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Apple Releases First iOS 11.3 Beta w/ ARKit Updates, New Animoji, Health Records

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After previewing the software early today, Apple has released the first developer beta of iOS 11.3 for testing on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A public beta will arrive in the coming days. To install the new build on your registered device, head over to Settings > General > Software Update. Tap “Download and install” next to the iOS 11.3 beta listing and you’ll be good to go. I recommend jumping on a Wi-Fi network first alongside plugging in your device beforehand as a) you don’t want data overcharges on your bill and b) you don’t want your phone or tablet to die during the installation process.

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iOS 11.3 includes new upgrades for ARKit such as 2D and vertical object detection alongside 1080p experiences. New Animoji are also here in the form of a lion, dragon, bear, and skull. We’re also getting our first glimpse at Business Chat for corporations alongside your own Health Records collected by the Health app. Music videos in Apple Music, improvements to the News app, better security for HomeKit, and support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) are all also present.

Apple will also introduce battery performance stats in a future iOS 11.3 build.

We’ll let you know of any further changes in today’s upgrade right here.


Update 1: Messages in iCloud are currently in beta form with iOS 11.3 beta 1. Users are prompted to enable the feature upon first launching the Messages app after upgrading to iOS 11.3. The feature was first announced as a part of iOS 11 but hasn’t shipped until now.

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With the feature, you can sync all of your messages found on your iPhone across devices such as iPad, Mac, and iPod. You also won’t lose any messages you may have sent. In other words, you now have unlimited text threads. Fun.

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