Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 11.3 to Developers With New Animoji, Business Chat, Health Records, iCloud Messages and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 11.3 update to developers, one week after releasing iOS 11.2.5, an update that focused primarily on bug fixes and security improvements.

    Registered developers can download the iOS 11.3 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.


    Apple this morning shared a preview of iOS 11.3, outlining all of the new features we can expect to see in the update.

    iOS 11.3 will bring four new Animoji characters to the iPhone X, like a lion, bear, dragon, and skull, giving iPhone X users new characters to play with, and it reintroduces iCloud Messages, a feature that was removed from the initial iOS 11 release.


    The software update includes improved ARKit tools for developers. ARKit 1.5 can recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces and it can more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables. ARKit is able to recognize the position of 2D images like signs, posters, and artwork, integrating them into AR experiences. Museums, for example, can be filled with interactive exhibits or a movie poster can be brought to life. The real-world view through the camera when using AR also offers 50 percent greater resolution (1080p) in ARKit 1.5 and supports auto-focus.


    Business Chat, a feature that first debuted in iOS 11, is officially launching in beta capacity this spring with support from businesses like Discover, Hilton, Lowe's, and Wells Fargo. You'll be able to have customer support chats with these companies right within the Messages app.


    In the Health app, Apple is adding a new Health Records feature to make it easier for customers with a participating medical institution to access their records right on their iPhone, even when those medical records are spread across multiple providers.


    Supported providers include Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine, Geisinger Health System, UC San Diego Health - San Diego, California, UNC Health Care , Rush University Medical Center, Dignity Health, Ochsner Health System, MedStar Health, Ohio Health, and Cerner Healthe Clinic.

    A later beta of iOS 11.3 will feature new, more detailed information about the health of a device's battery. The change comes following controversy over power management features implemented in older devices to prevent unexpected shutdowns. Those power management features throttle iPhones with degraded batteries at times of peak power usage to maintain stable performance.

    The update should provide a lot more data about battery health, and there will also be an option to let customers turn off the power management feature entirely, though Apple does not recommend disabling it. The new features can be found in Settings --> Battery and are available for iPhone 6 and later.

    Other new features included in iOS 11.3 include support for streaming unlimited music videos in Apple Music without ads, a new "For You" video of the day in Apple News along with improved Top Stories, HomeKit software authentication to make it easier for accessory makers to add HomeKit support into existing devices, support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) to automatically send a user's current location when making a call to emergency services in supported countries, a new name for "iBooks," which is now just "Books," and an update to the App Store updates page, which now shows the version number and download size of all updates.

    Today's beta is limited to developers, but Apple says a public beta will be released for public beta testers soon.

    Article Link: Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 11.3 to Developers With New Animoji, Business Chat, Health Records, iCloud Messages and More
  2. Goldfrapp, Jan 24, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2018

    Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    Waiting for Messages in iCloud is like waiting for Copy Paste for two years (even though never promised)

    Ah, the memories...
  3. dan9700 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2015
    Nothing really groundbreaking in 11.3 still no icloud messaging oh but we got new aniemojis lol
  4. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    This is almost a direct copy and paste of the post below. Same images, same order, and nearly the same text with some paraphrasing. Wouldn't it just have been easier to Update the first post saying the First Beta was now available.
  5. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    "Registered developers can download the iOS 11.3 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center."

    The already installed developer profile is all that is needed. I read this thinking I might need to update my profile.
  6. chucker23n1 macrumors 68010


    Dec 7, 2014
    Copy & Paste in iOS shipped exactly when it was promised to ship.
  7. McFreggle macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2001
    Dendermonde/Leuven, Belgium
    The .3 releases are lately the bigger, better ones.

    Although they should stop this silly game where there needs to be a major new version every year. Quality seems to suffer from it. Just give us 11.4 in May, and announce 11.5 on WWDC in June. iPhone 11 can ship with iOS 11.6 or whatever they want to call it.

    Same goes for macOS.
  8. obitow macrumors member


    Jun 11, 2012
    Juiz de Fora, Brazil
  9. chucker23n1 macrumors 68010


    Dec 7, 2014
    Isn't that what the latter half of the quote means?
  10. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020


    Apr 22, 2014
    Central New Jersey/ North Virginia, USA
    2.19GB Download on my iPhone X, pretty hefty!
  11. chucker23n1 macrumors 68010


    Dec 7, 2014
    Fewer ad impressions :p
  12. m_martins macrumors newbie


    Sep 10, 2015
    New emojis... hummmm...!!! Seems good!!!
  13. mercybelcher macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2017
    Thank You
  14. DNichter macrumors 604


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    It's in this beta
  15. mercybelcher macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2017
  16. mcfly88 macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2012
    Glad to see Messages in iCloud finally... now where the hell is multi-room audio?
  17. cweaver64 macrumors newbie


    Sep 16, 2017
    Yes I just emailed somebody at apple. This is absurd. Steve would never had allowed this to go on. Love Tim but get a grip guys.
  18. mthomas184 macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2016
  19. stoopkidblues macrumors 6502


    Mar 21, 2014
    Figured this would be in this update. Though not “explicitly” mentioned, the fact that business chat/animojis was announced meant to me that iCloud messages was ready to go back online.

    Thanks for this!
  20. kylew1212 macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2017
    Huntsville, AL
    Maybe this will bring Apple Health to the iPad. In iOS 11 Health Syncs, now with Hospitals signing on I will be able to view my health data on an iPad as well..
  21. Vermifuge macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009
    Why is there advertising in my messages? I better have an option to disable business chat.

    Ever visit a website that bugs you with a chat robot? Now imagine these popping up in iMessages. No thanks.
  22. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    I’m assuming it’s something you have to initiate. Companies aren’t going to be randomly spamming you in iMessage.
  23. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002
    Yeah no way businesses are going to use Messages for customer service without cloud based backup. I'd be interested to see the business-facing interface.
  24. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    Didn't it get released yesterday?

    Posts are starting to become more and more Copy/Paste
  25. Vermifuge macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009
    initiate? like having the app installed? I really need more details on how this works and options of disabling this "feature"

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