Apple has released the sixth beta for its upcoming iOS 11.3 update. The update comes less than a week after the fifth beta was seeded to developers. Much like the previous betas that came before it, the newest version mostly focuses on fixing bugs and adjusting performance as its release nears.
With Apple announcing an education event on March 27, speculation has run rampant it will also see the public release of iOS 11.3. Will that happen, we don’t know; but with Apple pushing up the release cycle of the betas, its release appears to be imminent.
If you want more background on the features coming with iOS 11.3, you can read more about it down below.
Developers can now download the sixth beta of iOS 11.3. Expect the public beta update to be released coming days.
With iOS 11.2.5 now rolling out to devices, Apple is eager to share what’s next. So, the company on Wednesday unveiled what to expect from iOS 11.3, including a new battery management feature recently teased by Apple CEO Tim Cook.
When iOS 11.3 is released in the spring, the software will show battery health information and recommend if a battery needs to be serviced. Additionally, Apple will allow users to disable a power management feature that was at the center of so much controversy last month.
The features come in response to the revelation that Apple was deliberately slowing down old iPhones to avoid accidental shutdowns. Apple said the features will be available for the iPhone 6 and later.
Additionally, Apple is adding four new Animoji, including a lion, bear, dragon, and skull. Since launching alongside the iPhone X, Animoji have become a phenomenon unto their own, spawning a fun karaoke trend that was the highlight of a big marketing campaign. You can preview the lion Animoji in the image below.
The introduction of iOS 11.3 will also bring improvements to ARKit, giving developers the tools to create even more immersive augmented reality experiences. Now, ARKit can recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, Apple said, allowing users to decorate their home with virtual posters and wall art before making a purchase.
Finally, Apple is introducing a Health Records feature in the Health app, which will allow consumers to see medical data from multiple providers. Users will receive regular notifications for lab results, medications, conditions, and more. All of this information will be encrypted and protected with a passcode, Apple said.
There are other features coming to iOS 11.3, too, like improvements to Apple News and a feature in HomeKit that will allow developers to add HomeKit support to existing accessories. The software will also feature Advanced Mobile Location (AML), which will automatically send a user’s current location when making a call to emergency services.
The first beta for iOS 11.3 is available now, with an anticipated spring release.