Apple previews the upcoming iOS update, improvements to ARKit, battery, animojis

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Apple gifted us with new Animoji, more insight into battery health, and an update for ARKit yesterday with its release of iOS 11.3.

Apple made a big announcement this week in the health space, saying that it would add an iPhone feature allowing users to see medical records.

In breaking digital health news today, Apple has announced that it is launching a feature that will allow consumers to see their medical records right on their iPhone. Apple says iOS 11.3 will be free for those with iPhone 5S and later, iPad Air and iPad Pro, iPad fifth gen, iPad Mini 2 and later, and iPod Touch sixth gen. Users can disable the throttling in Settings. Apple quickly admitted that it had indeed slowed down older iPhones and iPads, apologized, and said that it would give that control to users. Before that, and putting all thoughts of how Apple got to this point aside, we thought we'd have a bit of fun and conceptualize what this feature would look like and highlight some of the challenges Apple is facing.

A long-anticipated addition to the iPhone's Health app, the health records feature will enable users to pull up their medical history, such as past procedures and lab results.

But with the upcoming iOS 11.3, Apple seems to be seeking to make amends - a move that we welcome.

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This feature is available for devices such as iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Also, you can find many helpful tutorials on Youtube.

For now you can't send medical records from the app to a new doctor or some other health care provider you're considering.

Apple has form in this area as they already provide several ways to see the condition of your laptop battery within macOS. This will be possible as it will now be able to recognize vertical surfaces like walls, as well as more accurately map non-rectangular surfaces like round tables.

With iOS 11.3, Apple will also be introducing four new Animoji characters - a lion, a bear, a dragon, and a skull - and upgrading the augmented reality capabilities of its ARKit tool.

Apple Music will soon feature music videos without commercial interruptions. The update will also add Advanced Mobile Location to automatically send a user's location to emergency services. Additionally, patients receive notifications when their health record is updated. While Apple hasn't offered any explanation, it would appear that recent complaints by customers about a lack of transparency in how it updates and modifies the performance of customers' devices prompted the company to be more open about its plans.

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