Apple unveils its iOS 11.3 software update featuring new animoji for iPhone X, battery service warnings and access to your health records

  • Apple’s iOS 11.3 will launch this spring but an initial beta is available today
  • iOS 11.3 brings improvements to Apple Music, Apple News, and HomeKit
  • Other standout features include a new set of Animoji, an ARKit update, and the ability to view personal health records 

Apple has revealed a host of highly-anticipated features for iPhone users in its iOS 11.3 software update.

Among them is the ability to turn off a controversial ‘throttling’ feature which slows down phones as their batteries age.

The latest version of the operating system also delivers new Animoji on iPhone X, an ARKit update and the ability to view health records in the Health app.

Meanwhile, improvements have been made to Apple Music, Apple News, and HomeKit.

Apple says iOS 11.3 will be available to users in the spring, and a developer test version will be released today.

Batteries and Performance

Tim Cook hinted at it last week, and it has now been confirmed. iOS 11.3 will let you turn off the throttling of older iPhones.

The new 11.3 includes an option to disable Apple’s performance throttling feature that is used to slow iPhones that contain old batteries.

With the feature, Apple says users will be able to ‘see if the power management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns, first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, is on and can choose to turn it off.’

More detailed information on battery health for the iPhone 6 and later will also be provided in the update, and will recommend if a battery needs to be serviced.

The move follows criticism of the firm last when it was discovered that the company throttles the performance of older iPhones to prevent unexpected shutdowns caused by ageing batteries.

The firm still faces several lawsuits from customers in states including California, New York and Illinois, as well as customers in Israel and France.

In response, Apple issued a public apology and reduced its fee for battery replacement from $79 (£79) to $29 (£25).

WHAT ARE THE NEW UPDATES IN APPLE’S iOS 11.3?

 – The update with feature  ARKit 1.5. which has new tools so developers can create better augmented reality apps.

– Messages will get new four new Animoji, giving iPhone X users the ability to express themselves as a lion, bear, dragon or skull  

  – Apple Music will soon be the home for music videos. Users can stream all the music videos they want without being interrupted by ads.

 – Apple News now makes it easier to stay up-to-date on the big videos of the day with a new Video group in For You, and improved Top Stories.

– HomeKit software authentication provides a new way for developers to add HomeKit support to existing accessories while protecting privacy and security.

– 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.

– Business Chat will be included, a new tool that allows users to communicate directly with businesses right within Messages

– iOS 11.3 adds new features to show battery health and recommend if a battery needs to be serviced

– The new Health Records feature brings together hospitals, clinics and the existing Health app to make it easy for consumers to see their available medical data from multiple providers

Apple’s iOS 11.3 will be available this spring as a free software update for iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch 6th generation

New AR Experiences

The introduction of ARKit with iOS 11 put augmented reality into the hands of hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users, making iOS the world’s biggest AR platform.

Apple continues to build on this technology, bringing ARKit 1.5 to developers to provide even more immersive AR experiences.

These aim to better integrate with the world and give developers the tools to power a new generation of AR apps.

In addition to horizontal surfaces like tables and chairs, ARKit can now recognise and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, and can more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables.

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.

That includes filling a museum with interactive exhibits or bringing a movie poster to life.

The view of the real world through the camera now has 50 per cent greater resolution and supports auto-focus for an even sharper perspective.

Messages Gets New Animoji

Animoji have been a hit with iPhone X users, who’ve used their voice and facial expressions to record and send Animoji messages and even create Animoji karaoke videos.

iOS 11.3 introduces four new Animoji, giving iPhone X users the ability to express themselves as a lion, bear, dragon or skull.

Working with the A11 Bionic chip and TrueDepth camera in iPhone X, over 50 different facial muscle movements are captured, analysed and then animated.

iPhone X users can now send Animoji messages as one of 16 different characters.

Business Chat

Business Chat is a new way for users to communicate directly with businesses from directly within the Messages app.

This feature will launch in Beta iOS 11.3 goes public this spring.

It will feature support of select businesses including Discover, Hilton, Lowe’s and Wells Fargo.

With Business Chat, users can have a conversation with customer service representatives, schedule appointments or make purchases using Apple Pay in the Messages app.

Business Chat doesn’t share the user’s contact information with businesses and gives users the ability to stop chatting at any time.

Health Records in Health App

The new Health Records feature brings together hospitals, clinics and the existing Health app to make it easy for consumers to see their available medical data from multiple providers.

Patients from participating medical institutions will have information from various institutions organised into one view.

They will also receive regular notifications for their lab results, medications, conditions and more.

Health Records data is encrypted and protected with a passcode.

Additional iOS 11.3 Features

Apple Music will soon be the home for music videos.

Users can stream all the music videos they want without being interrupted by ads.

They can also watch the hottest new videos, the classics or ones from their favourite artists back-to-back in new music video playlists.

Apple News now makes it easier to stay up-to-date on the most important videos of the day with a new Video group in For You, and improved Top Stories.

HomeKit software authentication provides a great new way for developers to add HomeKit support to existing accessories while protecting privacy and security.

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.

 

Originally posted by Dailymail.

 


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