Following weeks of seeding developer and public betas, Apple has now seen fit to release the next major version of iOS to the public.
Today, Apple has launched iOS 11.3. With it, the company is bringing plenty of new features to the fore, along with some must-have new tweaks to the operating system. There are also the general improvements and bug squashing behind-the-scenes. iOS 11.3 is available to download now, so if you have a supported iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you can install the new software beginning today.
iOS 11.3 includes a variety of new features and additions, including brand new Animoji to share like a lion, dragon, and others. This new version of iOS also includes an update to ARKit, bringing the version number up to 1.5 and adding support for recognizing physical surfaces like walls, and the software can also track even more items within the camera’s field-of-view. iOS 11.3 also includes the new iMessage for Business, which will let businesses use Apple’s Messages to directly communicate with consumers.
The new software also includes a new battery health feature, which will allow owners of an iPhone 6 or newer model to check the health of their battery right on their device. And on older phones, owners will be able to activate or deactivate Apple’s built-in throttling feature.
And here are the major new additions in a quick list:
- ARKit 1.5: With this update, developers will be able to make far more immersive experiences in apps that support augmented reality experiences. That includes recognizing physical surfaces, letting users put items on vertical objects (like a wall), and ARKit will be able to track more objects, including circular tables, more accurately. It will also support 2D objects.
- New Animoji: The four new Animoji are available for iPhone X owners, at least until Apple rolls out that particular feature to more devices. The four new entries are a lion, a bear, a dragon, and a skull.
- iMessage for Business: iMessage for Business will let users quickly chat with a specific organization, like a hardware store or bank, without providing any personal information unless specifically sent by the user. It will also let users pay for items via the secure mobile payment option, Apple Pay.
- Health data: iOS will privately secure even more health data with this launch. However, that data can also be shared with a variety of different medical services and providers.
- Battery health: Initially announced for an early 2018 launch, the battery health indicator will be available with iOS 11.3 in the spring. With it, owners of iPhone 6 devices or newer will be able to get battery health information, which will let them know if the battery needs to be replaced or not. It will also provide the ability to activate or deactivate Apple’s built-in throttling feature. You can see more of the new Battery Health feature through here.
- Apple Music: The streaming service will soon be the home for music videos. Users can stream all the music videos they want without being interrupted by ads. They can also watch the hottest new videos, the classics or ones from their favourite artists back-to-back in new music video playlists.
- HomeKit: Software authentication provides a great new way for developers to add HomeKit support to existing accessories while protecting privacy and security.
- Advanced Mobile Location (AML): Automatically send a user’s current location when making a call to emergency services in countries where AML is supported.
iOS 11.3 is available to download and install now. Are you planning on upgrading right away?