Apple seeds third betas of iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4


iOS 11.3 Beta 1
iOS 11.3 adds Messages on iCloud, new animojis and more.
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Apple developers received a fresh batch of new beta builds this morning, including the third beta of iOS 11.3, which is set to bring a host of new features and emoji to the public later this year.

Other new beta builds seeded today includes macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta 3 and tvOS 11.3 beta 3, both contain a number of bug fixes, under-the-hood improvements and other changes for the Mac and Apple TV.

Registered developers can grab the new beta updates directly from Apple’s online developer portal. You can install iOS 11.3 beta 3 via an over-the-air update if you have the previous build installed or download the installation profile from Apple’s website. The updates come exactly two weeks after iOS 11.3 beta 2 came out.

What’s in iOS 11.3

As the first major iOS update of 2018, iOS 11.3 contains a couple of big updates. The biggest new additions in iOS 11.3 relate to battery health and Apple’s decision to throttle CPU speeds on iPhones with older batteries. There’s now an option in Settings to view your battery’s health as well as choose whether you want Apple to lower CPU performance to prevent unwanted crashes.

iPhone X owners now have 16 Animoji to play with thanks to the update. Business chat has been added to iMessage, giving users the ability to message major corporation’s customer service reps directly from the Messages app.

Apple News now has a “For You” Section that displays the day’s top videos. The App Store now shows information about app size updates. Apple also added support for Advanced Mobile Location so emergency responders have more precise location data if you dial 911.