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

Audrey Hill
March 30, 2018

When you first install iOS 11.3, you're greeted with a landing page about its new Data & Privacy feature that states, "Apple believes privacy is a fundamental human right".

It was originally believed that the rollout would coincide with the Apple "Let's Take a Field Trip" event on March 27, but that didn't happen. But the service is now only available in beta, and user who want it will have to install that version of the software.

With iOS 11.3, the company is providing users with Battery Health metrics, inside its existing Battery settings menu.

The introduction of ARKit with iOS 11 put augmented reality into the hands of hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users, making iOS the world's biggest AR platform. Earlier, devices were only able to map horizontal surfaces.

The version will bring to life four all-new Animojis for iPhone X users - a lion, bear, dragon or skull. Messages now includes a Business Chat feature that allows you to connect to representatives from businesses, and you'll find this in watchOS 4.3 as well. This will allow customer support agents using Zendesk to provide prompt and responsive support to customers who use Messages on Apple devices.

Once you've started a thread, you can ask questions or make purchases using Apple Pay.

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Owners of compatible iOS devices can follow instructions here to update to iOS 11.3.

Just like the previous iOS updates, getting this update is simple. With recent generations of phones, starting with the iPhone 6, Apple started using lithium-ion batteries.

Apple is also introducing a new feature in the Health app. You'll also be able to tell within the settings if Apple's "performance management" battery feature -that's the fancy way of saying Apple could dynamically throttle your phone - is turned on. The message reads: "Apple believes privacy is a fundamental human right, so every Apple product is created to minimize the collection and use of your data, use on-device processing whenever possible, and provide transparency and control over your information". Health Records data is encrypted and protected with a passcode.

This will only be available if you've got a participating medical institution on board.

It will contain info about any allergies you have, immunisations you've received and even medical lab results.

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