Apple releases iOS 11.3 with a massive focus on privacy

Here are the highlights.

iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 introduce updated data and privacy information that makes it easier than ever for users to understand how their personal data may be used. If so, you'll see an option to turn it off. Keep in mind that this feature would only kick in if your device unexpectedly crashed on a handset with a weakened battery.

An iPhone X is seen at the Apple Omotesando store on November 3, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.

The screen will also contain a section called "Peak Performance Capability" that will tell the user if the battery is running normally or if it is being slowed down to prevent bugs from occurring.

This is what it looks like when you have not yet experienced unexpected battery-related shutdowns.

Battery Health can be found in Settings and then by pressing Battery on iPhone 6 and later.

Apple enables users to view whether that slow-down ("power management feature") is active; they can optionally disable it. In fact, if your iPhone has only crashed the once, disabling performance throttling might buy you extra days, weeks, or possibly months. Previously, users could download their data, correct their information, and delete accounts by contacting Apple directly.

The move comes as tech companies are readying themselves for a sweeping new European privacy law that will give users more control over their own data. Right now this is a USA -only feature.

Apple has also enhanced the privacy features on iOS with this update, providing a detailed explanation for each app will do with the user's data; this also links to information about what Apple is doing to protect and secure the data. Locally, users in CT that are a part of Yale New Haven Hospital's database are able to access their medical information inclusive of charts, lab results, medications, conditions and more. The feature is still in beta and available only in select few countries. However, you can check it out by going to Health Health Data Health Records and searching for your medical providers. This is similar to the way businesses can communicate with users on Facebook via Facebook messages. And the feature has been made available for iPhone 6 and later iPhones. Apple says that some companies in the retail, finance, and hospitality sectors will use Business Chat with their customers. Within the conversation, the vendor can even list items for sale that can be instantly purchased using Apple Pay - all without leaving the app. And it's designed not to be a nuisance: only you can start a chat, so companies won't nag you, and no personal information will be shared unless you decide to share it.

  • Carolyn Briggs