Everything You Need to Know About the iOS 11.3 Update

Apps, Technology / Monday, January 29th, 2018

iOS updates always bring something new to the old iDevices. Be it your iPhone, iPad and even iPod touch, they all run on iOS and all their features rely on updates provided by Apple. The current version of the iOS that all the iDevices are running is the version 11.2.5 but Apple is going to release the 11.3 update really soon which brings a lot of new things to the table.

Let us have a look at what you can expect from the iOS 11.3 update for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

iOS 11.3 Beta Program is ON!

The Apple iOS 11.3 beta is already available for paid developers and people who are enrolled in the Beta Software Program which is free. You need to have an Apple ID to get enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program.

Since the version of iOS is in beta right now, it will have bugs and glitches all over and a beta software isn’t meant for day to day usage. The Beta program is run to identify the issues and glitches in the software and to fix it by checking and analyzing the real life usage of the firmware. If you are running the iOS 11.3 Beta on your Apple device, you might run into problems like software crashes, bad battery life and much more.

All the issues on the beta version are tracked and reported to Apple so that they can work on fixing them and release the update to the public.

iOS 11.3 Release Date

After the beta of any iOS version is released, it stays in beta for a few weeks unless the bugs and glitches are fixed so it might take some time for Apple to release the stable version of iOS 11.3 update. As per the company i.e. Apple, the update is supposed to be released in Spring of 2018 so it is most probable that the update will be released after the 2nd week of March 2018.

Apple also promised that the update will be released in early 2018 so the date for the update to be released to the public isn’t really that far away.

Since this is a major update for the iOS, it’s better that Apple takes their time and fixes everything before releasing the update to the public.

Coming to the release time, the update will follow the similar times that all iOS updates follow. These updates are usually rolled out at 1 PM Eastern time which you can easily convert in your time zone. The roll out is set in stages so you might not get the update on the first day itself.

iOS 11.3 Improvements

Since this is a major iOS update, the improvements aren’t really visual but they are more under the hood. So, you will see a lot of improvements in the way iOS works on your device. The improvements are listed below so you can check them out one by one.

Battery Throttling Fix

After the big fiasco which followed when Apple said they throttle the CPU clock speed on the old devices, Apple has decided to let users choose if they want the update to throttle their device or not.

For people who don’t know what throttling means, Apple used to lower the clock speeds on old Apple devices after the iOS updates and as per them this was to prevent the battery degradation on the devices. The throttling means the device will start lagging and hanging and the experience goes down way too much.

Apple tried fixing this by providing a $29 battery replacement option for old devices but people still aren’t happy. Apple has now decided that they will let the users decide whether to let iOS throttle their device or not after the iOS 11.3 update.

Better App Experience

The iOS 11.3 update will bring better app usage experience as well which means apps will be much more responsive and you will be able to use applications like Movie Box in a much better and easier way. The Movie Box app is just an example from the plethora of applications that are available for iOS.

By better app experience we mean, the apps will open faster and they will also not hang. They will have much better memory management while they are being used and no matter how many apps you open in the background, the device running the iOS 11.3 update will not lag at all.

Better Augmented Reality – AR

Apple will release the iOS 11.3 update with better integrations with their Apple ARKit which will be used by developers to create amazing Augmented Reality applications. The iOS 11.3 update will introduce ARKit 1.5 which the developers can take advantage of.

The ARKit 1.5 in iOS 11.3 will be able to identify and interact with your surroundings with the camera on your iOS device to place new virtual objects. Just imaging, you are in a new street you have never been to before and you take out your phone, open the camera and instantly know the way back to a familiar place, how cool would it be?

iPhone X Improvements

When it comes to the iPhone X, the iOS 11.3 update will bring four new animojis which includes a lion, bear, dragon and a skull. You will also get a new Business Chat which will allow users to communicate directly with business within iMessages.

Also, there will be several improvements in the Face ID which will provide a better unlocking and Face ID purchase experience on the iPhone X.

So, this is everything that you will get in the upcoming iOS 11.3 update for your Apple device and if you have an iPhone X you should specifically be excited for the update since it is mainly the current flagship for Apple and all the improvements are surrounding the iPhone X.


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