Participants of the free beta testing program Apple Seed can download the beta 3 of iOS 11.3 over-the-air, provided the appropriate configuration profile has been installed on the iOS device. The previous day, the Beta 3 has already been released for paid developers.

Airplay 2 is out again

iOS 11.3 Beta no longer supports the new Airplay 2 audio feature. Apple has also removed it in the developer beta, which appeared yesterday. AirPlay 2 provides a multi-room audio experience. This means that you can play music or other audio content synchronously on your iPhone through multiple "Apple TV" boxes in your home. Unfortunately, this feature has now been removed. About the reasons Apple is silent. This is important for HomePod users because no two smart speakers can be configured as a stereo pair.

iOS 11.3 also includes four other Animoji characters for the iPhone X, including a lion, 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 users' message history on the network and syncs it between all their devices.

This is how parents should be able to approve purchases with Face ID when using an iPhone X. In addition, an overhaul of Apple Books is planned and it now appears that Apple plans a new single sign-on service for the Web, which may already be introduced with iOS 11.3.

The software update offers 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 recognize 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 real view through the camera when using AR provides a 50 percent higher resolution (1080p) in ARKit 1.5 and supports autofocus.

In the Health App, Apple adds a new Health Records feature to it To facilitate customers with a participating medical facility to directly access their data in the iPhone, even if this medical information is distributed across multiple providers. Of course, this only happens with the consent of the user. So far, only US clinics are involved in this cooperation.

Check Battery Health and Disable Throttling

As in the previous beta, Beta 3 of iOS 11.3 has an update regarding the iPhone battery. This allows the user to retrieve information about the battery status of the iPhone. The function is the consequence of the throttling affair that Apple experienced at the turn of the year. A power management feature reduced the clock speed of the processors without the knowledge of the user when a worn out battery was detected. That can now be switched off.


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