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

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    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.

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    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

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    Sad that this kills the need for F.lux for Mac, to a degree (https://justgetflux.com/). They've done a great job on it for so long, and definitely did it first.
     
  3. GubbyMan macrumors 6502

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

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    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.
     
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    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

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    This will be very useful for doing astronomy with dark adjusted eyes.
     
  8. anyjungleinguy macrumors regular

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

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    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

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    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?
     
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    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

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    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.
     
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    Ugh. I could never use Night Shift. I deeply value my colour accuracy.

    But it's a good feature for those who don't.
     
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    Night Shift coming to macOS is just about the biggest feature for me, in the last couple of OS releases.
     
  16. KALLT macrumors 601

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    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.
     
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    OMG !!!! macOS Sierra with new night shift mode?!
     
  18. tywebb13 macrumors 68020

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    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
     
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    Shanghainese dictation AND cricket scores??? WOW . . now it's a worthy upgrade!!!!! :rolleyes: And they said Apple doesn't innovate anymore..
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    I just updated, and I don't have that option. What mac are you using? I have a 2014 mbp retina and nothing there.
     
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    2015 13" MBP
     

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