Apple HomePod Gets Its First Software Update

Apple HomePod Gets Its First Software Update

Apple HomePod Gets Its First Software Update

Four new Animoji are arriving for iPhone X users: a lion, bear, skull and dragon.

Apple's iOS 11.3 update brought a new feature to show battery health of an iPhone or iPad and recommended if the battery needs to be replaced. It also adds Business Chat, which enables users to chat with businesses on the Messages app.

The new update includes new and improved features including battery health, improved AR capabilities, health records, data privacy, Animoji, Business Chat and others. On the AR front, ARKit can now detect vertical surfaces like walls and doors, as well as horizontal surfaces such as floors, tables, countertops and more.

The new performance management deature will default to off when devices update to iOS 11.3, according to Apple support, though it will turn back on if there is a subsequent unexpected shutdown.

Battery and Performance: As CEO Tim Cook had promised earlier, the feature that allows users to have better control over their battery is finally here. In addition, Apple has also rolled out watchOS 4.3 and tvOS 11.3 with new features and improvements.

Apple HomePod Gets Its First Software Update
Apple HomePod Gets Its First Software Update

Moreover, the company is launching the beta version of Business Chat, which allows select businesses to communicate with customers directly in the Messages app instead of over social media, email, or by phone. The data includes viewing of lab results, medications, conditions and more. A beta version of this new setting, called iPhone Battery Health, is included in today's new version of iOS.

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". You can see the Maximum capacity of your iPhone's battery and it will be shown as 100% if the phone is new. Chances are you're not one of the very, very few people in this world that need that top performance at all times. The feature will go live first in the USA and Canada, with other regions to follow.

The changelog of the first HomePod update isn't available as yet but reports suggest that it's going to bring support for AirPlay 2 and the ability to pair two HomePod speakers together for stereo sound. You can then head over to the Settings app, then "General", then "Software Update". macOS, watchOS and tvOS updates are also available today.

The final feature in the above list was added following a wash of criticism Apple received after it was uncovered that iOS slows down processor performance in some iPhones in order to prevent shutdowns.

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