Apple Adding Battery Monitor, Performance Controls to iOS 11.3

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

The current capabilities of the public beta are limited and basically allow only the playing and pausing of music. Apple's mobile operating system is going to get a fairly big update later this Spring but already they have released a beta version that reveals some of the updates. The improvements in ARKit 1.5 may help produce such a killer app, and it's interesting that Apple chose to lead off its press release with a developer-focused change.

Previously you've only been allowed to drop items on horizontal surfaces, like tables or floors, but now you'll be able to use vertical ones as well.

"There has been lots of buzz around ARKit", said Ramon Llamas, research manager at IDC. For example, if you have two Apple TVs running tvOS 11.3 installed in different rooms from your house, you can use the iPhone to play the same song on both, thanks to the multi-room audio feature of AirPlay 2.

The first beta of iOS 11.3 was launched earlier this week, and Felipe Esposito of iHelp quickly spotted (below) that multiple strings of code within the software make mention of a so-called "modern iPad".

The new Business Chat app comes with support from select businesses, including Discover, Hilton, Lowe's, and Wells Fargo.

Business Chat in Messages app
Business Chat lets users communicate directly with businesses within the Messages app

The attraction of Business Chat is that you can converse with a support rep, schedule an appointment, and make purchases within the Messages app without sharing your contact information. The user's Apple device passcode protects records further. Will Apple want to encourage users to do that though?

However, "unless a substantial number of business people live on the iOS platform, [Business Chat] is likely to be a niche feature", he suggested. The software update will also let iPhone users access their hospital health records, adds new animated emojis for the iPhone X, and new video features for the Apple Music service and the news-reading app. Overall, it should help patients feel more at ease knowing that they can access their own health information if they are ever concerned.

Patients can use the single app to view health data including allergies, medical conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vitals from various healthcare organizations.

What's more, the release will bundle a total of four fresh Animoji - a bear, a dragon, a lion and a skull - in addition to a new Health Records section of the Health application and a slew of enhancements for ARKit, Apple's AR framework.

In a somewhat controversial move, Apple is adding a new health records feature to iOS Health app.

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