The 5 biggest new features coming in iOS 11.3

Leigh Mccormick
January 26, 2018

The new battery features aren't available today, but will show up in a future beta release.

Important things that are worth noting in this iOS version are features such as messages being stored in iCloud, as well as a new version of ARKit, ARKit 1.5, which can now much more accurately map oddly shaped surfaces.

The iPhone X's weaker-than-expected performance and battery life issues also are factors, and iOS 11.3's release will "help Apple fight against these headwinds", Sui said. "We've worked closely with the health community to create an experience everyone has wanted for years - to view medical records easily and securely right on your iPhone", said Jeff Williams, Apple's COO. The improvements in ARKit 1.5 may help produce such a killer app, and it's interesting that Apple chose to lead off its press release with a developer-focused change.

Apple is renovating the health app by allowing users to add health records from hospitals and clinics to their phone. By making it easy to transfer what you need on and off of your device, the iOS 12 concept gives users a more convenient way to use their phones without shelling out hundreds of dollars extra for additional storage.

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Business Chat - And now for something completely different. iOS 11.3 will introduce a beta of Business Chat, which will let users communicate directly with businesses in Messages.

The new Business Chat app comes with support from select businesses, including Discover, Hilton, Lowe's, and Wells Fargo. Business Chat aims to allow users to chat with a service representative. As perhaps the most user friendly smartphone on the market, many people are drawn to Apple products because they "just work".

Apple News will have a new Video group in the For You sections and an improved Top Stories section. You can't downgrade to anything older than iOS 11.2. The update will also add Advanced Mobile Location to automatically send a user's location to emergency services.

The developer preview of iOS 11.3 is available to iOS Developer Program, followed by a public beta preview. iOS 11.3 will be available this spring as a free software update for iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch 6th generation. This means that existing home automation devices that do not support HomeKit can be made to do so with a simple firmware update.

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