f.lux developers publish an official response to Apple’s iOS 9.3 Night Shift Feature

The creators of f.lux, the Mac and iOS utility that makes it easier to use bright screens in dark settings, have responded to Apple’s inclusion of Night Shift mode in iOS 9.3—a feature that duplicates f.lux’s primary feature.

There have been several discussions about the topic all over the internet, particularly on the /r/jailbreak subreddit. The issue has been so widely debated that the developers behind f.lux have now published an official response to Apple’s Night Shift feature, stating that Apple’s decision to address nighttime exposure to blue light a “big commitment and an important first step.” What’s a bit interesting here is that instead of calling Apple out on what many people are claiming was just copycatting, the developers are asking Apple to take its support a step further by implementing tools that would allow for the reintroduction of the f.lux for iOS app back into the App Store. Below is the quote where the developers state the aforementioned call-to-action:

A quote from f.lux:
There is a lot to be done. Indeed, workers on the “night shift” have nearly double the lifetime risk of cancer, and much of this is believed to be driven by exposure to bright light at the wrong times.
Apple’s involvement in fixing this problem is a big commitment and an important first step.
We’re proud that we are the original innovators and leaders in this area. In our continued work over the last seven years, we have learned how complicated people actually are. The next phase of f.lux is something we cannot wait to ship to the world.
It’s a nice response to what has to be a little hurtful given that the Night Shift’s functionality is highly similar to f.lux in almost every way. That said, f.lux is still campaigning to be included in the App Store:
Today we call on Apple to allow us to release f.lux on iOS, to open up access to the features announced this week, and to support our goal of furthering research in sleep and chronobiology. 


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