Apple released iOS 11.3 Thursday morning, adding updates to ARKit, presenting Health Records, and, what we’re most excited about, new battery features. The software update arrived just a few months after Apple received public disdain for its fault in slowing down processor speeds on older iPhones, and the new indicators help notice users’ concerns about throttling and artificial breakdowns.
Through Thursday’s update, iOS will display the battery health of an iPhone and tell users if it needs to be changed — this applies to iPhone 6 and later. Along with this, users can now turn off the main feature that reduces an iPhone’s processing power — which can only be done on iPhone 6, 6 Plus, SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus.
IOS 11.3 also updates the iPhone’s AR functions, permitting apps to read vertical surfaces like walls and doors, and irregular objects like chairs or circular tables. For the fun component of the latest update, a couple of Animoji were added as well: lion, bear, dragon, and skull.
The other addition brought in Health Records, a portal that allows patients of more than 40 health systems to see their medical records on their iPhone. These systems include Duke, Yale, Stanford, and NYU Langone.
Apple will soon join the privacy game as well. A new icon — two blue silhouettes shaking hands — will be shown every time an Apple feature asks to use your personal information. This isn’t something the company presented in the teasers for iOS 11.3, but it’s definitely needed. The conversation about digital privacy will not cease, especially after the news that Facebook allowed Cambridge Analytica, a British political-consultation group, to gather data from 50 million accounts without user permission.