Apple Spotlights Key iOS 11.3 Features

Apple on Wednesday uncovered new features that will become available when iOS 11.3 is released this spring.

The organization has released the developer review of iOS 11.3 to individuals from the iOS Developer Program. An open beta of the update is expected in no time.

The update will give better approaches to experience augmented reality on the iPhone and iPad, offer new Animoji on the iPhone X, and give users a consolidated perspective of their health records in the Health app.

A beta adaptation of ARKit – Apple’s AR dev platform for iOS mobile phones – additionally has been released to devs.

ARKit 1.5 can turn posters, signs and artwork into intuitive AR experiences. It can perceive and put virtual objects on vertical surfaces, for example, walls and doors.

“There has been lots of buzz around ARKit,” said Ramon Llamas, research manager at IDC.

“Apple’s helping democratize AR and that’s a very smart way to do it,” he told TechNewsWorld, “with a significant installed base of users, particularly on the iPhone X.”

Apple has been scrabbling to stay competitive in AR, recommended Michael Jude, research manager at Stratecast Frost & Sullivan.

“The Android family of phones is already well on its way to AR,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Apple has had the hardware platform, but has been slow on the software side. It think they’re looking at being left in the dust if they don’t deliver some real application capabilities.”

Talking Business

Another Business Chat feature, which will dispatch in beta when iOS 11.3 is made freely accessible, will give users a chance to communicate specifically with organizations within the Messages app.

Among the organizations Business Chat at first will work with are Lowe’s, Discover and Wells Fargo.

The app gives users a chance to chat with a service rep, schedule an appointment, or influence purchases through Apple Pay without leaving the app. The feature doesn’t impart the users’ contact information with businesses, and users can quit chatting whenever.

Business Chat lets users communicate directly with businesses within the Messages app.

Lowe’s is a far second to Home Depot in the home improvement market; MasterCard and Visa rule the credit card market; and Wells Fargo is still under a cloud for its banking practices, which brings up the issue of why Apple collaborated with these specific organizations.

“Partners that are hungry can be counted to push the Apple capabilities to shore up their business,” Frost’s Jude watched. “If Apple wants to dictate terms, a weaker partner is the way to go.”

Be that as it may, “unless a substantial number of business people live on the iOS platform, [Business Chat] is likely to be a niche feature,” he recommended.

To Your Health

The new Health Records features in the Health app will enable buyers to see their available medical information from numerous suppliers, including hospitals and clinics, organized in one view.

Health Records improves users' health data access and control.

They additionally will get regular notifications for lab results, medications and other health-related information. Health Records information is encrypted and password secured.

Better Battery Performance

Apple’s Tuesday arrival of iOS 11.2.5 settled a few vulnerabilities and included new features.

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

The organization obviously has quickened its update rollout pace, said Linda Sui, a research director at Strategy Analytics.

The organization “wanted to please iOS users and remove the adverse impact from slowing down old iPhones,” she told TechNewsWorld.

The iPhone X’s weaker-than-anticipated execution and battery life issues likewise are factors, and iOS 11.3’s release will “help Apple fight against these headwinds,” Sui said.

A Few More Things

iOS 11.3 will give the iPhone’s camera 50 percent greater resolution, and will support autofocus.

The update has added four Animoji characters to the 12 effectively accessible.

In iOS 11.3, Apple Music will offer ad-free music videos.

Apple News will have another Video group in the For You sections and an enhanced Top Stories area.

HomeKit software authentication will enable developers to add HomeKit support to existing accessories while ensuring security and privacy.

 

Source: Richard Adhikari | TechNewsWorld