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Apple Releases Second iOS 11.3 Beta

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Apple today seeded testers with the second beta build of iOS 11.3 for testing on devices like the iPhone and iPad. This comes just short of two weeks after the first build was released. 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.

iMessages in the cloud are also now being tested.

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


Update: Apple has included its promised battery stats in iOS 11.3 beta 2 for older devices dating back to the iPhone 7 and earlier. In the Battery section of the Settings app, you’ll find a new option called Battery Health (Beta). Tap it and you’ll be presented by how much charge your battery can hold and how healthy it is. According to the app, my iPhone 7’s battery is pretty healthy and I can sustain “normal peak performance.” I’m assuming my phone isn’t throttled anymore, but I’m not sure.

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More details can be found here as to what each message means regarding your phone.

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