On January 25th, Apple released the first public beta testing phase of the upcoming iOS 11.3 update to their testing group. All beta testers who are a part of Apple’s beta testing program received the iOS 11.3 beta update after installing the proper certification on their devices.
If you’re interested in joining the beta testing program you’re able to sign up on Apple’s website, giving you access to all their device betas. It’s very important to note these versions aren’t always stable and should be tested on a backup device.
Important things that are worth noting in this iOS version are features such as messages being stored in iCloud, as well as a new version of ARKit, ARKit 1.5, which can now much more accurately map oddly shaped surfaces.
They’ve also added four new Animojis on the iPhone X, a lion, skull, bear, and a dragon. They’ve added other features as well, such as Business Chat for iMessage, which is still being developed, but it could be a very useful feature once it reaches its full potential.
Two cool key features that are being developed are new battery features. The first thing is that Apple has promised that they will add a toggle to disable performance throttling on iPhones with older batteries, and they’ll add a battery health stat monitor.
Second, there is a new feature in the beta that will allow for you to send your location to emergency services when you call from an iPhone. This is something that will make those who use iPhones feel significantly safer in case of an emergency. Things like that can be crucial by saving time in the event of needed occasions.