iOS 9 adoption hits 79%

Adoption of iOS 9 has slightly increased to 79%, according to March 7 Apple App Store stats. Sixteen percent of users are still on iOS 8; 5% are on a version below that.

I expect iOS 9.3 to launch at next week’s special Apple event. And look for iOS 10 to be announced at this summer’s Worldwide Developer Conference and go “live” in the fall.

As for iOS 9.3, it will sport a new feature called Night Shift that -- based on your location and clock -- shifts the colors on your iOS display from the usual cool bluish tones to warmer tones, making the light easier on your eyes and hopefully making it easier for you to fall asleep. In the morning, the display is back to its regular tones. 

Apple has added password and Touch ID protection to the Notes app, meaning that it's safe to start leaving those private items in Notes. Notes can be sorted by date created or modified, or alphabetically. 

The News app will add "better personalization" than it currently has, and there will be an "Editor's Pick" section as well for news discovery. On iPhone, you'll be able to see everything in landscape orientation instead of being stuck in portrait.

The Health app will sport a new slider that also helps you find new and useful health-related apps that can be added to your Health dashboard. The Health App will finally display move, exercise, and stand data from the Apple Watch. 

Finally, CarPlay all get several new features -- New and For You in Apple Music (once again to ease discovery of new music) and a Nearby feature in Maps to give you an idea of what services are available nearby.