Apple Releases First Ever 11.3 Software Update for HomePod

Apple fans notice small iOS change which could mean a big update is on the way

In addition to the new battery checking tool, iOS 11.3 also introduces a new privacy icon to help users identify when Apple is requesting private information and not a third-party.

Apple's augmented reality development suite, ARKit, sees new functionality in iOS 11.3. That's likely a not-so-subtle dig at the current most popular music video platform: YouTube. Battery Health can also tell you if your phone's performance is being throttled due to its battery's age, and if it is, let you disable that feature at the risk of encountering unexpected shutdowns.

The feature is included in iOS 11.3, released on Thursday.

IPhone users at more than 100 hospitals and clinics in the USA can now access parts of their medical records through the Health app, Apple announced today.

Amidst the brouhaha over Facebook's data mishandling, Apple is setting out to make its own data practices a bit more transparent in iOS 11.3. Users can watch the hottest new videos, classics or ones from their favourite artists back-to-back in new music video playlists.




Tapping or clicking on Music Videos will bring you to a new section, with larger images highlighting several music videos at the top.

There's also a Business Chat feature (still in beta and only for the USA for now) in the Messages app that provides a new way to communicate with participating businesses. That's not all. iPhone X users will be able to enjoy four new Animoji - Lion, bear, dragon, and skull. This update is reaching Apple's computers as well, as part of the macOS 10.13.4 release.

Locking the videos behind Apple Music's subscription wall is a distinctly different tactic we've seen from the likes of VEVO, a video streaming service who's long offered free music videos from Universal, Sony and Warner for free on its website and mobile apps with advertisements.

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. But the service is now only available in beta, and user who want it will have to install that version of the software.

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