Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Cupertino, CA, United States (4E) – Apple, Inc on March 29 released an update to its latest operating system, iOS 11.3, to all supported devices but according to different schedules.
Among the first to receive the new OS is the newest iPad Air revealed last week and the iPad Mini 2. Later on, the iPhone 5S and the sixth-generation iPod touch will receive iOS 11.3. The update is available for download now in supported regions. Apple also released smaller updates for tvOS (tvOS 11.3) on the Apple TV and watchOS (watchOS 4.3).
Among its significant new features is “Battery Health,” which allows users to disable performance throttling on older iPhones whose batteries have degraded such that that they pose a risk for unexpected shutdowns resulting from voltage shortages. Apple calls this a beta feature, however.
Battery Health can be found in a section in the Settings app under “Battery.” If your phone has a battery Battery Health deems healthy, it will list some key concerns with iPhone batteries, along with a link to a webpage that goes into more detail. It will also show a value for “maximum capacity” as a percentage.
iOS 11.3 also includes ARKit 1.5 (Augmented Reality Kit) that gives better accuracy on non-flat surfaces and allows developers to place objects on vertical surfaces. Previously, ARKit could only accurately place objects on flat, horizontal planes. With ARKit 1.5, developers can now place objects on vertical planes like walls. Accuracy is improved when mapping objects onto surfaces that aren’t completely flat.
A new Health Records feature allows patients to view their health records on their iPhone, a feature only available with certain institutions. The new Business Chat feature allows customers to interact with certain business from the Messages app, including customer support and Apple Pay. A new privacy notification system has been implemented to inform users about how Apple manages their data. Support has been added for Advanced Mobile Location in supported countries.
These new features make this update the biggest to iOS since iOS 11 first released in September 2017.
The Apple Authorized Service Provider feature is addresses consumer complaints that Apple isn’t transparent with users about the option to upgrade the battery. This complaint is behind the class-action lawsuits in response to the performance management controversy that began in December 2017 when. Apple, however, doesn’t offer this feature on iPads.
Instead, there’s a new iPad feature called “Charge Management.” The update notes say it “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.”
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