iOS 11.3 is expected to roll out today, here's what's new (Update)
Word on the street is that Apple is gearing up to roll out iOS 11.3 today, coinciding with the company's education-focused "Let's Take a Field Trip" event in Chicago. This is arguably the most important iOS 11 update yet, as it addresses a number of issues, such as the whole CPU throttling fiasco and a security flaw that allows Siri to read private notifications aloud.
Apple has already made iOS 11.3 available to iOS Developer Program members, while the official rollout was pinned for "this spring". The latest rumors have it that iOS 11.3 will be released today, with an official announcement expected during Apple's "Let's Take a Field Trip" event in Chicago. The company is also expected to announce an upgraded version of its cheapest $329 iPad at the event.
Let's have a look at all the new features and changes in iOS 11.3:
- New features will display battery health and recommend if the power cell needs service. These can be accessed by going to Settings -> Battery and are available for iPhone 6 and later models.
- Users will have a toggle for enabling/disabling the power management feature that can affect maximum performance on iPhones. The feature can be located in the Battery subsection of the Settings menu. Power management is currently present on members of the iPhone 6, 6S, SE, and 7-gen devices.
- ARKit 1.5 will be introduced to developers. ARKit will be able to place virtual objects on walls, doors, and other vertical surfaces. Additionally, it will be able to map irregularly shaped surfaces in a more accurate manner. The view of the real world through the camera will get 50% greater resolution and support for auto-focus will be added.
- A new Health Records feature will be added to Health app. It will bring together info from hospitals, clinics, and the app itself to organize and provide quick an organized access to the medical data. The service will be encrypted and passcode-protected.
- 4 new Animoji characters will be added - a lion, bear, dragon, and skull.
- Music videos are coming to Apple Music.Users can stream all music videos without being interrupted by ads.
- Apple News will get improved Top Stories and Video group feature in "For You" section
- Business Chat feature will be added as a beta to Messages. It will allow users to communicate with businesses more easily.
- Support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) to automatically send a user’s current location when making a call to emergency services in countries where AML is supported.
- HomeKit software authentication allows developers to add HomeKit support to existing accessories.
And here's a list of all devices that will receive the iOS 11.3 update:
- iPad Air
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Pro
- iPad 9.7
- iPad mini 2
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 4
- iPod touch 6th
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6/6 Plus
- iPhone 6s/6s Plus
- iPhone 7/7 Plus
- iPhone 8/8 Plus
- iPhone X
Update: iOS 11.3 was originally expected to release on March 27, but that didn't happen. The developer preview of 11.3 has been out since January, while the public beta has been available for weeks. The final release of iOS 11.3 is slated for "this spring", so the rollout should be imminent.