Apple's upcoming iOS 11.3 update is bringing a few improvements to its augmented reality software, some new animoji, and, luckily, more granular control over your iPhone's performance. You'll be able to choose for yourself whether or not you want to decrease the performance of your iPhone for the sake of boosting your battery life, overriding Apple's previous and controversial decision to slow down iPhones with degraded batteries, all without the user's knowledge.
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Here's what Apple says about the upcoming update:
iOS 11.3 adds new features to show battery health and recommend if a battery needs to be serviced. These can be found in Settings -> Battery and are available for iPhone 6 and later.
Additionally, users can now see if the power management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns, first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, is on and can choose to turn it off. This feature can be found in Settings -> Battery and is available for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The news of Apple deliberately slowing down iPhone smartphones with degraded batteries was met with criticism by affected iPhone users, with some choosing to take the issue to court with a lawsuit against the company. Apple has since updated its battery replacement program, discounting the former $119 battery replacement to a more reasonable $39.
Apple's ARKit for iOS 11 makes it relatively easy for developers to take advantage of the company's augmented reality features, and gives consumers the opportunity to interact with a virtual world layered over your actual environment. Augmented reality games are certainly the flashiest way to demonstrate its many uses, but some of the best augmented reality apps aren't games at all. These AR tools for iOS empower you with the tools you need to establish some sense of order in your home, plan for the future (in terms of what couch you're going to buy this spring) and get started on some home improvement projects without lifting a hammer.
If you're worried about keeping your phone in working order, however, I suggest you let Apple handle the whole "battery management" issue, at least until you replace your battery to turn back the hands of time on your ageing iOS device. Unexpected shutdowns can result in corrupted data, and Apple's battery management solution aims to prevent your phone from shutting down during use, an issue you rarely think about until your phone dies in the middle of a call.
Whether you get a new battery from Apple or decide to take matters into your own hands without fear of voiding your old device's warranty, replacing it will restore your iPhone's original zippy performance.