iOS 9.3 Night Shift Mode Only Works on These 64-Bit iOS Devices [LIST]


Yesterday’s release of iOS 9.3 beta also shared new upcoming features, such as Night Shift Mode, which warms up colours on your display, to help you fall asleep easier (similar to f.lux).

However, it appears Night Shift Mode will only work on iPhones and iPads that support 64-bit processors, meaning A7 or higher. This means only the following devices will support Night Shift Mode:

  • iPhone 5s (A7)
  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (A8)
  • iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus (A9)
  • iPod touch six generation (A8)
  • iPad Air (A7)
  • iPad Air 2 (A8X)
  • iPad mini 2 (A7)
  • iPad mini 3 (A7)
  • iPad mini 4 (A8)
  • iPad Pro (A9X)

So if you don’t have one of these devices, precious Night Shift Mode won’t be available for you, if iOS 9.3 was released today as-is. Another beta could always introduce the feature for non-A7 devices, but knowing Apple, we will have to wait and see.


  • hub2

    It’s complete nonsense if in the end it’s only for 64-bit phones. The 5c (spec-wise the same as the 5) was still being sold new by Apple til about 3 months ago. You can’t tell me that changing the gamma according to local sunrise/sunset or custom schedule is something that requires a 64-bit CPU, or would eat up considerable testing cycles… it’s not as critical as, say, making sure alarms work the first workday after a daylight savings change /sarcasm

    Sigh… at least I can still sideload GoodNight if Apple really is that incompetent.

  • Shameer Mulji

    This could be a segue to iOS 10 being 64-bit only.