Published: Thu, January 25, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

IOS 11.3 Release Date Tips & Tricks

A public beta is coming, too, but Apple hasn't said when that's happening.

The ARKit update will enable augmented reality (AR) apps to detect walls and other vertical surfaces, and more accurately map non-linear surfaces like circular tables.

There's a new software update ready for both Apple TV (fourth gen) and Apple TV 4K. tvOS 11.2.5 is now available through the Software Updates section of the Settings app.

It can also recognise 2D objects like posters and signs, and the view displayed on-screen sports 50 per cent greater resolution. Back at WWDC 2017, Apple announced that the sync feature would launch with iOS 11.

Business chat is a new method of speaking directly to businesses, including United States launch partners Discover, Hilton, Lowe's and Wells Fargo. The chat feature will allow users to communicate directly with businesses right within Messages. This will combine existing Apple Health data with medical-grade information direct from hospitals, allowing users to see all their records in one place.

For Apple, the health-tech push is another trick up the sleeve created to lock users into the iOS ecosystem with highly tailored services that aren't available elsewhere.

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Apple surprised us earlier today, January 24, by offering a preview of the upcoming iOS 11.3 release.

You'll be able to switch off the "power management feature" which "dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns", causing performance to lag in older devices. Apple is also adding new features to show battery health and recommend if a battery needs to be serviced; these will be available on the iPhone 6 and later models.

Of course, the iOS 11.3 update would not be complete without some new Animoji news. The addition brings the total number of Animoji characters to 16.

Apple today released iOS 11.3 to developers with features such as AirPlay 2, ARKit 1.5, and more.

This seems to suggest that, soon after the iPhone X and iPhone 8 celebrate their one-year anniversary, Apple may decide to add them to the list of throttled devices, via a future iOS 12.2 update.

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