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Apple releases iOS 11.3 with new Animojis, Battery Health Tool, ARKit 1.5, Business Chat, and More

Apple today released iOS 11.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 11.3 introduces a ton of bug fixes but also a bunch of new features.

iOS 11.3 includes loads of new features including four new Animoji on iPhone X, battery health features in beta on iPhones affected by performance throttling, Business Chat for iMessage in the United States, new Health Records features in Health, and HomeKit software authentication without chip certification.

Battery Health:
The update introduces a new “Battery Health” feature that’s designed to provide iOS users with more information about their batteries, and it is a function Apple promised to introduce following backlash over the power management features added to older iPhones.

Augmented reality with ARKit 1.5:
The update introduces ARKit 1.5, a new version of ARKit that will allow developers to do even more with augmented reality apps. ARKit 1.5 more accurately maps irregularly shaped surfaces, has image and object recognition, and allows virtual objects to be placed on vertical surfaces like walls.

Health Records:
The iOS 11.3 update includes a new Health Records feature in the U.S. that aggregates all of your medical records in one easy-to-access place (as long as you have a participating provider). Apple has outlined participating medical providers and offered up details on Health Records in a press release shared today.

New Animoji:
There are four new Animoji (dragon, bear, skull, and lion) on the iPhone X in iOS 11.3, and updates have been made to some existing standard emoji, as outlined by Emojipedia. The lion emoji, for example, is a little less sad, while the skull emoji has gained a jaw.

Business Chats:
Apple is adding customer support conversations to Messages. You can initiate a conversation with a business to order something, book a table and more. Discover, Hilton, Lowe’s and Wells Fargo are already on board. Business Chats are only available in the U.S. as a beta for now.

The iOS 11.3 update is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings –> General –> Software Update. Eligible devices include the iPhone 5s and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad Air and later, and the 6th-generation iPod touch.

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