Apple Released New iOS 11.3 update
Apple released their new iOS 11.3 for devices and it delivers a short list of changes including ARKit 1.5, Battery Health, New Animojis and a little bug fixes.
With all prior iOS 11 releases, iOS 11.3 is compatible with the iPhone 5S or later, iPad mini 2 or later and 6th generation iPod touch or later. With the above compatibile devices Apple should automatically prompt you to install the update, it can be manually triggered manually by going to Settings > General > Software Update. While iOS updates always vary in size (different features/fixes apply to different devices), iOS 11.3 is much bigger than normal coming in at 700MB. If you are upgrading from iOS 10 (or even iOS 9), note that iOS 11.3 will roll up all iOS 11 releases into a single major upgrade so expect that to be several gigabytes.
Top 7 Features included
1. ARKit 1.5
With the iOS 11.3, Apple has released ARKit 1.5 with this feature you can use vertical surfaces such as walls and doors in addition to horizontal surfaces such as the floor, tables, chairs to accurately map your surroundings.
“Using advanced computer vision techniques to find and recognise 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,” says Apple. ARKit 1.5 will also support autofocus in AR views.
2. New Animojis with iOS 11.3
These new Animojis are specific to iPhone X users. As we see more Android phone makers letting you play around with AR stickers and animations, Apple also made a decison to add more Animojis to its latest update. Among the new creatures, you get a lion, a dragon, a skull and a bear Animojis. The bear looks visually different from the panda bear Animoji that was present in iOS 11. The Animojis still function the same as before, mapping your facial muscles to the animated characters and making them interact.
3. Battery Health Indicator
The new iOS 11.3 release brings a new option to manage iPhone’s battery health. This new option shows the battery health of an iPhone and recommends the user if the battery needs to be serviced. The new battery health option is rolling out to iPhone 6 and later models. To enable the option you can head to the Setting menu > and then to Battery option.
4. Data and Privacy Information
The new iOS 11.3 release comes with new updated data and privacy information. This also means Apple will now tell you every time an app seeks access to private data.
“A new privacy icon and detailed privacy information will appear whenever Apple asks for access to personal information to enable features, secure Apple services or personalise an iOS experience,” said Apple.
5. Business Chat
Business Chat feature will only be launching in the US and Canada and is concerned with helping users to communicate more easily with businesses or reach out to a live person to ask questions as well as to make a purchase using Apple Pay. This communication will happen in your Messages app.
6. Health Records
Health Record feature is aimed at providing patients with quick access to their medical information including lab results, medications, conditions and more from around 40 supported health institutions on their iPhone or iPad. The Health Records data is encrypted and protected with a passcode that reduces the chances of it being misused from these devices.
7. Other 11.3 Fixes
Apple has also added some minor features to iOS 11.3. Those are listed below:
- Apple Music will now stream music videos without any ad interruptions
- iOS 11.3 brings Apple News will have a new ‘Video’ group in the ‘For You’ section.
- Apple TV app will now be available in Brazil and Mexico in addition to US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK.
- Support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) to automatically send a user’s current location when making a call to emergency services in countries where AML is supported.