Apple's new iOS 11.3 update, here's all you need to know

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Apple has released a preview to what is their next major iOS update, the iOS 11.3.

New battery management features will be added in a later iOS 11.3 beta release, Apple said.

The iOS 11.3 update will also introduce a handful of new Animoji for the iPhone X. The software update will bring a dragon, bear, skull, and lion to the existing characters.

"Patients from participating medical institutions will have information from various institutions organized into one view and receive regular notifications for their lab results, medications, conditions and more", the company said, adding that the data will be encrypted and password protected.

Speculations ran rife that Apple was deliberately stifling the performance of older devices. Before that, and putting all thoughts of how Apple got to this point aside, we thought we'd have a bit of fun and conceptualize what this feature would look like and highlight some of the challenges Apple is facing.

Apple's most recent announcement means that iPhone users in the United States will be able to download their medical records from hospitals.

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Apple's latest iOS 11.3 brings AirPlay 2 experience to your iOS device.

Other coming features include improved support for augmented reality (AR), four new animated emoji characters, and a Health App update for viewing medical records.

This guide assumes you are performing these steps using an iOS device, which is recommended for simplicity. Users can also see if the power management feature - first introduced in iOS 10.2.1 - is on and can choose to turn it off, the company said. There is a small problem: all you can do with an Apple TV in the Home App is play and pause music.

Download the update from the Software Update page and plug your iPhone or iPad in to load the update.

The new update will be available to consumers this spring. This will be possible as it will now be able to recognize vertical surfaces like walls, as well as more accurately map non-rectangular surfaces like round tables.

Apple also says that if you're covered under warranty, AppleCare+ or consumer law (for example, because your battery is faulty rather than degraded as a result of age), it will replace your battery at no charge if it retains less than 80% of its original capacity. Support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) to automatically send a user's current location when making a call to emergency services in countries where AML is supported. "Apple is uniquely positioned to help scale adoption because they have both a secure and trusted platform and have adopted the latest industry open standards at a time when the industry is well positioned to respond", Cedars-Sinai CIO Darren Dworkin said in prepared remarks. Stay tuned on PhoneRadar for more details about the upcoming Apple iPad Pro.

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