Apple has announced what users of its iPhone and iPad products can expect when its new iOS 11.3 update drops later this year.
The massive new software update is in beta, but is set to bring a new range of features to Apple products – as well as upgrade some existing features, too.
The headline change coming with iOS 11.3 will let users check on the health of their phone’s battery.
A new option will allow owners of Apple products to see a gauge that reveals the health of the battery inside the device, telling users if they need to service their phone.
This will be found in Settings > Battery and will be available for iPhone 6 and later.
The update will also let users see if the power management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns is on – and allow them to turn it off.
This controversial feature was first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, and made headlines around the world when users discovered it was ‘throttling’ the performance of older models.
This feature will be available for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The new update also adds more Animojis to the iPhone X.
Introduced late last year, the animated characters will see the addition of a skull, a lion, a bear and a dragon.
Working with the TrueDepth camera in iPhone X, over 50 different facial muscle movements are captured, analysed and then animated, allowing users to send Animoji messages as one of 16 different characters.
Apple also plans to add more augmented reality features to other iPhones and iPads.
Using advanced computer vision techniques to find and recognise the position of 2D images such as signs, posters, and artwork, ARKit can integrate these real world images into AR experiences such as filling a museum with interactive exhibits or bringing a movie poster to life.
According to Apple, the view of the real world through the camera now has 50 percent greater resolution and supports auto-focus for an even sharper perspective.
New Animoji in iOS 11.3 include a dragon, bear, skull and lion for a total of 16 characters
Apple also plans to add Health Records into its products.
This will bring hospital records, clinical records and its own data to allow consumers to see a report on their health from various providers.
Apple Music will also soon be expanding its remit to cover music videos as well as tracks – you’ll be able to create music video playlists on the service, watching new releases and classics all in one place.
Apple New is also receiving an update: the service will now make it easier to keep track of videos on the latest stories, and it’ll add a new Business Chat option that allows users to communicate directly with various services.
Apple hasn’t confirmed a launch date for iOS 11.3 just yet.
The developer preview of iOS 11.3 is available to iOS Developer Program members now, however, and has been live since Wednesday.
A public beta preview is available at beta.apple.com.
iOS 11.3 will be available this spring as a free software update for iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch 6th generation.