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Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 11.3 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 11.3 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the fourth beta and three weeks after the release of iOS 11.2.6, an update that addressed a bug causing iPhones and iPads to crash when a character from the Indian language Telugu was rendered improperly.

Registered developers can download the new iOS 11.3 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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iOS 11.3 is a major update that introduces a long list of new features, like Messages in iCloud for saving space and syncing messages across devices, and ARKit 1.5, a new version of ARKit able to more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces, recognize images, and place objects on vertical surfaces like walls.

There are four new Animoji on the iPhone X (dragon, bear, skull, and lion), and in the Health app, there's a new Health Records feature that aggregates all of your medical records in one easy-to-access place.


As of iOS 11.3 beta 2, the update includes a new "Battery Health" feature that's designed to provide iOS users with more information about their batteries.


Battery Health offers details on maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability, and for devices with degraded batteries, it provides information on if and when a device is being throttled with performance management features. It also provides a way for customers who do have a device with a degraded battery to turn off performance management all together.


By default, iOS 11.3 disables performance management on the iPhone, and the feature is only re-enabled once a device experiences an unexpected shutdown.

Early betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 included support for AirPlay 2 features, allowing audio to be played to multiple Apple TVs, but these features were removed in iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 beta 3.

Other features in iOS 11.3 include a "For You" section in Apple News that displays the top videos of the day, support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) for more accurate location when placing an emergency call in a supported country, more information about app size in the Updates tap in the App Store, software authentication for HomeKit, and a new Privacy screen and icon that will show up whenever Apple asks you for info.

The privacy screen is reflected in several new splash screens that pop up when you first open apps. The App Store also now lets you sort reviews by most helpful, most favorable, most critical, and most recent, a handy change for better finding the app info you're looking for.


Business Chat, which will let you interface with businesses like Wells Fargo, Delta, Hilton and Lowe's right in the Messages app is coming when iOS 11.3 is released, and improvements to Apple Music will bring better support for music videos.

iOS 11.3 will be released to the public in the spring. Spring kicks off on March 20, so the update will be in testing for at least another couple of weeks.

Update: There's also a new beta of iOS 11.3 available to public beta testers.

Related Roundup: iOS 11


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14 weeks ago

If an iPhone is crashing because of a worn out battery, it's much better to prevent a future crash by throttling (or replacing the battery) than crashing repeatedly. Crashes can corrupt files.


Apple knew that, but general public is dumb and think they want the choice (although there are valid reasons of wanting to have the actual choice, though not for the dumb general public).
Rating: 12 Votes
14 weeks ago
If an iPhone is crashing because of a worn out battery, it's much better to prevent a future crash by throttling (or replacing the battery) than crashing repeatedly. Crashes can corrupt files.
Rating: 9 Votes
14 weeks ago
maybe they can fix the damn out of order imessages.

nah...tweaking emojjis is top priority.
Rating: 8 Votes
14 weeks ago

So am i reading this correctly you can turn off the power management feature but it will reenable every time your phone shuts down unexpedly seems kinda annoying to have to turn it back on all the time?


I'd say its to save face. Honestly, in my opinion, giving a bunch of people who don't fully understand the reasoning why the throttling is done...the option to disable it...was the wrong move. They don't seem to care about why it was done. Just that it was. Which means they don't have a full grasp of the issue it prevents. Because now, people will turn it off seeing it as just an annoyance and then proceed to complain that their phone repeatedly shuts off. End result? They complain anyway. As someone who understands why the throttling happens...I think a "slower" phone...is a much smaller price to pay than one that shuts down constantly and can ruin data. Given a choice...I'd take the throttled phone, no questions asked. I think that when they see the alternative (repeated shutoffs at REALLY bad times)...they'll realize the throttling is a much better alternative. I would rather my phone slow down while I'm completing an important task, than have it shut down completely during that same task.

Giving people the choice is pretty much a double edged sword for Apple. They will not win either way. People complain that their phones slow down, so they turn off the throttling. Phone shuts down because throttling is off...people will complain. Apple pretty much loses no matter what.
Rating: 5 Votes
14 weeks ago

maybe they can fix the damn out of order imessages.

nah...tweaking emojjis is top priority.


I'm willing to bet the team that works on iMessages is not the same team that works on emojis...
Rating: 3 Votes
14 weeks ago
Getting close!

I'm excited for messages in the cloud....
Rating: 3 Votes
14 weeks ago

maybe they can fix the damn out of order imessages.

nah...tweaking emojjis is top priority.


Yeah Messages is a bit of a mess. And Apple still hasn't fixed the keyboard overlapping the last message at times, too. Drives me nuts on a daily basis.
Rating: 3 Votes
14 weeks ago

Why an hour early?

It's not early in the US. Daylight Saving Time began yesterday.
Rating: 3 Votes
14 weeks ago

Why an hour early?


No. It’s the right time. Day light saving adjustment just happened this weekend.
Rating: 3 Votes
14 weeks ago

So am i reading this correctly you can turn off the power management feature but it will reenable every time your phone shuts down unexpedly seems kinda annoying to have to turn it back on all the time?


More annoying than having your phone shut down? Are you saying if you turn it off and your phone starts shutting down that you'd want it to keep on shutting down (have power management stay off)?


I just said basically the same thing. I don't think giving the option was smart on Apple's end. This is an non-winning situation for them. People complain about the throttling. So they turn it off and notice that instead of slowing down...their phone just shuts off altogether. They will complain about that.

I would much rather my phone slow down during important tasks than just shut off altogether. Especially because the complete shutoff poses a higher risk of losing data.


I think it's a big win. They are now educating their users about battery issues. They're showing your battery health (battery health Apps are going to be cursing over this, as they are now obsolete). There's a notice right on the screen telling you if your battery is degraded and how to get it serviced (replaced). The only slight loss for Apple is the money it will cost them to do the $29 battery upgrades. Small price to pay for customer satisfaction.


There's an old saying: Be careful what you wish for....you might get it.

People wishing ill on Apple over this fail to realize that every phone manufacturer on the planet has similar issues. They all use the same battery technology and they can all suffer similar faults. They just don't get reported on because they're not Apple. Now suddenly people everywhere are going to be aware of this issue and soon they're going to want to know the battery condition of their devices. That could open up a few cans of worms for some manufacturers.
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I'm willing to bet the team that works on iMessages is not the same team that works on emojis...


Didn't you know? Apple only has one team. They do everything from iOS to macOS to Mac Mini to Animojis.
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