May 20, 2018

IOS 11.3 stops iPhone slow-down, but should you upgrade?

27 January 2018, 07:19 | Camille Rivera

iPhone users will be able to download medical records from hospitals after Apple software update

Apple announces effortless solution bringing health records to iPhone

Besides giving people more control over the operation of older iPhones, the upcoming update dubbed iOS 11.3 will also show how well the device's battery is holding up.

The members of Apple's beta-testing programme will receive the iOS 11.3 beta update via an OTA (over-the-air) update, after installing the proper certificate on an iOS device. Apple had introduced this feature back in June month at WWDC which is finally available for your iOS device.

So there you have it, a couple of fun concepts that give a possible direction that Apple could go in when implementing these features in future beta's of iOS 11.3.

Apple released the first iOS 11.3 public beta on Thursday, just a day after releasing developer beta 1.

Patients from Johns Hopkins Medicine and MedStar Health are among those who can now see their medical records in one place on their iPhones because of an upgrade Apple made to its Health app. Also, you can see if Apple's power management feature is on, and turn it off if so.

Which other features are coming with iOS 11.3?

Apple has always banned battery-health apps from the App Store for security reasons.

It's been reported previously that Apple may launch a new iPad Pro model in 2018 and that it could arrive with the iPhone X's Face ID feature. These will be released in a later build and available on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus. If that means nothing to you, Animoji are animated versions of popular emoji - now only available on the £999 iPhone X (64GB).

iOS 11.3 is also said to introduce a new Business Chat tool that will allow iOS users to communicate with local businesses within Messages without handing over their contact information. The feature will let users schedule appointments and even make purchases using Apple Pay. Apple has lined up companies like Discover, Wells Fargo, Lowe's, and Hilton to start, although we suspect many more will be added in time. From there, the user taps to connect to Apple's software system and data start streaming into the service.

The health records will include information on immunizations, medications, allergies, vitals, lab results, procedures and conditions. "Health Records data is encrypted and protected with a passcode", the company revealed. For example, users could view virtual, interactive exhibits in museums or animate images in movie posters, according to Apple. Aside from hot applications like Animoji, Messages on iCloud and some necessary changes related to the recent battery fiasco, most of the new features are about style.

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