Apple has revealed the first details of iOS 11.3, the latest version of its software for iPhone and iPad. It will allow you to turn off a controversial ‘throttling’ feature which slows down phones as they age.
The tech giant said its update includes a new way to ‘show battery health and recommend if a battery needs to be serviced’.
This new function follows Apple’s admission that it slows down older iPhones to protect the battery as it ages and make sure the device doesn’t suffer unwanted shutdowns.
You’ll be able to switch off the ‘power management feature’ which ‘dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns’, causing performance to lag in older devices.
It also features a range of new Animoji and a change to Messages which means you’ll be able to chat to businesses using the app.
iOS 11.3 introduces four new Animoji: a lion, bear, dragon and skull. Augmented Reality has been given a boost with an update to ARKit which lets users ‘recognise and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, and can more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables’.
You’ll also be able to store records from your doctor or hospital on the upgraded Health app. ‘Patients from participating medical institutions will have information from various institutions organized into one view and receive regular notifications for their lab results, medications, conditions and more,’ Apple wrote.
The update will also show music videos on Apple Music and also features changes to News with an improved ‘Top Stories’ feature.
It offers support for ‘Advanced Mobile Location’, which automatically transmits your current location whenever you make a call to emergency services.
The software will be released in spring and can be downloaded for free by anyone who owns an iPhone 5S and later, as well as all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch 6th generation.
Earlier this week, Apple boss Tim Cook said his firm was working on something which ‘hasn’t been done before’. ‘We’re going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery.
So it’s very, very transparent,’ he told ABC. ‘[We] will tell someone we’re reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart.
And if you don’t want it, you can turn it off.’ Yesterday, Apple revealed the release date of its HomePod smart speaker.