iOS 11.3 is now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners worldwide following months of beta testing. On the surface, iOS 11.3 might not be a huge update, but when we look inside, there are a lot of new things that are worth your time.
With iOS 11.3, Apple poured a lot love into its iPhone, with new features and changes, ranging from new animoji to much-improved ARKit. Like any other major software update, the new update comes with bug fixes found in previous versions and performance boost.
If you now have iOS 11.3 installed on your iPhone, keep in mind that Apple’s latest iOS update is a bigger deal than you expect. And, we will help you discover how, in the section below.
Before we begin, make sure your iPhone is now running iOS 11.3 or later. To update your iOS device, head to Settings > General > Software Update and install any available updates.
Animoji is one of the highlights of iPhone X, allowing users to create animated emoji of your face. Animoji was widely welcome worldwide, with most critics praising the company’s creativity. The feature takes advantage of your iPhone X’s front-facing camera to create animated emoji characters that mimic your facial expression.
Apple has been working on improving Animoji since the launch day in an attempt to offer a better user experience. With iOS 11.3 release, the Cupertino company introduces 4 new Animoji characters, including dragon, bear, skull, and lion. Apple’s move aims to offer users more options to interact with Animoji.
Poor battery is among the major concerns when it comes to Apple devices. Earlier this year, reports claimed that Apple was deliberately slowing down older iPhone models due to battery issues.
Tech experts claim that Apple will release a new update that gives users a detailed glimpse at the health of their iPhone’s battery. The new iOS update now includes a new battery health indicator, called Battery Health. As the name implies, the feature gives you all information about your battery, including capacity, performance, and status.
One of the highlights of Battery Health feature lies in the ability to check if your iPhone’s battery needs to be serviced. Apple’s move receives mostly positive reviews from users following reports of the slowing down of older iPhone models.
Emergency calling feature has been an essential part of iOS since the launch day. iOS 11.3 update is making everything much easier. From now on, making an emergency call will automatically send your current location to authorities. This comes in handy, as it eliminates the need to unlock the device.
According to Apple, emergency call now includes support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML), which will tell your authorities where you are at.
Better ARKit 1.5
Back in June 2017, Apple introduced ARKit, a software development kit that allows developers to make AR apps for iPhone and iPad. ARKit marks Apple’s first steps into the augmented reality market where Google now dominates.
Apple has been improving its own ARKit since the launch day in an attempt to offer a better user experience. iOS 11.3 software update introduces ARKit 1.5 that allows for better image and object recognition. ARKit 1.5 also allows virtual objects to be placed on vertical and horizontal surfaces such as walls, tables and doors.
Video section in Apple Music
Apple Music is one of the most used music streaming services on the market, with more than 40 million paying subscribers worldwide. Apple has been working on improving its music streaming service in an attempt to take on Spotify which now has over 70 million paying subscribers.
In iOS 11.3, Apple officially added a new video section in Apple Music which can be accessed by switching to the Browse tab and selecting Music Videos. Once you are in, you should see a list of recommendations and playlists.
Apple Music also now includes an improved suggestions section that now shows friends with similar music taste. This is a great addition, as you now can get to know what your friends are listening to.
Sort reviews in App Store
App Store is one of the selling points of iOS operating system, allowing you to access millions of apps. App Store is getting better and more visually appealing over time. In iOS 11.3 update, you now can sort reviews. The process is pretty simple and we will show you how in the section below.
Step one: Open the App Store and then select an app or game
Step two: Once you are in, scroll down to the Ratings & Reviews section and then hit See All
Step three: You will be presented with 4 different ways to sort reviews, including Most Helpful, Most Critical, Most Recent, and Most Favorable.
Switch app quickly and Face ID
iOS 11.3 makes the switching process much easier and faster. If you swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone X, you will access the app switcher. You realize that it’s now faster than before.
Face ID is one of the highlights of iPhone X, allowing users to quickly unlock their device with a simple glance. Face ID is not just about unlocking, as it also lets you authenticate your App Store purchases.
iOS 11.3 introduces new “Ask to Buy” feature that gives you better control over your purchases. From now on, anyone who tries to buy something from the App Store needs your permission.
iOS 11.3 update is now available, but it is not compatible with all iOS devices. Apple confirms that iOS 11.3 only supports iPhone 5s or later and won’t work on older devices.
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