Just a month after releasing iOS 11.2.6, Apple has just released iOS 11.3, the twelfth official update to the iOS 11 operating system, which debuted last September.

iOS 11.3 is a major update that introduces a list of new features, highlighted by the introduction of a new “Battery Health” feature, designed to provide users with more information about their batteries, and it’s a function Apple had promised since receiving backlash over slowing down older iPhones with power management features.

In addition, iOS 11.3 introduces ARKit 1.5, which will allow developers to do even more with augmented reality apps, including more accuracy, image and object recognition, and allowing virtual objects to be placed on vertical surfaces. The update also includes a new Health Records feature in the U.S. that compiles all of your medical records in one easy-to-access place, as well as four new Animoji (dragon, bear, skull, and lion) only for the iPhone X.

As with all updates, this latest also addresses several notable software bugs and stability improvements, as you can read highlights from Apple’s full release notes below:

Augmented Reality

– ARKit 1.5 allows developers to place digital objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors in addition to horizontal surfaces

– Adds support for detecting and incorporating images like movie posters or artwork into AR experiences

– Supports a higher resolution real world camera view when using AR experiences

iPhone Battery Health (Beta)

– Displays information on iPhone maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability

– Indicates if the performance management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns is on and includes the option to disable it

– Recommends if a battery needs to be replaced

Animoji

– Introduces four new Animoji on iPhone X: lion, bear, dragon and skull

Privacy

– When an Apple feature asks to use your personal information, an icon now appears along with a link to detailed information explaining how your data will be used and protected

Business Chat (Beta) – US only

– Communicate with companies to easily ask questions, schedule appointments, and make purchases inside the built-in Messages app on iPhone and iPad

Health Records (Beta) – US only

– Access health records and view lab results, immunizations, and more in a consolidated timeline in the Health app

You can learn more about iOS 11 on Apple’s website now.

Also, Apple’s Space Gray iMac Pro accessories are now sold separately.

Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

scribbling by day, architect by night

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