Apple software update adds new privacy tools to protect users' data

Katie Ramirez
March 30, 2018

Apple released most of its round of mid-stream features updates today, including iOS 11.3, watchOS 4.3, and tvOS 11.3, which have been in beta since late January. The two most important pre-requisties are these: more than 50% battery life on your device before installing and a WiFi network for downloading the update.

In addition to the latest performance controls, Apple has also introduced four new Animoji on iPhone X, which allows users to create animated emoji that mimic their facial behavior.

Currently, the update regarding battery health and its success will be a big thing for the company and their customer.

As mentioned, iPhone handsets have also received the previously promised battery health feature, which alerts owners when their battery may need serviced.

How to get iOS 11.3?

Google Home can now connect to any Bluetooth speaker
Together, Google Home and Bluetooth speakers make the flawless arrangement for amping up the music throughout your entire home. Tell Google Assistant to play music to house speakers, and you'll hear the same song playing from each connected unit.

You can download iOS 11.3 final version for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch right now with new Animoji, Battery Health, and more. The option will start to show up for participating businesses (Home Depot, Marriott, and Wells Fargo are among a handful of early partners) when you search for them in Maps, Safari, or Spotlight Search on your iPhone. Here you'll see a sampling of featured and new videos, along with curated video playlists put together by Apple's team. Apple touts that this makes for a "new music video experience for Apple Music". Apple Music subscribers could watch unlimited, ad-free videos before the update, but now it's just a lot easier to find them. 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.

Apple users worldwide will see a new data privacy information page when they update the software from Thursday on their iPhones explaining an icon which will appear when an Apple feature collects personal information.

Messages in iCloud is finally available in iOS 11.3.

Other features arriving with iOS 11.3 include Business Chat, a new way for someone to swap messages with a business using the Messages app. Apple needs to add those features to comply with GDPR. You can then head over to the Settings app, then "General", then "Software Update". macOS, watchOS and tvOS updates are also available today.

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