Apple rolls out first iOS 11.3 beta with iCloud Messages and more

First public versions of iOS 11.3 available for testing.

Right after the official 11.2.5 update became available for everyone, Apple launched the first beta of its upcoming iOS 11.3 update planned for the spring. It brings many changes and improvements to supported iPhones and iPads, like the iCloud Messages promised back in June, new Animoji, and more.

Messages on iCloud is a feature introduced at the conference in June, but after initial beta testing it was removed from the official iOS 11 update in September. However, it’s now ready to debut for everyone on iOS with the 11.3 update. iCloud Messages can free up space on your iPhone, as you can keep photos and attached files in the cloud.

Apple is introducing with iOS 11.3 ARKit 1.5 for developers – an upgraded version of the augmented reality tools to help developers build AR apps.

iOS 11.3 Beta 1 also has four new Animated Emoji that mimics the facial expressions in front of an iPhone X with a TrueDepth camera. With these four new Animoji (skeleton, bear, dragon and lion), your kid can now enjoy a total of 16 animoji with your powerful new iPhone X.

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Along with these new features, iOS 11.3 Beta has many under the hood tweaks and changes in the code for which you can read here. Some built-in apps have been improved too, like Apple News that will offer top videos in the ‘For You’ section. HomeKit software is finally supported in iOS in this update, which would allow many companies to bring their accessories to iOS. There is also a new Privacy Screen popping up once you finish installing iOS 11.3.

In a later beta of iOS 11.3, Apple will offer a more detailed information about the battery, in attempts to calm down everyone after the ‘battery gate’ – throttling iPhones with degraded batteries.

Apple says that the official iOS 11.3 update will be released in the spring, without mentioning the specific date, but first we will go through many beta versions for developers and public testers.

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