Apple, the trademark filing mentions a range of devices that can use the Night Shift mode. This includes docks, smartwatches, television monitors, laptop computers, motor vehicle audio apparatus and more. It could hint at the night shift mode coming to Mac computers, MacBook (Air and Pro-series), Apple TV, Apple Watch and CarPlay too. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
A third party app called F.lux is available for Mac, which has a working similar to the night shift mode. However, Apple stopped the app maker from releasing the F.lux app on iPhone, and baked the same functionality into iOS 9.3.
However, before we get too excited about Night Shift Mode coming to other Apple devices, the patent filing mentions a lot of non-relevant objects like chargers, bags, computer cables and much more, as 9to5Mac points out. Companies usually go the extra mile while filing for trademarks and patents to include everything possible to protect future claims on the account of missing anything.
This means that while Apple might have trademarked Night Shift as a display mode for MacBooks, Apple TV, Apple Watch and CarPlay, that is by no way a confirmation that Apple would bring it to those devices. Having said that, we hope Apple brings Night Shift mode to its MacBooks.