Apple releases iOS 11.3 with iPhone battery management, new Animoji, and more
After beta testing the update since January, Apple today is rolling out iOS 11.3 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The new version has a slew of additions, including new Animoji characters for the iPhone X, improved ARKit for more advanced augmented reality, and the ability to turn off processor throttling for iPhones with aging batteries inside.
That last feature is the result of a hailstorm of criticism and bad press that Apple faced when it was discovered that iOS automatically slows down peak processor performance in some iPhones to prevent unexpected shutdowns. The controversy forced Apple to issue a public apology, and now customers will be given the option to disable all throttling no matter how old their iPhone’s battery is.
This comes at the risk of a user’s iPhone powering down if the battery can’t provide sufficient power for some intensive processor tasks. Replacing an iPhone’s battery is the best way to maintain peak performance and avoid throttling altogether. The ability to toggle throttling on or off only applies to the iPhone 7 / 7 Plus, SE, 6S / 6S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus for now. But all users with an iPhone 6 or later will see a new battery health screen that will recommend if a battery needs to be serviced.
iOS 11.3 also introduces four new Animoji for iPhone X owners: a lion, bear, dragon, and skull are joining the existing lineup.