Apple has been accused of building in planned obsolescence to more than a few products, but we need to remember one important aspected of these yearly macOS and iOS upgrades. They make older Macs, iPhones, and iPads work better than they did when new.
That doesn’t mean that new features couldn’t be improved even more. Apple has plenty on its profitable plate these days so does not always get around to adding new features where users might benefit. Take Night Shift. Puhleeze.
Wherever possible and affordable, Apple engages in the time honored KISS method. Keep It Simple, Stupid. That’s what Night Shift is. Drop dead simple with few options.
Take a look.
Those are Apple’s Night Shift controls. Set a schedule which you control. Set it manually. Or, set Night Shift to run according to sunrise and sunset at your location.
What if you want more options? That’s what Shifty brings to the Mac. Shortcuts, Toggle, auto Login, different icon, scheduled mode, and one-click options to disable and enable, plus the all important slider for color temperature.
Not bad for free, right? Wait. There’s more!
Shifty’s Preferences are where the real fun begins because that’s where you get more controls. Shifty can be set up to launch when you log into your Mac. It sets the Menubar icon so a click does the Quick Toggle thing between Night Shift and not-Night Shift.
Of course, there’s a schedule for dark mode and more.
The Menubar also features an option to turn off Night Shift or keep it enabled until sunrise. That assumes you work on your Mac at crazy hours. Shifty also supports website shifting on a few popular browsers– Safari, Chrome, and Vivaldi. Not Firefox, Opera, or Brave, though.
I should mention that while Shifty is free, it’s really donationware. If you like it, the developer would appreciate a tip. You decide.
Otherwise, this is a very easy way to fix some of Night Shift’s shortcomings.