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'Shared iPad' in Apple's iOS 9.3 update is a big deal

Apple this week offered a preview of features in the upcoming release of iOS 9.3. Those features include a range of consumer enhancements, including Night Shift, a viewing mode that minimizes the output of blue light that can disrupt sleep patterns; significant improvements in the iPhone’s health tracking capabilities; the ability to secure notes; and improvements to CarPlay and the iOS News app.

The most significant changes, however, are aimed at the education market, though it’s likely those changes will eventually reshape iPad use in the office and at home.

The advances in education capabilities come as Chromebooks are making massive inroads in K-12 education, a market Apple has largely dominated for years.

iOS 9.3 introduces a range of education features: