iOS 11.3: Apple's New Major Update
Apple released the iOS 11.3 update Thursday, the third major update for iOS 11 since it was released last summer. The update includes a list of new tweaks and features, so if you haven’t updated your iPhone yet, let’s break it down.
Apple Will Now Let You Check Your Battery's Health
First of all, the iOS 11.3 update comes with a new Battery Health feature, located in Settings. It will tell you the status of your battery, like its maximum capacity and peak performance capability, and it will let you know when your battery needs to be replaced.
Apple has previously admitted to slowing down iPhones to prevent a sudden shutdown caused by older batteries. The new Battery Health feature will give users more control.
"Privacy Is A Fundamental Right," Says Apple
The iOS 11.3 also offers more transparency about Apple’s use of your personal data. Upon installing the update, users are greeted with the phrase, “Apple believes privacy is a fundamental human right”—a dig, perhaps, at Facebook, which has recently become embroiled in its own privacy scandal.
Now, when you open an app, you’ll see a small Privacy & Data icon which, if you click on it, will give you a breakdown of all the date you’re sending to Apple and what the company is using it for.
iOS 11.3 Will Let You Connect To Healthcare Provider
You will also now be able to store your medical records on your iPhone, with a new feature in the Health app that will let you connect to your healthcare provider. It can display medical information such as allergies, vaccines, lab results, and medications.
It should be noted that this feature currently only connects to select hospitals.
iPhone X Users Get Four New Animojis
Finally, for something a little more fun: If you have an iPhone X, the iOS 11.3 update comes with four new Animoji characters. A lion, a bear, a dragon, and a skull will now be available in the Messages app, all with the ability to capture your facial movements and record your voice.
Is it goofy? 100%, but I’m willing to bet the majority iPhone X users would install the update just to get their hands on that dragon Animoji.