Two weeks after the second developer beta, Apple has released iOS 11.3 beta 3 for registered developers to test on iPhone and iPad. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.
4 new Animoji on iPhone X: Lion, Skull, Bear, and Dragon
ARKit 1.5 with support for vertical surfaces like walls, irregular shaped surfaces like circular tables, support for auto-focus, and 50% higher resolution
Business Chat for iMessage in beta with Discover, Hilton, Lowe’s and Wells Fargo on board
Health Records in Health app automatically updated from select partners
More prominent music video features in Apple Music
HomeKit software authentication without chip certification
Advanced Mobile Location for sending your location to emergency services when calling from iPhone
Messages in iCloud
New privacy page during setup (photo incoming) and a new Privacy icon in Settings (gray becomes blue)
Splash screen for Messages in the Cloud, backup can be disabled in Settings
iBooks is now just Books
App Store lists version number and update size on Updates screen
App Store following text size
Hello, Feedback app…
Apple TV shows up in Home app with tvOS 11.3, doesn’t work as hub for automation and remote access without tvOS 11.3 on iOS 11.3, AirPlay 2 also working
New ‘Confirm with Side Button’ prompt for purchases on iPhone X
No iOS 11.3 beta 2 for iPod touch yet, Apple says a future beta will add support (possibly related to battery management)
Battery management settings now visible on certain iPhones (H/T Chris!)
New splash screen for App Store
Podcasts app now plays episodes with one tap, hyperlinks episode pages (H/T Ryan!)
Messages in iCloud now includes a confirmation dialogue when deleting message threads
VoLTE support for Vodafone contract customers in the UK (H/T Tom!)
- The new section is found under Settings → Battery → Battery Health (Beta)
- iOS details maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability
- iPhones affected by performance throttling due to aging batteries should be able to disable throttling at the risk of experiencing unexpected shutdowns
- As discovered by 9to5Mac’s Rambo, this text appears on affected batteries: Your battery’s health is significantly degraded. An Apple Authorized Service Provider can replace the battery to restore full performance and capacity.
- Apple links to its battery explainer article for more information
See our hands-on video with the original beta below:
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