Apple Releases iOS 11.3 only for new sixth generation iPad

Apple today released the long-awaited iOS 11.3 update, but only for the 2018 sixth generation iPad, which was announced on yesterday and will only ship to most people in the beginning of April.

Customers with the new iPad can download iOS 11.3 over-the-air using the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings –> General –> Software Update.

11.3 has been in testing for some time, and is Apple’s most important point release for iOS 11 so far, above all enabling new battery management features. Since iOS 10.2.1, Apple has automatically throttled some devices with chemically depleted batteries, but with 11.3 users will be able to monitor battery health and toggle throttling off except for extreme scenarios.

The update also introduces ARKit 1.5, a new version of ARKit that allows developers to do more with augmented reality apps, and it includes a “Battery Health” feature designed to provide iOS users with more information about their batteries.

Other new features include new review sorting options in the App Store, software authentication for HomeKit devices, Business Chat for contacting businesses using iMessage, and more.