Apple Seeds First macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Beta With New Night Shift Mode to Developers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.4 update to developers, more than one month after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.2 and four months since the debut of the new macOS Sierra operating system. macOS Sierra 10.12.4 one day after Apple released macOS Sierra 10.12.3.

    The first macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta is available for download through the Apple Developer Center or the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store. A public beta will likely be available for public beta testers later this week.


    We don't yet know exactly what features, bug fixes, or changes will be introduced in the macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta, but because it accompanies iOS 10.3, it could be a more significant update that focuses on changes beyond bug fixes. According to Apple, the update includes a new Night Shift mode that automatically shifts the display color to the warmer end of the spectrum after night, offering Mac users an alternative to F.lux. Night Shift has been available on iOS devices since iOS 9.3.

    macOS Sierra 10.12.4 also includes Shanghainese dictation support for converting text to speech, and Siri will soon gain the ability to display cricket scores.

    Article Link: Apple Seeds First macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Beta With New Night Shift Mode to Developers
  2. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2008
    Sad that this kills the need for F.lux for Mac, to a degree ( They've done a great job on it for so long, and definitely did it first.
  3. GubbyMan macrumors 6502


    Apr 3, 2011
    Finally, Night Shift on Mac. I wonder if it will work on the Touch Bar.
  4. TigerWoodsIV macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Unless it works better than f.lux, which is doubtful, meh... Wish they would've done this a while ago. F.lux is amazingly helpful at night.
  5. PowerBook-G5 macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2013
    The United States of America
    Pictures, details, people. We'd love them when possible!
  6. iHack13 macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2009
    city of octoberfest
    I will probably continue using f.lux. They have so much experience on this.
    f.lux on my mac is way better than the apple's toggle on my ipad.
  7. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    This will be very useful for doing astronomy with dark adjusted eyes.
  8. anyjungleinguy macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2012
    Hope Night Shift is supported on all Macs that can run Seirra.
  9. konqerror macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2013
    F.lux just changes the OS's built in color management settings. So I can't see how you are assuming f.lux works better.
  10. neliason macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2015
    Flux works great but I wouldn't mind it being built into the OS. Maybe there are advantages, especially for folks like me with somewhat older hardware. I wonder why it has taken this long to get it moved into macOS?
  11. Mr. Dee macrumors 68000

    Mr. Dee

    Dec 4, 2003
    This seems like a major update before they shift all focus to macOS 10.13 and iOS 11. Maybe with Microsoft launching Windows 10 Creators Update in March with Blue light support pushed them to do this ahead of 10.13.
  12. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    Does it do its *job* better? Are the options better? Is how gradually it fades on and off better? There's a lot about these two things that will be different besides how deeply one is integrated into the OS.
  13. lunarworks macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Ugh. I could never use Night Shift. I deeply value my colour accuracy.

    But it's a good feature for those who don't.
  14. tywebb13 macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2012
  15. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Night Shift coming to macOS is just about the biggest feature for me, in the last couple of OS releases.
  16. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I will likely ditch f.lux for this. I imagine that Apple will be in a better position to offer this feature in an efficient way. f.lux also has longstanding issues that will probably never get fixed, such as the fact that shortly after a reboot or during a f.lux update, the effect is not enabled, and the flickering when switching to a full-screen game at a different resolution. Perhaps it will also work better with multiple displays.
  17. ka-spot macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2012
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    OMG !!!! macOS Sierra with new night shift mode?!
  18. tywebb13 macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2012
    Unlike recent betas this one has focus areas from the seed note:

      • Please focus testing on the following areas:
        • Night Shift preference for automatically shifting the colors of your display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark
        • Siri support for checking Cricket scores, schedules, and player rosters from the Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council
        • Dictation support for Shanghainese
        • Displaying, manipulating and generating PDFs with system-provided APIs
  19. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    Shanghainese dictation AND cricket scores??? WOW . . now it's a worthy upgrade!!!!! :rolleyes: And they said Apple doesn't innovate anymore..
  20. tipoo macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2017
    Welp, there goes f.lux. I feel for them, but they also had an issue with whites blowing up on some (maybe specifically intel graphics) Macs, safe to assume this works better.

    Though night shift on the iOS side was lacking in settings, maybe f.lux on Mac can compete on features.
  21. Victor Mortimer macrumors regular

    Victor Mortimer

    Apr 17, 2016
    Yeah, that's about where I am on it. I can't stand the color shift, I turn it off whenever I have to touch a device using it.

    I can't stand colored sunglasses either, neutral gray is a requirement for me.
  22. Vashetti macrumors regular


    Nov 17, 2015
  23. maccswe macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2013

    I just updated, and I don't have that option. What mac are you using? I have a 2014 mbp retina and nothing there.
  24. Vashetti macrumors regular


    Nov 17, 2015
    2015 13" MBP

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