Apple continues its beta program for the upcoming iOS 11.3 updates and has now released the beta 2 of the mobile operating system for subscribers to the developer program.
Participants of the paid developer program can now download the beta 2 of iOS 11.3 over-the-air, provided that the corresponding configuration profile has been installed on the iOS device.
iOS 11.3 Beta supports the new audio feature, Airplay 2, even though it is not fully functional yet is capable of ionizing. However, it can already be used together with the beta for tvOS 11.3 for Apple TV. AirPlay 2 enables a multi-room audio experience. This means that you can play music or other audio content perfectly synchronized with your iPhone through multiple "Apple TV" boxes in your home.
The software update provides new ARKit tools for developers. With the new ARKit 1.5, the technology detects and places virtual objects on vertical surfaces and can more accurately detect irregularly shaped surfaces. ARKit is able to detect the position of signs, posters and images and integrate them into AR scenes. Thus, e.g. Museums filled with interactive exhibits or a movie poster come to life. The camera's real view when using AR provides 50 percent higher resolution (1080p) in ARKit 1.5 and supports autofocus.
iOS 11.3 also includes four new Animoji characters for the iPhone X, including one Lions, a bear, a dragon and a skull. It also introduces the iCloud Messages feature. This feature has been on iOS 11 before but was removed. It stores the message flows of the users in the network and synchronizes them between all its devices.
In addition, iOS 11.3 should provide significant changes for the HomeKit authentication. Previously, manufacturers had to make hardware changes to the changes. This has resulted in significantly fewer vendors agreeing than might be possible, and more expensive than necessary due to the extra hardware.
In the Health App, Apple adds a new Health Records feature to make it easier for customers with a participating medical facility to directly access their data in the iPhone, even if that medical information is spread across multiple providers. Of course, this only happens with the consent of the user. So far only US clinics are in this cooperation.
Not yet included in this beta version of iOS 11.3 is information about the battery health of the device. This is to be followed later and is the consequence of the throttling affair, Apple had to cope with the turn of the year. This power management feature reduced the clock speed of the processors without the knowledge of the user when a worn out battery was detected. The throttling function should now be switched off.
Other new features in iOS 11.3 include support for streaming ad-free music videos in Apple Music, a new "For You" video of the day in the Apple News, a new HomeKit software authentication, for accessory manufacturers facilitate incorporating HomeKit into existing devices, and support for the Advanced Mobile Location (AML) feature, which automatically sends a user's current location when making an emergency call. This feature is not supported everywhere.