More big news out of Apple this morning. The company’s offering up a preview of what’s to come in the latest version of its mobile operating system. The biggest updates here are coming to power management, its augmented reality platform ARKit, Animoji and the company’s Health app.
You can check out a more in-depth preview of ARKit 1.5 over here. The new platform brings the ability to recognize objects on vertical surfaces like walls, along with circular tables, adding to its current ability to position things on tables and chairs. The system is also capable of spotting 2D images includes posters and signs, opening a pretty broad range of potential applications in places like museums.
There are new Animojis on the way with the release as well. 11.3 will bring a dragon, bear, lion and skull to its list of animated avatars, bring the full number up to 16 characters.
Notably, the new version of the operating system also features a some ket updates to the way the company hands battery. iOS 11.3 features a battery health meter and offers up recommendations when it’s time to get your battery looked at. Users can also choose to shut off the company’s controversial decision to throttle performance in order to save battery life on older phones.
That feature is arriving in a later beta release of iOS 11.3 and will be available for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.