Apple Previews iOS 11.3 With Improvements To ARKit, Messages, And More

Apple announces effortless solution bringing health records to iPhone

Apple Inc announced changes on Wednesday that make good on its promise to allow users to turn off a controversial feature that slows down iPhones when batteries are running low, although it signaled it might take months more to deliver.

The new iOS 11.3 is bringing Apple users a lot of new features - including Animoji, iCloud Messages, and even a new ARKit.

Apple is still working on these features, so they didn't make the cut for the first iOS 11.3 beta. The battery monitoring app will also allow users to shut down battery management to return their device to full speed, but with the risk of shutdowns. For now, the app does not include doctors' notes, but Apple may add that someday, and Geisinger already offers that on its MyGeisinger website, said Dr. Jonathan Slotkin, director of spinal surgery for Geisinger's Neuroscience Institute and medical director of a Geisinger program that encourages reaching patients through technology.

Another feature that will be present in iOS 11.3 is Advanced Mobile Location, which allows first responders to locate someone within a few inches using a combination of WiFi, cellular signals and Global Positioning System. Apple also updated its other devices including Macintosh computers, the Apple Watch and Apple TV. This will not only improve iOS users' AR experience, it will also provide advancements in how the ARKit can recognize virtual objects.

The removal of the home button on the iPhone X provided a bit of foreshadowing for not just the 2018 iPhone lineup, but the iPad Pro as well.

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Another new feature arriving for iPhone and iPad customers this spring is Business Chat.

Among the companies Business Chat initially will work with are Lowe's, Discover and Wells Fargo.

The health records will include information on immunizations, medications, allergies, vitals, lab results, procedures and conditions.

Starting on February 9, a new feature will be available - HomePod.

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. It's too early to say if the iPad Pro will have the same "notch" design as the iPhone X to house the True Depth camera system, but Twitter user CarlosDLGuerra has produced a render to show what an iPad Pro with Face ID would look like. Developers will get the HomeKit software authentication feature to let them easily add support to existing accessories.

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