Apple recently updated its operating system and launched iOS 11.3. While small updates to iOS 11, it does add a privacy feature and a battery health check. In light of the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal and claims that Apple intentionally slows down its phones, these two features are nice additions.
The Data & Privacy feature brought by iOS 11.3 adds a “privacy icon” whenever Apple wants to access your personal information to personalize your experience or enable certain features. “We could make a ton of money if we monetised our customers, if our customers were our product … We’ve elected not to do that. We’re not going to traffic in your personal life. Privacy to us is a human right, a civil liberty,” said Apple CEO recently when announcing this update. However, beyond this feature, iOS 11.3 does not offer other privacy or security functionalities.
The update also features a new “battery health” feature that will allow you to see whether your battery has degraded or if Apple is slowing down your device to offset battery problems. To check, you can now go to Settings – Battery – Battery Health.
Additionally, Apple’s augmented reality developer package ARKit is receiving a major update with the iOS 11.3. There are also new animojis – a bear, lion, dragon, and skull – to play with.
More privacy and security features will be launched in May when Apple publishes a website where you can download information the company has on you and request to delete your data. This is in compliance with European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which could fine the companies who don’t comply with its mandate up to €20 million – $23.7 million – or 4% of annual turnover, whichever sum is largest.