Video: Everything new in iOS 11.3 featuring Animoji, Battery Health, ARKit 1.5, & much mor...

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iOS 11.3 was released yesterday for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. We went beyond the release notes to find everything new in Apple latest iOS update from big features, to small tweaks.

iOS 11.3 is surprisingly full of features. The biggest additions are the inclusion of four new Animoji for iPhone X users, Business Chat in Messages, the beta of the battery management feature, and ARKit 1.5.

You can see the changes for yourself in our hands-on video.

Notably, what we didn't see, was AirPlay 2 and Messages in the Cloud. Both features were present in earlier betas, then removed by Apple as we approached the final release.

iOS 11.3 was released alongside macOS 10.13.4, watchOS 4.3, tvOS 11.3, and audioOS 11.3 for HomePod.

What's new in iOS 11.3?

Here is the list of everything we covered in our hands-on video.

  • Four new Animoji for iPhone X: Lion, Dragon, Skill, and Bear

  • ARKit 1.5: support for vertical surfaces like walls, irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables, support for auto-focus, and 50% higher resolution

  • Business Chat in iMessage

  • Health Records in Health app

  • Music video features in Apple Music

  • Apple News makes it easier to stay up-to-date on the most important videos

  • HomeKit software authentication

  • Advanced Mobile Location for sending your location to emergency services during emergency calls

  • VoLTE support for Vodafone customers in the UK

  • Battery management in Settings app (beta)

  • New splash screen in App Store

  • App Store lists version number and update size on Updates screen under more

  • App Store now is following text size

  • New Confirm with Side Button' animation for purchases on iPhone X

  • Sort App Store reviews by Most Recent, Most Helpful, Most Critical, Most Favorable

  • View original purchase date under App Store's Purchased section

  • New privacy page during set up and a new Privacy icon in Settings

  • iOS 11.3 brings back button fade animations in the Calculator app

  • Podcasts app now plays episodes with one tap, new hyperlinks on an episode's page


    • Reply 1 of 13
      Has Apple yet release the capabilities to resize icons and text size on the main iPad, iPhone screens?
    • Reply 2 of 13
      dewmedewme Posts: 2,160member
      Has Apple yet release the capabilities to resize icons and text size on the main iPad, iPhone screens?
      The Display Zoom setting under Display & Brightness allows you to select one of two sizes at least on the Plus model iPhones. It’s rudimentary but better than nothing. 
    • Reply 3 of 13
      racerhomie3racerhomie3 Posts: 1,159member
      Even my aunt’s iPhone 5S feels very smooth.(11.3)
      iPhone 6 Plus (also much smoother frame rate)
      AirPods are connecting much faster between iPod Touch 6 & iPhone SE. 

    • Reply 4 of 13
      magman1979magman1979 Posts: 1,139member
      Unrelated to this specific post per say, but has anyone else noticed that the ability to take an embedded YouTube video to full screen in iOS on iPad is no longer possible, with an error popping up stating “Your browser doesn’t support full screen”, and instead forces you to use the YouTube app (if installed) to get full screen, full quality?

      Is this Google’s way of forcing user behaviour monetization by making them go thru their shitty app?

      The world should put Google under a microscope, not just Facebook!!!
      edited March 2018 racerhomie3StrangeDayswatto_cobra
    • Reply 5 of 13
      viclauyycviclauyyc Posts: 367member
      25614 unread email. WTF
    • Reply 6 of 13
      fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 3,171member
      viclauyyc said:
      25614 unread email. WTF

      Seriously. I don't know how people live with the Badge App Icon turned on with tens of thousands of unread mail. It would give me a constant panic attack.
    • Reply 7 of 13
      dysamoriadysamoria Posts: 2,285member
      Is it any more CPU and RAM efficient? Have Apple fixed the numerous Safari/webview text editing/selection bugs? Have they fixed the broken "delete web content" feature in the Settings app?
    • Reply 8 of 13
      MplsPMplsP Posts: 1,671member
      Have they fixed the issue causing iMessage chat entries to be shown out of order?
    • Reply 9 of 13
      viclauyyc said:
      25614 unread email. WTF
      Looks like you have a long weekend ahead of you. 
    • Reply 10 of 13
      macguimacgui Posts: 1,467member
      No Battery Management for the 5s.

      It's fairly smooth most of the time, but scrolling through a long list of icons causes it to scroll/stop/scroll/stop with the stops like throwing on brakes instead of slowing to a stop. For my 5s, this started with 11.0.

      Most apps are slow to load but perform fine once loaded (as long as a lot of scrolling isn't involved).

      My battery is in poor shape and I have to get to installing a new one. I don't know if that will improve anything beyond overall run time, as the 5s wasn't subject to iOS throttling.
    • Reply 11 of 13
      GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 5,146member
      viclauyyc said:
      25614 unread email. WTF
      He might be shooting for a new Guinness record....
    • Reply 12 of 13
      cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,395member
       Very interesting about the new no-hardware-needed aspect of HomeKit. Guessing it’s still just a secure? 
      edited March 2018 watto_cobra
    • Reply 13 of 13
      SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,411member
      MplsP said:
      Have they fixed the issue causing iMessage chat entries to be shown out of order?
      Apple should adopt a private Hashgraph to handle iMessage order.
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