Apple previews iOS 11.3, which will bring features like battery health info, new Animoji, and ARKit 1.5


Now that iOS 11.2.5 is out, Apple is placing a focus on iOS 11.3, and today the company gave a preview of the features that’ll be included in this new update.

iOS 11.3 will bring with it new features in response to the recent news that Apple slowed performance on older iPhones with aging batteries. Specifically, the update will show battery health and recommend if the battery needs to be services. iOS will also show if Apple’s performance management feature is on and allow users to disable it.

Apple will also add new Animoji for iPhone X users in iOS 11.3. Four new characters will be added, including a dragon, a bear, a lion, and a skull.


Along with new Animoji, a new Business Chat feature is coming to Messages in iOS 11.3. This feature will let you chat with businesses, set appointments, and order products. Businesses won’t get your personal info during a chat, and you can leave whenever you’d like. The businesses that’ll participate in the iOS 11.3 Business Chat beta include Discover, Hilton, Lowe’s and Wells Fargo.

Health data is getting an upgrade in iOS 11.3, too. Apple’s new Health Records feature will bring together all of your health data from participating hospitals and clinics as well as your existing Health data into a single place. You can also get notifications about lab results, medications, and more here. Health Records data is encrypted and requires a passcode.

Apple is beefing up its augmented reality offering in iOS 11.3 with ARKit 1.5. With it, ARKit can recognize vertical surfaces like walls and doors and place objects on them and can better map irregularly shaped surfaces. The view of the real world through the camera is improving, too, with 50 percent greater resolution and autofocus.

Other new features coming with iOS 11.3 include music videos in Apple Music, improved Top Stories and a Video group in the For You section of Apple News, HomeKit software authentication, and Advanced Mobile Location support to automatically send your location when making a call to emergency services.

It’s looking like iOS 11.3 will be a significant update, which is interesting to see this far into iOS 11’s life. Many folks will welcome Apple being more transparent about slowing performance on older iPhones with aging batteries, especially since that can be disabled, and ARKit 1.5 ought to really give a boost to augmented reality apps.

An iOS 11.3 beta is available to developers today and will be offered to public testers in the Apple Beta Software Program soon. The full update will launch to the public this spring.

Source: Apple

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  • Sayahh

    “Specifically, the update will show battery health and recommend if the battery needs to be services.”

    So… like a “check engine” light?

    • state10

      The Samsung 6 already have that, it’s old technology.

      • Sayahh

        Does the S7 have it? Which menu?

      • Ben

        LOL at Samsung people who think we buy phones because of “technology.” Android is buggy and virus-prone and your texts show up green on every girl’s phone, which often means she deletes you or thinks you’re poor.

        • Sayahh

          So that’s a good thing. Why would you date shallow girls?

        • Chad Revlett

          Sadly enough you are very very wrong. Do your background research. Samsung is much larger and more qualified over apple. Hence the reason they make majority of Their phones. Screen processor etc. Yes that big bad processor in the x is made by Samsung.

        • sanguiseritmeus

          Oh ok. Well that clears it all up, thanks! Because you said so, I believe. The fact that you’re even ON this Apple page screams iPhone envy. I’m laughing…

        • Spanky

          “that big bad processor in the x is made by Samsung”

          “Made by” being the operative term. It’s designed by Apple. Also, it’s manufactured by TSMC, not Samsung.

      • (J²)

        It’s a software feature. The feature was prominently used on Android OS because manufacturers often used cheaper batteries that degrade until it no longer holds a charge.

        At least iPhone batteries are suppose to maintain a percentage of its charge over the batteries lifetime.

        Let’s not forget why this feature exists in the first place.

  • John Mattos

    Everybody ready for all the people with old hardware freaking out because their phones shut down when they turn off the throttling? I am.

    • UniBroW

      People get what they ask for

  • John Leite

    When will they fix the general slowness of IOS11. Never had
    any issues with IOS10.

  • Matt Elerding

    Will Apple EVER get with the program and finally add a feature allowing users to formally archive and / or file their text messages?? It seems that every new update provides us with 6,000 new Emojis that we will never use but when it comes to VERY basic business functionality, they’ve missed the boat once again.

    • (J²)

      Because that is a highly demanded feature request from the iPhone user-base???

      I’m sure this would go against cyber security and retention policies at most companies. If you are looking for more freedom and less security, you are on the wrong platform… no offense :/

      • Matt Elerding

        No offense taken. But the question remains: how does one formally manage (specifically ‘archive’) their text messages. Or even the ability to simply file their text messages would be a HUGE step in the right direction. Maybe you don’t run a business with lots of back-and-forth communication, but for those of us who do, the iPhone text app is severely lacking basic business functionality.

        • (J²)

          I don’t personally have a need for such functionality but my company has very strict data retention policies with all forms of communication.

          That’s why I said, I don’t foresee this changing as it would help users break company policy and could even potentially open a back door for data that is now nearly impossible to access without the users authentication.

        • Matt Elerding

          Understood. And this is exactly why I opted to jettison the entire “iMessage” approach (which seems to be more geared toward high school kids as opposed to someone who is trying to effectively manage a robust pipeline) and switched to Google Voice which has been nothing short of awesome! Moreover, I’m still able to use my Apple iPhone and all its other functionality (when I formally ‘ported’ my number from my existing carrier over to GV, my existing carrier then provided me with a ‘new’ number. Now I have my normal ‘everyday’ phone number as well as a private ‘bat line’ of sorts. Win / Win).

  • Sharti24

    They need to fix voicemail transcriptions. This has been a known problem since iOS 11 first came out