Apple iOS 11.3 rolls out: Battery Health tool, new Animoji, and more

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APPLE has rolled out a major new iPhone update (iOS 11.3) - and we've got all the details.

The processors in Apple's iPhones, it turns out, can demand a lot of power when presented with computationally-intensive tasks and lithium-ion batteries, as they age, can become unable to meet that demand.

Apple received a firestorm of criticism in December after admitting that the company did indeed slow down aging batteries to prevent iPhones from unexpectedly shutting down. Late in December, Apple slashed battery replacement cost dramatically for old iPhones not just in the USA but in India as well.

Battery health is the topic on which company is facing more than 60 cases in the US. The "Music Videos" category has already appeared for many iPhone and iPad users running iOS 11.2.6.

It also will let you know if the battery is now supporting peak performance capability. The last version only supported horizontal surfaces (e.g. floors and tables).

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Other iOS 11.3 features include four new Animojis (a lion, bear, dragon and skull, specifically) as well as improved ARKit functionality allowing for the placement of virtual objects on vertical surfaces such as walls or windows.

The Health Records feature in iOS 11.3 could offer users better access to their own health data and better understand their medical conditions.

Your Health Records data will be encrypted and protected with a passcode. This is especially poignant and relevant given the recent Facebook/ Cambridge Analytica data breach that's been going on. The main improvement is support for streaming audio to multiple devices simultaneously, such as HomePods and Apple TVs, as well as incorporating AirPlay 2-supporting speakers into HomeKit. Earlier in the week, the company announced it was pausing new messaging bots in Messenger amid privacy concerns.

Starting today, Business Chat will be available in beta in the United States, and top businesses in retail, finance and hospitality will begin rolling out this new messaging feature for customers.

Apple's Business Chat feature in iMessage will let you chat directly with businesses. Apple says the feed from the camera in AR applications has a 50 percent sharper resolution in iOS 11.3, and also supports autofocus for the first time.

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