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June 1, 2017
MacOS Sierra 10.12.4 update comes with Night Shift options

When Apple updates the macOS operating system, much of the time there will be security updates to help protect your computer. In this version, they have also released a new feature called Night Shift to enhance your view during evening hours. Back up all your data and then go to the app store and install all available updates.

Before I get into the new Night Shift option, there are a few other improvements that I wanted to mention quickly. For example, according to Apple, this update also includes: Siri support for cricket sports scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council, dictation support for Shanghainese, resolves several PDF rendering and annotation issues in Preview, improves the visibility of the subject line when using Conversation View in Mail and fixes an issue that may prevent content from appearing in Mail messages. I mention these to give you an idea of the type of improvements an update can provide and how important it is to be certain you have installed all your macOS updates.

Night Shift is available for the following: “MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or later), MacBook (Early 2015 or later), MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or later), Mac mini (Late 2012 or later), iMac (Late 2012 or later), and Mac Pro (Late 2013).

Once you enable Night Shift, the display on your Mac will adjust its colors so it uses less blue light and instead uses what Apple states is: “the warmer end of the spectrum.” Turn on this feature to see if it is something you prefer. During daytime, your Mac will go back to using more blue light.

Open System Preferences through the Apple menu and select Displays. Select the Night Shift tab near the top of the box. To enable, select Sunset to Sunrise from the Schedule drop-down menu.

There are three statements Apple includes with Night Shift: 1. “This may help you get a better night’s sleep,” 2. “Night Shift does not apply to connected televisions or projectors” and 3. “Warmer settings may affect the appearance of some onscreen motion.” If you use connect an additional monitor, Night Shift will only be available on your primary display.

Give Night Shift a try and if you don’t like it, you can easily go back and disable the feature.

For 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 400 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at ScottLindsay@live.com

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