Update now: iOS 11.3 released with new Animoji and more Privacy Control
The update comes just a few months after Apple drew public scorn for its practice of slowing down processor speeds on iPhones with aging batteries.
Apple released the iOS 11.3 beta on January 24, and just today, the final version is available to everyone. We look at some of the things that are new in the latest version of iOS for iPhones and iPads.
4 New features in iOS 11.3
You can now check your battery Health
iOS 11.3 lets you control your iPhone’s performance. If you have an older iPhone, Apple might be slowing it down to preserve battery. Apple included this tweak after a backlash in late 2017 when users complained that they noticed their phones slowing down.
Here is how to check your batter health after updating to iOS 11.3
- Go to Settings > Battery
- Tap on “Battery health (beta)
- Scroll down and you will see what percentage of your battery you still have remaining.
If you have an older iPhone, you may see a lower battery health percentage. That’s because batteries begin to deteriorate and lose their ability to hold a charge over time. If it’s below 80 percent, you’ll see a note that performance is being limited as a result.
You can turn Off Power Throttling
Also available is the tool for disabling the power throttling that Apple has secretly implemented since iOS 10.2.1. This throttling happened as a result of weak batteries that could trigger unexpected shutdowns. While shutdowns should not happen, overall device performance takes a hit.
So, if you’d like to speed up your iPhone while risking a few shutdowns if you’re in need of a new battery, you can toggle this off in the Peak Performance Capability section in the new “Battery Health (Beta)” tool. If your iPhone is being throttled, you can tap “Disable” to do just that. It will remain disabled until further shutdowns happen.
There Are 4 New Animoji (iPhone X Only)
iOS 11.3 brings a whopping 16 new Animoji to iPhone X, including a lion????, bear????, dragon????, and skull????. These animojis which have a global feel to them, indicating that Apple wants to keep international users happy. The dragon, bear, skull, and lion, pair well with China, Russia, Mexico, and Africa, respectively.
Improvement in Privacy Controls
Apple is stressing privacy in its latest operating system updates – in sharp contrast to Facebook which is battling allegations of mishandling users’ data.
A new Privacy icon will show up on your device when a legit Apple-made “app or feature is asking to use your personal information” – including your Apple ID password. At the moment, it’s not clear exactly where this icon will appear, but it’s possible that it’s going to show up in the menu bar at the top.
The Privacy icon should make it hard (or, hopefully, impossible) for scammers to steal your Apple ID password and personal data.
Devices that can update to iOS 11.3
- iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.
- iPad Air, Air 2 and 5th-gen iPad.
- iPad Mini 2, 3, and 4.
- All iPad Pros.
- 6th-gen iPod Touch.
How to Update your device to iOS 11.3
For most users in Ghana, you should receive a notification that iOS 11.3 is ready for you some time from now and over the coming days.
However, if you want to grab it as soon as possible, simply open Settings and head to General and then Software Update.
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