How to make Night Shift act more like True Tone

Only the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has an auto-adjusting True Tone screen. But you can mimic the effect on any iOS 9.3 device, with Night Shift.


Right now, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is Apple’s favorite child. How else can you explain the advantages Apple gave it over the 12.9-inch iPad Pro released just months earlier?

Only the Lil Pro can shoot 4K video and 12-megapixel stills, not the Big Pro. The Lil Pro is the only iPad to have a flash—it’s even on both cameras, a real flash on the rear camera and a Retina Flash on the front that works by lighting up your screen. And of course it’s the only iPad to have a True Tone display.

But guess what? Cool as True Tone is, you don’t really need it, not enough to pay hundreds for a new iPad, anyway. In fact, if you use iOS 9.3’s new Night Shift feature with a light touch and a 24-hour schedule, you can get a True Tone-esque effect on your existing iPad or iPhone without spending a penny.

True Tone

True Tone attempts to match the color cast of your display to the ambient light in the room. Every iOS device has ambient light sensors (which help drive the Auto Brightness feature), but the Lil Pro’s sensors are unique because they can detect the color temperature as well as the brightness.

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