Apple offered up a first look at iOS 11.3 today, revealing plans to improve Messages, add new augmented reality features, let you check your health records from the Health app, and control your iPhone’s battery life. But if you have an iPhone X, the biggest news of the day is the four fresh Animoji coming this autumn.
Checking Out Apple’s New Animoji
Once iOS 11.3 hits, you’ll be able to record AR videos using an animated lion, bear, dragon and skull. That’s on top of the 12 Animoji already available with the iPhone X.
Here’s the dragon and the bear:
And here’s the skull and lion:
How to Get the iOS 11.3 Developer Preview Right Now
If you don’t feel like waiting for iOS 11.3’s official release, you have a few options. The easier route is to wait for the first public beta, which Apple says is coming soon. If you’re determined to get those new Animoji as soon as possible, however, you can also sign up for a developer account to access the developer preview that’s available today.
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Apple actually charges developers for early access to new updates (along with other tools and perks) to the tune of $US99 ($123) per year. If that doesn’t bother you – or you’ve already signed up – the rest of the process is pretty straightforward.
You’ll want to back up your device first before registering it on Apple’s website. Then you’ll need to download and install the preview, update your device, and reboot it to complete the process. If you’re going this route, iMore has a detailed step-by-step guide from a recent developer preview that you can follow along with.
How to Install the iOS 11.3 Public Beta Preview
If you’re willing to wait just a little bit longer for the first public beta you can sign up for Apple’s Beta Software Program now and back up your device in the meantime. Once the update hits, go to Apple’s Beta website, head to the iOS tab, click on Download Profile, and select Install. You’ll have to enter your passcode and click through some agreements before hitting Restart to force a reboot.
When your device turns back on, the beta will start to download. After that you can head into Settings, then General and then Software Update to install iOS 11.3 and get those new Animoji. If you get stuck, iMore has a step-by-step guide for this as well to help you through the process.