New iPhone update to show 'battery health' following slowdown controversy

A developer preview of iOS 11.3 is available from 24 January.

Apple is beefing up its augmented reality offering in iOS 11.3 with ARKit 1.5. This is in addition to horizontal surfaces like tables and chairs.

ARKit will be bumped up to version 1.5, allowing it to recognize vertical surfaces as well (walls, posters on those walls, doors, etc.). The camera resolution in AR has also been improved, giving a 50 percent increase in resolution.

These new settings will be available on iPhone 6 and newer devices. In response to the backlash, the company temporarily slashed the price of battery replacements and offered tips for maximizing battery life. Many people were unhappy with the performance reductions, however, so the ability to restore your phone to its maximum potential is going to be a welcome change for many users still using older iPhones.

Owners of the iPhone X will soon have four new Animoji to sent to users, including a lion, bear, dragon, and skull. Hilton, Lowe's, Discover and Wells Fargo are among the first crop of companies testing the feature.

The Cupertino tech giant is also bringing Business Chat to the beta launch of iOS 11.3.

Apple has released a preview of the new features in its iOS 11.3 software ahead of beta releases to developers and the public. Apple says it worked with the healthcare community to create Health Records based on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), a standard for transferring electronic medical records. iPhone users can see their medical information organized into one view covering allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals, and will receive notifications when their data is updated. Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user's iPhone passcode, the company stated. But the newly introduced Privacy icon should make it obvious when your password is legitimately required by Apple, and when not - thus, you'll know not to share your details with malicious apps or websites. Users will also be able to toggle on and off a power management feature. They can also watch the hottest new videos, the classics or ones from their favorite artists back-to-back in new music video playlists. These new features do require an Apple Music subscription.

Some other new features in iOS 11.3 update.

It's looking like iOS 11.3 will be a significant update, which is interesting to see this far into iOS 11's life.

Another health-related improvement focuses on emergencies: Apple is adding support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML), which in supported countries will automatically include the caller's current location when they call for emergency services.

  • Arturo Norris