Apple has released a beta version of its iOS 11.3 operating system so that the users can know battery health and get recommended if a battery needs to be serviced. It will also let the users see if the power management feature that prevents unexpected shutdowns is on and they can choose to turn it off.
To get that kind of adjustment you can go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health (beta). This feature is available for iPhone 6 and later. Users can also disable performance throttling on older iPhones with aged batteries and the company calls it a beta feature. iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be showing this feature.
Having entered the Battery Health mode, you will see two things, namely Maximum Capacity & Peak Performance Capability.
To see the physics behind ageing batteries Apple has linked a webpage for you, and the company say that Maximum Capacity is a measure of the battery capacity relative to when it was new.
Peak performance capability will show you a message, “Your battery is currently supporting normal peak performance” if you are using newer iPhones, where the phone hasn’t shut down due to lower battery capacity.
In case your battery capacity drops significantly you will get a message, “The iPhone has experienced an unexpected shutdown because the battery was unable to deliver the necessary peak power. Performance management has been applied to help prevent this from happening again.” You can also opt to disable the performance management.
In case the battery needs service, you get a message, “Your battery’s health is significantly degraded. An Apple Authorised Service Provider can replace the battery to restore full performance and capacity.”
Apple calls the ARKit to be the world’s biggest AR platform. Apple has released ARKit 1.5 (with iOS 11.3) which lets you use vertical surfaces like walls and doors in addition to horizontal surfaces such as the floor, tables, chairs to map your surroundings accurately. Also, ARKit 1.5 will support autofocus in AR views.
Four New Animojis
Apple has added more Animojis like lion, a dragon, a skull and a bear to its latest update. The bear looks visually different from the panda bear Animoji present in iOS 11 and the Animojis still function the same as before, and map your facial muscles to the animated characters to make them interact.
Updated Data and Privacy module
For iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4, an updated data and privacy information that focuses on personal user data, have been added according to Apple.
You can activate this feature by tapping on the Messages icon seen on Safari or Apple Maps or iOS searches for your businesses. The feature will only be available in the US and Canada and you can schedule a delivery and make payments using Apple Pay from within the Messages app.
More relevant to the US market users, this feature lets patients from more than 40 health systems such as Duke, NYU Lagone, Stanford, Yale to see their medical records from multiple institutions on their iPhone.
Other additional iOS 11.3 features
Some minor features like Apple Music, Apple News, Apple TV, have also been added to iOS 11.3.