Apple releases huge iOS 11.3 update: Here are the best new features

iOS 11.3 new features and changes

Today Apple finally released iOS 11.3, the latest version of Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch operating system. It’s a major update considering all the new features and improvements it brings.

The much-expected feature is the ability to disable the battery performance management feature, which is the result of Apple’s iPhone battery slowdown controversy.

Whether you were looking forward to seeing new Animoji characters, updated augmented reality or just updating your iOS device, iOS 11.3 got something for you. Let’s take a look at the best new iOS 11.3 features.

Best iOS 11.3 features

ios 11.3 features

Batteries and Performance

iOS 11.3 features

This is a promised feature after Apple has officially apologized to its customers for slowing down older iPhones with aging batteries. Despite the company offered discounts on replacement batteries, Apple felt it was necessary to let users decide what’s best for their iPhones.

Now you have full control over your battery performance. You can actually choose to throttle your battery for maximum performance. This feature is only available on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus and can be found under Settings app > Battery Health (Beta).

More Animoji characters

iOS 11.3 features

Now there are four more Animoji characters – lion, bear, dragon, and skull. We have a total of 16 so far. If you got an iPhone X, you’ll be able to enjoy them all within iMessage.

Your Health Records within the Health app

Apple has been serious about giving users more control and accessibility over their health data. This is another milestone for the Cupertino company, and maybe the best iOS 11.3 features. You’ll have access to your Health records right within the Health app. It’s the way it was supposed to be a long time ago, no need to bring a bunch of printed medical records anymore.

Medical information like allergies, medical conditions, vaccinations, lab results, medical procedures, and vitals will be available to any iPhone users who are patients to participating in health networks and hospitals.

Augmented Reality got even better

iOS 1.3 features

With ARKit 1.5, your supported iPhone can now recognize vertical and horizontal surfaces like doors, walls, tables as well irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables. It also adds support for detecting 2D images like movie posters, signs or artwork illustrated in the above picture. Now resolution will be 50% higher (1080p instead of 720p) and autofocus will be supported when viewing the real world through your camera, according to Apple.

Business Chat

The business Chat feature will let users chat with businesses such as Lowe’s, Discover, Hilton and Wells Fargo right within iMessage. Facebook already provides such service, now Apple is joining the party.

With Business Chat feature, Apple device users can communicate with Business representatives, ask questions, recommendations, place an order and pay as well without leaving the iMessage app. As always Apple takes its users privacy very seriously, therefore your contact information won’t be shared, and you can end the chat at any time, and businesses won’t be able to contact you back.

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