Apple Releases New iOS 11.3 Update With Battery Tool and New Animojis

By RJ Johnson - @rickerthewriter

March 29, 2018

Apple releases iOS 11.3

Apple released its twelfth official update for iOS 11 this morning and it includes a host of new features that any Apple fan will be pleased to see. 

You can update your iPhone now by going to Settings --> General --> Software Update. Devices that are eligible for the update to iOS 11.3 include the iPad mini 2 and later models, iPhone 5s and later models, the iPad Air and later models, as well as the 6th generation iPod touch. 

The biggest reason to update your phone is for one feature Apple has been teasing users with for months now. The latest update for iOS includes a "Battery Health" indicator that gives users more details about their device's maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability. The new feature was added after it was revealed Apple slowed down older iPhone models because of power management. 

The new feature will also allow users to turn off performance management completely if they desire. 

Apple releases iOS 11.3

Performance management isn't the only new feature. Developers were given a new set of toys to play with to create new and better Augmented Reality apps. Apple says ARKit 1.5 is better at mapping irregularly shaped surfaces, and has image and object recognition features. Virtual objects can now be placed on vertical surfaces like walls. 

Users can also collect their health records and keep their all in one place with the new update. The feature is available to anyone who has a participating provider. You can find out if your medical provider is participating here. 

The update didn't just focus on under the hood issues. It also added a four new Animojis for Apple X users including a Lion, dragon, bear, and skull. 

Other new features include hand-picked content and top videos in Apple News, as well as support for Advanced Mobile Location - a way for first-responders more accurately find people who are in trouble. 

Finally, some help for those who love reading reviews on Apple's App store. You can now view reviews by Most Helpful, Most Favorable, Most Critical, and Most Recent. 

The full release notes for Apple's latest update are below: 

iOS 11.3 introduces new features including ARKit 1.5 with support for more immersive augmented reality experiences, iPhone Battery Health (Beta), new Animoji for iPhone X users, and more. This update also includes stability improvements and bug fixes. 

Augmented Reality 

  • - ARKit 1.5 allows developers to place digital objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors in addition to horizontal surfaces 
  • Adds support for detecting and incorporating images like movie posters or artwork into AR experiences 
  • Supports a higher resolution real world camera view when using AR experiences

 iPhone Battery Health (Beta) 

  • Displays information on iPhone maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability 
  • Indicates if the performance management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns is on and includes the option to disable it 
  • Recommends if a battery needs to be replaced 

iPad charge management 

  • Maintains battery health when iPad is connected to power for prolonged periods of time, such as when it is used in kiosks, point of sale systems, or stored in charging carts 


  • Introduces four new Animoji on iPhone X: lion, bear, dragon and skull 


  •  When an Apple feature asks to use your personal information, an icon now appears along with a link to detailed information explaining how your data will be used and protected 

Business Chat (Beta) - US only 

  • Communicate with companies to easily ask questions, schedule appointments, and make purchases inside the built-in Messages app on iPhone and iPad 

Health Records (Beta) - US only 

  • Access health records and view lab results, immunizations, and more in a consolidated timeline in the Health app 

Apple Music 

  • Features a new music video experience, including an updated Music Videos section with exclusive video playlists 
  • Find friends that have similar tastes using updated suggestions in Apple Music that reveal genres people enjoy and mutual friends that follow them 


  • Top Stories now always appear first in For You 
  • Watch Top Videos curated by News editors 

App Store 

  • Adds ability to sort customer reviews on product pages by Most Helpful, Most Favorable, Most Critical, or Most Recent 
  • Improves Updates tab information with app version and file size 


  • Helps protect privacy by only AutoFilling usernames and passwords after selecting them in a web form field 
  • Includes warnings in the Smart Search Field when interacting with password or credit card forms on non-encrypted web pages 
  • AutoFill for usernames and passwords is now available in web views within apps 
  • Articles shared to Mail from Safari are now formatted using Reader mode by default when Reader is available - Folders in Favorites now show icons for the bookmarks contained within 


  • Adds two new Shuangpin keyboard layouts 
  • Adds support for connected hardware keyboards using the Turkish F keyboard layout 
  • Improves Chinese and Japanese keyboards for better reachability on 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch devices 
  • Enables switching back to the keyboard after dictation with just one tap 
  • Addresses an issue where auto-correct could incorrectly capitalize some words
  • Fixes an issue on iPad Pro that prevented the iPad Smart Keyboard from working after connecting to a captive Wi-Fi access point 
  • Fixes an issue that could cause the Thai keyboard to incorrectly switch to the numeric layout when in landscape mode 


  • App Store adds accessibility support for bold and large text for display customization 
  • Smart Invert adds support for images on the web and in Mail messages 
  • Improves RTT experience and adds RTT support for T-Mobile 
  • Improves app switching on iPad for VoiceOver and Switch Control users 
  • Addresses an issue where VoiceOver incorrectly described Bluetooth status and badge icons 
  • Fixes an issue where end call button might not be presented in the Phone app when using VoiceOver 
  • Fixes an issue where in-app app rating was not accessible with VoiceOver 
  • Resolves an issue when using Live Listen that could distort audio playback 

Other improvements and fixes 

  • Introduces support for the AML standard which provides more accurate location data to emergency responders when SOS is triggered (in supported countries) 
  • Adds support for software authentication as a new way for developers to create and enable HomeKit compatible accessories 
  • Podcasts now plays episodes with a single tap, and you can tap Details to learn more about each episode - Improves search performance for users with long notes in Contacts 
  • Improves performance of Handoff and Universal Clipboard when both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network 
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent incoming calls from waking the display 
  • Addresses an issue that could delay or prevent playback of Visual Voicemail 
  • Resolves an issue that prevented opening a web link in Messages 
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent users from returning to Mail after previewing a message attachment 
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail notifications to reappear on the Lock screen after they had been cleared 
  • Resolves an issue that could cause time and notifications to disappear from the Lock Screen 
  • Resolves an issue that prevented parents from using Face ID to approve Ask to Buy requests 
  • Fixes an issue in Weather where current weather conditions may not have been updated 
  • Fixes an issue where contacts may not sync with a car's phone book when connected over Bluetooth 
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent audio apps from playing in cars when the app was in the background

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