The Night Shift feature of iOS 9.3 is making a lot of noise. In case you don’t know yet, Night Shift uses our location and time to adjust the color temperature of our device, making colors warmer at night to see them more comfortably, and that will theoretically help us sleep better . When we learned about this functionality, it automatically reminded us of the app by f.lux, which has been available for OS X for years and which lasted very little time on iOS.
So now that the developers of f.lux see it in iOS, they are speaking out and giving their opinion about the situation. It was in a post on their blog, where the team talks about how it is a big step for Apple to care about the health of its users through this feature . However, here the really innovative one is f.lux, which has offered its contribution to users who have wanted to enjoy it.
But it doesn’t end there. The developers say that they have talked to Apple to ask that f.lux can be in iOS, to allow them access to a private API that allows it to exist alongside Night Shift. Let’s remember that f.lux was available for iOS for a very short time if it was loaded manually through Xcode , however Cupertino asked them personally to remove it so as not to break Apple’s policies.
It seems a bit crazy, f.lux is asking Apple to allow them to be in their ecosystem through a method that no other developer can, and to top it off they do the same as a function that Apple just introduced. It doesn’t take much imagination to know that Apple is going to ignore this request , and that two things can happen: that they end up in court or that Apple buys f.lux so that they don’t have any more problems with the company.
In Cupertino they are very fond of buying small companies, and we still don’t understand how they didn’t buy f.lux years ago to implement this technology in their systems, which they now do autonomously and shoot these small developers in the chest. We will see how long it takes for Night Shift to appear in OS X.