Apple Releases iOS 11.3 With Battery Health Tool, ARKit 1.5, Business Chat, New Animoji, and More

Apple today released iOS 11.3, the twelfth official update to the iOS 11 operating system that first came out in September of 2017. iOS 11.3 comes more than a month the launch of iOS 11.2.6, a minor update that fixed a bug causing crashes due to the incorrect rendering of a character in the Indian language Telugu.

The iOS 11.3 update is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update. Eligible devices include the iPhone 5s and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad Air and later, and the 6th-generation iPod touch.

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iOS 11.3 is a major update that introduces a long list of new features, including several that Apple has been promising for months. The update introduces a new "Battery Health" feature that's designed to provide iOS users with more information about their batteries, and it is a function Apple promised to introduce following backlash over the power management features added to older iPhones.


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.

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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. Battery Health is only for the iPhone, but on the iPad, Apple is introducing new iPad charge management for tablets that are plugged in for long periods of time.

iOS 11.3 introduces ARKit 1.5, a new version of ARKit that will allow developers to do even more with augmented reality apps. ARKit 1.5 more accurately maps irregularly shaped surfaces, has image and object recognition, and allows virtual objects to be placed on vertical surfaces like walls.

The iOS 11.3 update includes a new Health Records feature in the U.S. that aggregates all of your medical records in one easy-to-access place (as long as you have a participating provider). Apple has outlined participating medical providers and offered up details on Health Records in a press release shared today.

There are four new Animoji (dragon, bear, skull, and lion) on the iPhone X in iOS 11.3, and updates have been made to some existing standard emoji, as outlined by Emojipedia. The lion emoji, for example, is a little less sad, while the skull emoji has gained a jaw.

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There are also several other smaller features worth noting in iOS 11.3. A new "For You" section in Apple News displays hand-picked content and top videos, support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) offers a more accurate location when placing an emergency call in a supported country, software authentication for HomeKit is included to greatly expand the number of devices that can support HomeKit, to make it easier to find relevant people to follow. and a new Privacy screen and icon 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.

In the App Store, you can finally 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, and in the Updates tab, more details are available about app update size. Just ahead of the release, Apple added a new music videos section to Apple Music, and improvements have also been made to friend suggestions in Apple Music to make it easier to find people who like what you like.

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The release of iOS 11.3 includes support for Business Chat in the U.S., which will let you interface with businesses like Wells Fargo, Delta, Hilton and Lowe's right in the Messages app. Improvements have been made to security in Safari, Handoff and Universal Clipboard have been improved, there are new Accessibility features, and bug fixes for keyboards.

The update also addresses several notable software bugs including an issue that could cause incoming calls not to activate the iPhone's screen, a bug that prevented voicemail playback, an oversight that did not allow parents to approve child purchases using Face ID, a Bluetooth bug that prevented proper syncing of contacts and music playback in a vehicle, and more. Apple's full release notes for the update are below:

iOS 11.3 introduces new features including ARKit 1.5 with support for more immersive augmented reality experiences, iPhone Battery Health (Beta), new Animoji for iPhone X users, and more. This update also includes stability improvements and bug fixes.

Augmented Reality
- ARKit 1.5 allows developers to place digital objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors in addition to horizontal surfaces
- Adds support for detecting and incorporating images like movie posters or artwork into AR experiences
- Supports a higher resolution real world camera view when using AR experiences

iPhone Battery Health (Beta)
- Displays information on iPhone maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability
- Indicates if the performance management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns is on and includes the option to disable it
- Recommends if a battery needs to be replaced

iPad charge management
- Maintains battery health when iPad is connected to power for prolonged periods of time, such as when it is used in kiosks, point of sale systems, or stored in charging carts

Animoji
- Introduces four new Animoji on iPhone X: lion, bear, dragon and skull

Privacy
- When an Apple feature asks to use your personal information, an icon now appears along with a link to detailed information explaining how your data will be used and protected

Business Chat (Beta) - US only
- Communicate with companies to easily ask questions, schedule appointments, and make purchases inside the built-in Messages app on iPhone and iPad

Health Records (Beta) - US only
- Access health records and view lab results, immunizations, and more in a consolidated timeline in the Health app

Apple Music
- Features a new music video experience, including an updated Music Videos section with exclusive video playlists
- Find friends that have similar tastes using updated suggestions in Apple Music that reveal genres people enjoy and mutual friends that follow them

News
- Top Stories now always appear first in For You
- Watch Top Videos curated by News editors

App Store
- Adds ability to sort customer reviews on product pages by Most Helpful, Most Favorable, Most Critical, or Most Recent
- Improves Updates tab information with app version and file size

Safari
- Helps protect privacy by only AutoFilling usernames and passwords after selecting them in a web form field
- Includes warnings in the Smart Search Field when interacting with password or credit card forms on non-encrypted web pages
- AutoFill for usernames and passwords is now available in web views within apps
- Articles shared to Mail from Safari are now formatted using Reader mode by default when Reader is available
- Folders in Favorites now show icons for the bookmarks contained within

Keyboards
- Adds two new Shuangpin keyboard layouts
- Adds support for connected hardware keyboards using the Turkish F keyboard layout
- Improves Chinese and Japanese keyboards for better reachability on 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch devices
- Enables switching back to the keyboard after dictation with just one tap
- Addresses an issue where auto-correct could incorrectly capitalize some words
- Fixes an issue on iPad Pro that prevented the iPad Smart Keyboard from working after connecting to a captive Wi-Fi access point
- Fixes an issue that could cause the Thai keyboard to incorrectly switch to the numeric layout when in landscape mode

Accessibility
- App Store adds accessibility support for bold and large text for display customization
- Smart Invert adds support for images on the web and in Mail messages
- Improves RTT experience and adds RTT support for T-Mobile
- Improves app switching on iPad for VoiceOver and Switch Control users
- Addresses an issue where VoiceOver incorrectly described Bluetooth status and badge icons
- Fixes an issue where end call button might not be presented in the Phone app when using VoiceOver
- Fixes an issue where in-app app rating was not accessible with VoiceOver
- Resolves an issue when using Live Listen that could distort audio playback

Other improvements and fixes
- Introduces support for the AML standard which provides more accurate location data to emergency responders when SOS is triggered (in supported countries)
- Adds support for software authentication as a new way for developers to create and enable HomeKit compatible accessories
- Podcasts now plays episodes with a single tap, and you can tap Details to learn more about each episode
- Improves search performance for users with long notes in Contacts
- Improves performance of Handoff and Universal Clipboard when both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network
- Fixes an issue that could prevent incoming calls from waking the display
- Addresses an issue that could delay or prevent playback of Visual Voicemail
- Resolves an issue that prevented opening a web link in Messages
- Fixes an issue that could prevent users from returning to Mail after previewing a message attachment
- Fixes an issue that could cause Mail notifications to reappear on the Lock screen after they had been cleared
- Resolves an issue that could cause time and notifications to disappear from the Lock Screen
- Resolves an issue that prevented parents from using Face ID to approve Ask to Buy requests
- Fixes an issue in Weather where current weather conditions may not have been updated
- Fixes an issue where contacts may not sync with a car's phone book when connected over Bluetooth
- Addresses an issue that could prevent audio apps from playing in cars when the app was in the background

Betas of iOS 11.3 included a Messages on iCloud feature that Apple has been working on for several months, but the iOS 11.3 release notes do not include a mention of Messages on iCloud, suggesting the feature has been delayed for a second time. With Messages on iCloud, all of your iMessages are stored in the cloud, allowing them to sync across devices (even new ones) and saving valuable storage space on your iPhones and iPads.

Early betas also included AirPlay 2 support for iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, but the feature was removed in iOS 11.3 beta 3 and it was not reintroduced in a later beta, suggesting it has been pushed back to a later update.

Top Rated Comments

Goldfrapp Avatar
37 months ago
So, is Messages in iCloud reserved for iOS 3000?
Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
M-Life Avatar
37 months ago
Macrumors writers type really fast.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jeaz Avatar
37 months ago
The omission of iCloud sync for messages is really disappointing. Was one of my favourite things promised in iOS 11 and now we are almost at iOS 12 with it still missing.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
M-Life Avatar
37 months ago

Not on any of my devices yet........ o_O

This 4 minute delay is causing me to reconsider my use of iOS devices.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
farewelwilliams Avatar
37 months ago
Wonder what kind of drama is going on with the team handling Messages on iCloud feature.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Baymowe335 Avatar
37 months ago

This 4 minute delay is causing me to reconsider my use of iOS devices.

I’m switching to Android. No updates to worry about!
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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