Hot on the heels of the release of the new iPad, Apple has released iOS 11.3. This is the latest release of Apple’s operating system for its iPads and iPhones. So, what does this release bring to the table? Well, let’s go ahead and take a look:
First of all, some of you might remember that iOS intentionally slowed down the phone on older batteries. Well in your settings you will now get a battery health section where you can see the condition of your battery and whether or not you need to bring in your iPad/iPhone for servicing. This feature is available for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Additionally, Apple is now going to let you know when an app wants to use your data and how that data will be used. A new icon with two people shaking hands will show up to whenever an app wants to use your data.
If you are into Animojis then there are some new ones to take advantage of. These include the lion, bear, dragon and skull.
There is now a Health Records feature in iOS 11.3. If your local health institutions(or hospitals) have opted into this, then you will be able to see lab results, medications, conditions and more. Of course, you have to give Health Records permission to access that data.
There is now a new feature called Business Chat in the Messages app. Business Chat is live in the USA and Canada right now! This will allow you to speak to a human being when you want to ask a business a question or buy something. Yes, you can even use Apple Pay to pay for a product. At this time there is no information on when Business Chat will go live for us here in the UK or other countries.
Last but not least there are now some updates for Augmented Reality (AR). There is now support for experiences that use a vertical surface like a wall or a horizontal surface like a table. For example, this means that an app that uses AR will let you get up close to a painting.
iOS 11.3 is available right now. If you are unsure about how to download it, check out this support page on Apple’s Website.