After months of beta testing, the long-awaited final version of iOS 11.3 was released, which today not only can, but even the owners of iPhone 5s and 6 must install – it works just fine .
Interestingly, the third big update of the operating system this time will not be the last before its next version – iOS 12. We are definitely waiting for iOS 11.4, the start of testing of which is just around the corner.
Immediately after the release of the final version of iOS 11.3, we switched to it as a whole edition and collectively gathered 10 useful tips * that will help to use it most effectively.
* Please note, some tips are relevant not only specifically for iOS 11.3, but also for iOS 11 in general
1. Check iPhone Battery Status
How: Settings> Battery> Battery Status (only available on iPhone 6 and above)
At the end of last year, the network reported that Apple was slowing down the old iPhone, the battery life of which is nearing its logical conclusion.
At first, we took it as a duck, but we checked the indicated data and made sure that Apple smartphones with old batteries work much slower than new ones.
As a result, the manufacturer admitted that it limited the frequency of the processor so that the batteries that saw life could cope with the load – especially in the cold. To mitigate the negative of users about this, Apple has added battery control in iOS 11.3.
In the menu Settings> Battery> Battery Status, you can check the wear of your iPhone’s battery, determine whether it needs to be replaced, and turn off the forced slowdown of your smartphone if iOS considers it not fresh enough.
2. Be sure to try the new Animoji
Like: Messages> Animoji
Owners of the iPhone X who have already managed to upgrade to iOS 11.3 can already try the new Animoji set, which consists of 4 animated flames:
- The Dragon
- a lion
Their use is no different from those that were available before.
Unfortunately, the owners of the iPhone 8 and other smartphones without the True Depth front-end module did not get the opportunity to fully use Animoji – they can only receive them.
3. Reopen Apple Music video clips
Like: Music> Browse> Video Clips
Together with iOS 11.3, Apple decided to start a massive expansion on YouTube in the matter of music videos and make Apple Music the only right way to watch them.
Clips were in Apple Music before that, but now the company will promote them not just as an addition to music, but also as full-fledged content that deserves close attention.
For this, Apple allocated a separate section for them , through which you can not only access music videos, but also add entire playlists with clips to your media library for every taste.
We hope this will encourage young and talented artists to concentrate not only on music, but also on video.
4. Get ready for the new wave of AR software
Like: App Store> Applications> Applications with AR
iOS 11.3 supports ARKit 1.5 – a new version of Apple’s proprietary augmented reality engine, which is designed to run applications that actively use elements of the surrounding world.
Updated ARKit can use snapping not only to horizontal, but also to vertical surfaces. With it, you can place virtual objects both on the floor or table, and on doors or walls.
Moreover, the new engine now recognizes not only the right objects with right angles (square or rectangular), but also objects of absolutely any shape.
All this extends the boundaries of the work of augmented reality, which developers are already starting to use. Given the long testing period of iOS 11.3, in the near future we should expect a new boom in AR applications, which can and should be monitored through the corresponding section of the App Store.
5. Learn software reviews before buying
Like: App Store> Any program> Ratings and reviews> Sort
Already with the release of iOS 11, it became clear that Apple heard our pleas and took up the App Store. First, the company rethought its appearance and structure, and also created the “Today” section with the most current recommendations from moderators.
And with the release of iOS 11.3, the company encourages us to use a critical approach when downloading programs and games from the application store – actively study user reviews far and wide.
Now you have the opportunity to sort reviews by usefulness, time, and also divide the positive and negative. The former in this case will help to learn about the strengths of the application, and the latter – about the weak.
We will definitely use this when writing reviews on programs and games in order to supplement our opinion on them with the public.
6. Find out the update size for applications
Like: App Store> Updates
I am sure that everyone has faced downloading updates for programs or games from the App Store for too long – you cannot use them at this time, so you just have to wait, wait and wait again.
For example, recently, my colleagues and I wanted to try to kill ourselves together in PUBG , but I decided to update it first. More than 900 MB on the weak Internet downloaded too long – I still could not run with a team of like-minded people.
And all because I had no idea how much the update weighs – there was no information about this in the App Store.
With iOS 11.3, an update to the build version of the application when the update is downloaded, as well as its volume, appears in the application store . Nice little thing.
7. Move applications around the screen in batches
How: Long press on any application on the home screen> Drag it from its place> Touch the programs that you want to move with it a bundle
As it turned out, many users do not know that with the release of iOS 11 it is possible to move application shortcuts on the home screen not one at a time, but in packs -recently wrote about this , and I’m brazenly stealing a fragment of his guide.
- On the iPhone’s desktop, touch the icon of any application, wait 1 second.
- Icon drag and drop mode is activated. Release your finger.
- Again we touch and do not release the icon that we want to transfer to the finished folder.
- We move this icon a little bit so that it unhooks a little from its place.
- We still hold the icon, and with the second hand we click on all the applications that we want to see in one folder.
You can move icons in this way not only from one folder to another or to a folder from the desktop, but simply between different places on the home screen.
Note that on iPad, moving shortcuts around the home screen is even easier. Since the tablet version of iOS 11 fully supports drag-and-drop, you don’t need to wait for the drag and drop mode to turn on – you can just pull the icons right away and put them in packs.
8. Share your Wi-Fi password instantly
How: Hold one iPhone while entering a Wi-Fi password to the second one on which the network is already in use> Confirm the request on the last
The release of the final version of iOS 11.3 is the time to get acquainted with another features that twisted back in iOS 11.
It’s about the ability to quickly share a password from home or office Wi-Fi with a guest who unexpectedly came to you and requires urgent access to a wireless network.
When he tries to connect to your Wi-Fi and just stops at entering a password, just bring your iPhone to his iPhone . A confirmation window will appear, agree to the password transfer.
This is especially useful if you have a very long passcode or password that you use not only to protect Wi-Fi and do not want to reveal it to everyone.
9. Set up a new iPhone through the old
How to: Bring one iPhone on iOS 11 the first time you turn it on to the second> Confirm the transfer request
Another feature that you should definitely know by the time iOS 11.3 is the most convenient way to switch from an old iPhone to a new one. I met her face to face right after the New Year, when I set up the iPhone 8 Plus for my wife using her iPhone 6.
When you turn on the new iPhone on iOS 11, just bring your old Apple smartphone to it with the current version of the operating system.
A message appears asking you to transfer data from one device to another. Accept and follow the on-screen instructions.
The transition process between the iPhone in this way is very fast – most likely, combos from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are used as in AirDrop.
10. Encourage friends to upgrade to iOS 11.3
How: Settings> General> Software Update
I participated in the public testing program iOS 11.3 from the first beta to the last, and after the final release I already tried it on the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 5s.
This is a subjective opinion that current iOS works much better than the previous one – it is trite faster. For example, if some old iPhone used to give up to 1000 points in benchmarks, now it shows up to 1400-1500.
Plus, on iOS 11.2, I had commonplace bugs. For example, during an incoming call there was a ringtone with vibration, and the menu of receiving and canceling a call did not appear on the display. Now everything is fine.
In general, I recommend updating to iOS 11.3 . The firmware has already been brought to mind, so it makes no sense to stay on older versions of iOS 11.