Apple has just released a preview of its upcoming iOS 11.3 update including new AR experience, new Animoji characters, health records in Health app, and more. As promised, the update also allows users to turn off the power management feature that might throttle the performance of older iPhones.
Apple first launched ARKit on iOS 11, bringing new augmented reality experiences to hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users. The company has been working hard on innovating this technology, and the latest ARKit 1.5 update will provide even more immersive AR experience. According to Apple, in addition to horizontal surfaces like tables and chairs, ARKit can now recognise vertical surfaces like walls and doors; it also brings better accuracy to mapping irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables.
iOS 11.3 also brings a special treat to iPhone X users with 4 new Animoji characters. With the update, iPhone X users can make cute expressions and even Animoji Karaoke videos of themselves as a lion, bear, dragon or skull.
Last month, Apple admitted that they throttle older iPhones with degraded batteries to “deliver the best experience for customers”. The company says that it does that to prevent unwanted shutdowns, but as expected, users were not happy. Apple started offering big discounts on replacing batteries on older iPhones, but if you’re not satisfied with the solution, the company is finally going to allow you to disable the feature on iOS 11.3. The feature can be found in Settings > Battery, and is available for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The update also shows battery health for the iPhone 6 and up.
Other notable updates on iOS 11.3 include the ability to add health records in Health app, a new Business Chat for users to communicate directly with businesses right within the Messages app, streaming music videos from Apple Music, HomeKit software authentication, and support for Advanced Mobile Location. Check out Apple now to find out more about iOS 11.3.
iOS 11.3 is available as a developer preview to iOS Developer Program members. The public beta version will be released later, and the final version will be available “this spring” as a free software update for iPhone 5s and up, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini2 and up, and iPod touch 6th generation.
(Source: Apple Newsroom)