Apple has released the iOS 11.3 update, which contains an important new option to disable the controversial battery throttling “feature” that slows down older iPhones. That’s not the only thing available, but it’s the most significant change for users to expect.
The iPhone Battery Health function is apparently still in beta, but will function to do its best to maintain the longevity of batteries in the device. What it actually does is simply monitor the battery and informs the user if the ‘ performance management feature ‘ is active. It will also bring up a notification if the battery needs replacing.
Apple has also enhanced the privacy features on iOS with this update, providing a detailed explanation for each app will do with the user’s data; this also links to information about what Apple is doing to protect and secure the data. Considering the current outcry against personal data collection, this is perhaps the safest move from the company.
ARkit 1.5 has been introduced with iOS 11.3, which now enhanced the ability of the device to recognise vertical surfaces. All this does is allow the system to place virtual objects like walls and doors, instead of only being limited to tables and floors.
On a less serious note, four new animoji have been added to the mix. Users will now be able to animate a lion, bear, dragon and skull.
A new health records feature that allows users to look up their medical information is also being trialed in the US. It’s unknown how long this will take to spread to the rest of the world, considering how protected most medical records happen to be.
iPhone and iPad users can now download and install the iOS 11.3 update. The iOS support page has a more detailed change log for those looking for a full rundown of the improvements.