Here’s How To Update Your iPhone Or iPad To iOS 11.3

Apple’s iOS 11.3 software is now available to download for iPhone and iPad, and with it, a raft of new updates, including new Animal emoji (Animoji) for the iPhone X.

The update is likely to be the last major tweak for iOS 11 before the next software iteration, iOS 12, is announced at Apple’s annual developers conference WWDC in June.

iOS 11.3 contains new features around battery life, data and privacy information, heath records and Business Chat among others.

How to download iOS 11 for iPhone

1. Check your device is compatible. iOS 11 will run on all iPhones from iPhone 5s upwards, which includes the SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 and the 7 Plus.

2. Make sure you’ve got enough space to house the update. It could take up to around 4GB of storage, so if you own a model with lower storage, you may have to delete some apps or photos. Check how much space you have under Settings > General > Storage.

3. Back your data up to iCloud, just in case. Open Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > iCloud Backup and select Back up Now.

4. Once that’s complete, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Select it, and sit back and relax.

New Animoji

The update will bring the total number of Animoji: the feature which maps certain emoji characters to mimic facial expressions thanks to the iPhone X’s Face ID facial mapping technology, up to 16.

Turn off that battery-throttling feature

iPhone owners will also be able to turn off the controversial battery throttling feature first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, which slowed certain iPhones down in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced the ability to turn the feature off would be included in a forthcoming software update in an interview last week.

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The company confirmed it deliberately slowed older iPhone models as a means of preserving performance and prolonging the life of devices with lower capacity lithium-ion batteries in December.

The new feature will be nested under Settings -> Battery and is available for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

New Data & Privacy warnings

A new privacy icon will be displayed whenever Apple asks for authorisation for personal data to enable features or to personalise a service. Data and privacy information has also been updated to clarify how personal info will be used.

You’ll be able to view your health records

Users will also be able to view their own health records within the Health app, depending on the information participating health institutions have shared, and receive updates from test results, conditions and changes in medication.

The information is encrypted and protected by a passcode to prevent general access, Apple said.

Watch back-to-back music videos in Apple Music

Apple Music will be updated to house music videos, which will play back-to-back free from adverts, Apple confirmed.

Test your horizons with updates to ARKit

ARKit, Apple’s augmented reality framework for developers, will be updated with the ability to accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables and recognise and place virtual objects on horizontal surfaces.

It can also recognise 2D objects like posters and signs, and the view displayed on-screen sports 50 per cent greater resolution.

Test your horizons with updates to ARKit

ARKit, Apple’s augmented reality framework for developers, will be updated with the ability to accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables and recognise and place virtual objects on horizontal surfaces.

It can also recognise 2D objects like posters and signs, and the view displayed on-screen sports 50 per cent greater resolution.

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