Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 11.3 to Developers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 11.3 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second beta and one month after releasing iOS 11.2.5, an update that focused primarily on bug fixes and security improvements. The update also comes just a day after the release of iOS 11.2.6, which fixed a bug that caused iPhones and iPads to crash when a character from the Indian language Telugu was rendered improperly.

    Registered developers can download the new 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.

    iOS 11.3 is a major update that introduces a long list of new features, like Messages on iCloud for storing your iMessages in the cloud, and ARKit 1.5, a new, upgraded version of ARKit that can more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces and recognize and place objects on vertical surfaces like walls.

    There are four new Animoji on the iPhone X (dragon, bear, skull, and lion), and in the Health app, there's a new Health Records feature that aggregates all of your medical records in one easy-to-access place. Health Records are limited to participating institutions, though.


    AirPlay 2 features have been introduced in iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, allowing audio to be played to multiple Apple TVs, and for HomeKit, iOS 11.3 introduces official support for HomeKit software authentication options.

    As of iOS 11.3 beta 2, the update includes a new "Battery Health" feature that's designed to provide iOS users with more information about their batteries.

    Battery Health offers details on maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability, and for devices with degraded batteries, it provides information on if and when a device is being throttled with performance management features. It also provides a way for customers who do have a device with a degraded battery to turn off performance management all together.


    By default, iOS 11.3 disables performance management on the iPhone, and the feature is only re-enabled once a device experiences an unexpected shutdown.

    Other features in iOS 11.3 include a new "For You" section in Apple News that displays the top videos of the day, support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) for more accurate location when placing an emergency call in a supported country, more information about app size in the Updates tap in the App Store, and a new Privacy screen and icon that will show up whenever Apple asks you for info.

    iBooks has also had the "i" removed from its name, so it's just "Books" now, and the App Store now lets you sort reviews by most helpful, most favorable, most critical, and most recent, a handy change for better finding the app info you're looking for.


    Business Chat, which will let you interface with businesses like Wells Fargo, Delta, Hilton and Lowe's right in the Messages app is coming when iOS 11.3 is released, and improvements to Apple Music will bring better support for music videos. Users will be able to stream music videos without ads and create and view music video playlists.

    iOS 11.3 will be released to the public in the spring. Spring kicks off on March 20, so iOS 11.3 will be in testing for at least another month.

    What's new in iOS 11.3 beta 3: The newest beta of iOS 11.3 adds support for the iPod touch, and it removes AirPlay 2 features that were present in previous betas. There's also a new option in the Settings app under Privacy --> Analytics to share Health Record analytics with Apple.

    Article Link: Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 11.3 to Developers
  2. KrisLord macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    Not seeing it yet on iPad and iPhone in the UK.
  3. mariusignorello macrumors 68000

    Jun 9, 2013
    Strap in. Hopefully we’ll see more stability in battery life (not expecting anything crazy).
  4. mercybelcher macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2017
    Please tell me what’s new in IOS 11 Beta 3
  5. blasto2236, Feb 20, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2018

    blasto2236 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    I'd love to see it update the HomePod firmware and introduce stereo pairing for those of us on beta. I currently have access to a 2nd unit I need to return in the next few days and would LOVE to test for a bit in the interim.

    Edit: no firmware updates available :( Bummer.
  6. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    It's just shown up in the UK, and macOS B3
  7. BillGates1969 macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2008
  8. Jesse Waugh Suspended

    Jesse Waugh

    Nov 10, 2017
    New York City
  9. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Animations are so much smoother.

    Additional emojis.

    Safari snappier.

    Increased battery life with high-usage apps.

    Great update.
  10. bbfc macrumors 68040

    Oct 22, 2011
    Newcastle, England.
    Praise the lord!
  11. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68030

    Sep 14, 2012
    Can confirm. This beta is smoother than a baby’s bottom.
  12. AlexH macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2006
    But is it smoother than an android’s bottom? I think not.
  13. asopublic macrumors member


    Mar 27, 2008
    In Home App, HomePod Details is now missing “Create Stereo-Pair” which didn’t update the HomePod. Sigh-can’t wait...
  14. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
    It really isnt and you wouldnt know this quick
  15. justperry, Feb 20, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2018

    justperry macrumors G4


    Aug 10, 2007
    Home is everywhere and nowhere.
    I rather have it a bit less smooth but matured.;)
  16. bmark macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2013
    When will Beta 3 be available on the public beta?
  17. gsmornot macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2014
    I would like the battery health to make it iPad. Accord to my 3rd party app, I am at 6200mAh vs the original 7340mAh. I still get decent battery life overall but eventually will need to either retire this iPad or have the battery swapped.
  18. sterlingindigo macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2007
    East Lansing
    Please, someone rid the world of this scourge.

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  19. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
    Someday I'll update my 7+ to iOS 11. More temping now but probably wait until iOS 12 is almost released.
  20. Welcorian macrumors newbie


    Mar 27, 2017
    iOS 11.3 is iOS 10.3.3 smooth !! I love this
  21. Ds6778 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2016
  22. metalsiren macrumors 6502


    Oct 28, 2017
    normally Public beta is the day after the dev one.
  23. fivenotrump macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2009
    Central England
    Spring does not 'kick off' on any arbitrary date anywhere.
  24. mistafro macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2003
    I notice Apple TVs are no longer showing a card on the Home app screen but I haven’t yet updated them as well to beta 3 so not sure if that’s why.
  25. DeathBecomesMe macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2014
    Can someone test if any of the weird music skips and cracks are still present?
  26. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    In all seriousness, I do hope the battery life improves significantly - mine's been terrible since I installed the first two 11.3 betas.

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