Apple Releases iOS 11.3 with Faster Performance, Better Battery Monitoring, New Animoji, More

After a series of betas, Apple today released iOS 11.3 to the general public. The update is currently hitting all users’ iPhones and iPads as we speak. To install the update, head over to Settings > General > Software Update. Tap “Download and install” next to the iOS 11.3 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.

iOS 11.3 includes a new battery health monitoring system for older iPhones. In the past, Apple didn’t specify how it managed your battery as it got older, but thanks to an outcry by users, the company now discloses your power pack’s capabilities in a new interface within Settings. The feature also brings back peak performance from when your iPhone was new and fresh out of the box. More info on the feature can be found here.

There’s also a ton of other new upgrades in iOS 11.3. It includes new features 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 present as well.

However, what we’re not seeing in the final version of iOS 11.3 that was present in the beta is iMessage in the Cloud. This is to allow users to store their texts in the cloud and not lose access to older messages. It’s unclear why the feature isn’t present, but it’ll no doubt come in a future iOS release.

We’ll let you know of any additional features that are discovered down the road.

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