Apple’s recent newsroom update featured a preview of iOS 11.3, which promises to take the user experience on flagship iPhone X to the next level. Users would be glad to note that it really does feature more updates (upgrades?) than one would expect in an interim upgrade. VR Zone runs through the features you should know before you click “Update Now”.
1. New Animoji
Adding to the already-extensive list of characters available for Animoji, iOS 11.3 introduces a dragon, lion, bear and skull. Exactly what we needed to express how dead we are inside…
Processing for Animoji will be enhanced. The iPhone X’s A11 Bionic chip and TrueDepth camera will be more adept at picking out and analysing facial muscle movements.
2. Seize the means of… power
Following the embarrassment of Apple’s recent fiasco in which it admitted it was secretly throttling battery performance on its mobile devices, iOS 11.3 seeks to address power management and battery health.
This update will also allow users to choose if they accept Apple’s recommended throttling to address battery health issues, while actively monitoring current battery health.
In any case, Apple’s offer of a cheaper battery replacement (SGD38, down from SGD118, only available for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus) through Apple Support still stands. Best to take advantage of that before Apple rescinds this offer on 31st December 2018!
3. AR Kit 1.5
Apple’s proprietary AR app, AR Kit, will be more adept at recognising irregular and vertical surfaces. Retailers, artists and creators alike can rejoice at this added ability to engage their potential audience.
4. AirPlay 2
With the HomePod finally coming after delays, AirPlay 2 adds compatibility for multi-room setups like that seen on popular systems like Sonos. Users might also be able to cast visual content to separate displays in your home.
5. iMessage becomes seamless
Many have bought into Apple’s for the sole convenience of iMessage, and Animoji was just the icing on the cake. This convenience was due in great part to the ability to have notifications reflected across all your iDevices. iOS 11.3 finally adds the ability for users to delete messages across all devices.