The iOS 11.3 beta is now available to download for the iOS Developer Program members while the stable iOS 11.3 release will begin in spring this year
Apple has announced that the upcoming iOS 11.3 update will address the recently-decried functionality that led to the iPhone slowdowns, along with additional features. The iOS 11.3 will bring features such as giving users power to control and track the health of iPhone batteries, Augmented Reality (AR) upgrade, new Animojis, and a new Health Records feature. The iOS 11.3 beta is now available to download for the iOS Developer Program members. The stable iOS 11.3 release will begin in spring this year.
The biggest improvement that iOS 11.3 will bring is the ‘Batteries and Performance’, which will allow iPhone users to see the battery health and recommend when a battery needs to be serviced. Following the iPhone slowdown debacle that made Apple apologise and cut the replacement battery prices for iPhones, this new feature will give transparency to the iPhone users over “the power management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns”. This was originally introduced in iOS 10.2.1 and can be found in Settings > Battery. Apple says that this feature will roll out to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus.
Apple CEO Tim Cook in a recent interview with ABC said that in addition to providing control over the battery health, iPhone users will be informed when their iPhone performance is being slowed down by Apple, to which they could either accept or deny the activity. However, the iOS 11.3 changelog doesn’t mention this feature yet. The new battery health feature will be released in a later iOS 11.3 beta release for the aforementioned iPhone models.
In the new update, Apple ARKit, the company’s AR development platform that could only recognise horizontal surfaces while placing virtual objects, gets support to identify vertical objects now. “Using advanced computer vision techniques to find and recognize the position of 2D images such as signs, posters, and artwork, ARKit can integrate these real-world images into AR experiences such as filling a museum with interactive exhibits or bringing a movie poster to life,” Apple said in a statement. Besides, the Cupertino-based giant said that the view in AR now has 50 percent clearer resolution and supports autofocus to further sharpen the images.
The iOS 11.3 also introduces four new Animoji, giving iPhone X users even more ways to “express” themselves. “This spring, iOS 11.3 will deliver exciting new ways to experience Augmented Reality on iPhone and iPad, new Animoji on iPhone X and the ability to view health records in the Health app,” Apple said. The new additions include a dragon, bear, skull, and lion for a total of 16 different characters featured as Animoji now.
Furthermore, Apple has introduced a new Health Records feature to its Health app. This app will essentially congregate all the medical data from hospitals, clinics, and other medical service providers. “Patients from participating medical institutions will have information from various institutions organised into one view and receive regular notifications for their lab results, medications, conditions and more.”