Apple has released iOS 11.3 which promises to deliver new experiences with augmented reality, new Animoji for iPhone X users, access to health records and more. For those concerned about battery health, there is more “visibility into the battery health and performance.”
The new ARKit updates allow for AR experiences with vertical surfaces and more accurate mapping of irregular surfaces. There is a promises “50 percent greater resolution” and support for auto-focus.
Animoji has added a lion, bear, dragon and skull. So, if you have an iPhone X, you can now use these new characters.
A new feature in beta is Business Chat that allows communication directly with businesses using the Messages app on iPhone and iPad. When performing certain searches, you may say the option to contact businesses using Messages to ask questions about products or services. The conversations can be continues on Apple Watch or Mac too.
The new Health Records feature helps patients of more than 40 health systems to view their medical records from their iPhone. The data is encrypted and protected with a passcode.
With recent revelations about Facebook and privacy, Apple has introduced updated data and privacy information to make it easier for you to understand and know when Apple is asking for access to personal information.
Last, 11.3 adds the ability to better see your battery health. Go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health (Beta) to learn more.
A final list of additional features includes:
Apple Music now streams music videos uninterrupted by ads. Users can watch the hottest new videos, classics or ones from their favorite artists back-to-back in new music video playlists.
Apple News makes it easier to stay up-to-date on the most important videos of the day with a new Video group in For You, and improved Top Stories.
Commuters in Beijing and Shanghai can begin using Apple Pay on their iPhone and Apple Watch for an easy, fast and secure ride on Metro and bus lines.
Apple TV app, a unified place for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV users to discover and start watching the best shows and movies, will launch in Brazil and Mexico. These markets join Apple TV app users in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK.
Brazil will gain Siri support on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV (4th generation), making it possible to search for and access movies, shows, songs, apps and more, using just your voice.
HomeKit software authentication provides a great new way for developers to add HomeKit support to existing accessories while protecting privacy and security.
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 has released a new 9.7-inch iPad with Pencil support and a Retina display. The new device has an A10 Fusion chip, so you can mutlitask, an 8MP rear camera with 1080p HD video and support for augmented reality. The screen resolution is 2048 x 1536.
With the recently released updates to the iWork suite than now support Apple Pencil, the device can be an all in one capture, editing and collaboration tool.
The iPad models now come in the following sizes: 12.9″, 10.5″, 9.7″ and 7.9″ with varying power, displays and with the exception of the 7.9″ all support the Apple Pencil. You can compare models, prices, and features here.
Apple has updated Keynote, Pages and Numbers for iOS.
According to Apple “For the first time, users will be able to draw, sketch or write with Apple Pencil directly in the Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps. With Apple Pencil, advanced yet easy-to-use tools allow all users, from students to professionals, to bring their documents to life with drawings, illustrations, diagrams and more. Apple Pencil can also be used to easily and precisely add color, texture and more to any drawing.”
Book creation is now possible in Pages for iOS and macOS allowing users to collaborate in real time.
You can read more about the various updates including Box integration, Donut Charts and more here.
If you use the Lexis legal research service, you will find the updated Lexis Advance® HD app a useful tool to allow you to research on the go.
You can search the various services you have access to including State, Federal, Practice Areas and more.
The information is displayed in an easy to see format and you can easily filter the information. When you find a case of interest, you can see it displayed along with the citation and various hyperlinks in the case will take you to the cases and statutes cited.
One helpful feature is the ability to download cases, statutes and other files and store them locally for reference later.
The developer states:
With the Lexis Advance app, you can:
• View and annotate documents while offline with ability to sync changes!
• View alerts instantly
• Stay organized with remote access to saved files and folders
• Access favorites, previous research results quickly and search within results
• Ensure your research is “good law” with Shepard’s®
• Browse Sources and access Table of Contents
• Highlight and annotate text within documents
• Deliver documents via email, wireless printing or one-click PDF options
So, if you already have the service, you should try the app to take your research on the go. This app works on the iPhone as well.
So, you got a new watch for the holidays and want to make sure to transfer your information to you new watch from your old watch.
In the end, the process takes a while and you should take the time needed to accomplish it. Don’t plan on cracking open your new watch, transferring the data and be ready in 10 minutes or less.
Apple has put together several different pages which do not make the process very clear.
According to Apple, “Apple Watch content backs up automatically to your companion iPhone, so you can restore your Apple Watch from a backup. When you back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes, your iPhone backup will also include your Apple Watch data.”
You can read these different Apple pages to get a sense of the process. However, plan on spending at least an hour to make sure it is right.
Apple has released an update to iOS 11 to address an issue with the keyboard auto-correct and where “Hey Siri” stops working.
To update, connect to a Wi-Fi network and tap on Settings > Software Update and download and install. As usual, it is always best to back up your device first. You can read more about the update process here.