iOS 11.3 Coming This Spring With New Animoji, Vertical ARKit, Health Records, Battery Info, and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today previewed iOS 11.3, its next major iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch software update. The first beta has been seeded to developers today, with a public beta coming soon, ahead of an official release this spring.

    iOS 11.3 introduces new Animoji on the iPhone X, including a lion, bear, dragon, and skull. There will now be 16 characters to choose from in total, including existing ones like a pig, fox, chicken, pile of poo, and robot.


    iOS 11.3 will feature ARKit 1.5. In addition to horizontal surfaces like tables and chairs, Apple's updated augmented reality platform will now be able to recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, and more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables.


    ARKit 1.5 can find and recognize the position of 2D images such as signs, posters, and artwork, and integrate these real-world images into augmented reality experiences, such as bringing a movie poster to life. In addition, the view of the "real world" will now be in 1080p HD, up from 720p currently.

    The software update will introduce Business Chat, a new way for users to communicate directly with businesses within the Messages app. This feature will launch in beta following the public release of iOS 11.3 this spring, with support from select businesses, including Discover, Hilton, Lowe's, and Wells Fargo.

    In the Health app on iOS 11.3, users will be able to view health records, including available medical data from multiple providers like Johns Hopkins and Cedars-Sinai. The data is encrypted and protected with a passcode.


    iOS 11.3 will provide users with an iPhone 6 or newer with more information about the health of their device's battery, including a recommendation if it needs to be serviced. In the same menu, it will also be possible to see if Apple's power management feature is active and turn it off if desired.

    Apple says the battery and power management features will be coming in a later iOS 11.3 beta release, so they won't be available today.

    Other new iOS 11.3 features include more prominent placement of music videos in Apple Music, a new Video section in the "For You" tab of Apple News, and support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) to automatically send a user's current location when making a call to emergency services where supported.

    The first beta of iOS 11.3 will be seeded to developers later today, followed by a public beta soon. The software update will be released to the public this spring for iPhone 5s and newer, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, the fifth-generation iPad, iPad mini 2 and newer, and the sixth-generation iPod touch.

    Update: Apple has seeded the first beta of iOS 11.3 to developers.

    Article Link: iOS 11.3 Coming This Spring With New Animoji, Vertical ARKit, Health Records, Battery Info, and More
  2. berrymetal macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2017
  3. dan9700 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2015
    Plz plz plz let us remove the annoying home bar thats always in the way in games
  4. macsplusmacs macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2014
    i though this:

    - HomeKit software authentication provides a great new way for developers to add HomeKit support to existing accessories while protecting privacy and security.

    was already in iOS 11. never knew it slipped?
  5. B60boy macrumors member


    Nov 25, 2014
    This is great stuff but where is the iMessage in the Cloud that was promised at last years WDC??
  6. Tokenfreak macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2011
    iMessages in iCloud included too?
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  7. asdavis10 macrumors 6502


    Feb 3, 2008
    Just what the world has been waiting for. More Animoji. How about iCloud messages and AirPlay 2....
  8. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    they're hoping we forgot.
  9. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    Feels odd that a feature like Animoji needs to be enabled via a software patch. Apple should really look at decoupling these kind of stuff from the core OS and maybe look into App Store updates or even cloud updates for such minor stuff?
  10. Prozak0820 macrumors 6502


    May 14, 2015
    Tampa, Florida
    Maybe iCloud messages and airplay 2 come in iOS 11.4
  11. -BigMac- macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Sorry bruv, dont see anything on my 8+?
  12. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
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    DevNull0 macrumors 68000

    Jan 6, 2015
    Well at least we're better off than the last few years when the flagship feature of each OS was more old-fashioned Emoji. Animoji are a huge improvement that will push Apple past $1 Trillion. Way to go Timmy, hand yourself another few million out of petty cash.
  14. nigameash macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2008
    Space: The Final Frontier
    Does that mean no more need for the Youtube app? Ad free Youtube in the Music app?
  15. Luap macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
  16. alexandermac18 macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2013
    United Kingdom
  17. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    Apple actually announcing a minor release?

    And where's iCloud messages..
  18. thespacekid macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011
    Boy, I've been waiting on Animoji. Who cares about fixing bugs and improving the UI.
  19. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    I don’t understand how iMessages in the Cloud can be so difficult to release.

    As it stands right now my messages sync with my Mac and whenever you backup your phone all of the messages are backed up too.

    I don’t see the big deal with the messages actively syncing with the cloud AND your devices.
  20. DaveOP macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2011
    Portland, OR
    They did this last year with 10.3, if memory serves.
  21. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
    Ikr they need to release the beta fast
  22. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    Music videos in Apple Music? I'm actually kind of excited about this. Though perhaps it should be called Apple Multimedia at that point.

    Also, I don't understand what the hoopla is about iMessages in the Cloud? They're synced across all devices anyway (except for my SE without a SIM in it for some reason).
  23. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
  24. dan9700 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2015
    I think iCloud in messages has been scrapped for iOS 11, maybe a major security threat has made it not go live, hopefully iOS 12 beta in June

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