Apple Releases iOS 11.3 With Battery Health Feature, New Animoji and More

Apple Releases iOS 11.3 With Battery Health Feature, New Animoji and More

Apple Releases iOS 11.3 With Battery Health Feature, New Animoji and More

After a series of beta releases, Apple has finally rolled out the much-anticipated iOS 11.3 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod users.

Apple tipped the new battery health features earlier this year following the revelation that it intentionally cranked down iPhone CPU speeds without telling anyone. Previously, iOS automatically limited performance in the name of longer battery life, if the battery had diminished in capacity beyond 80 percent. In addition, the maintenance will be released until September.

Four new Animoji are arriving for iPhone X users: a lion, bear, skull and dragon. By visiting Settings ⇾ Battery ⇾ Battery Health (Beta), users can now see a percentage representing the health of their battery.

Animojis can be used to send customized messages that track your facial expressions and speech.

Like Facebook Messenger, iMessage is gaining the capability to let users talk with businesses. To try it out, search for a business in Maps, Safari, Search, or via Siri, and you may see the option to text the company. Within the conversation, the vendor can even list items for sale that can be instantly purchased using Apple Pay - all without leaving the app. If done well, Business Chat sounds likely to offer a greatly improved customer support avenue over standard web chat interfaces.


Users in US and Canada get Beta version of Apple's Business Chat, a new messaging feature that provides users with a new way to communicate directly with businesses, reach a live person to ask a question or make a purchase using Apple Pay, on the go or at home.

This is turning out to be a big week for Apple, because just two days after unveiling a new iPad, the Cupertino company has also released a major software update.

Additionally, ARKit has been refined to work better with irregularly-shaped surfaces, including circular tables.

"A new privacy icon and detailed privacy information will appear whenever Apple asks for access to personal information to enable features, secure Apple services or personalize an iOS experience", the release said.

The medical information - such as allergies, medical conditions, vaccinations, lab tests, medical procedures, and vitals - will be available to iPhone users who are patients at 39 health systems that are working with Apple, including Stanford Medicine and Johns Hopkins. Also, it will be expected from the Windows to update their laptop and desktop devices.

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