Apple Adds Business Chat in iOS 11.3


Alongside the public release of iOS 11.3 today Apple has rolled-out their first HomePod software update, vaguely adding "general improvements" to their Siri equiped home smart speaker.

Though Apple's version of the feature is still in beta and only in the United States and Canda for now, it could mark the start of some serious competition for Facebook. On the AR front, the ARKit has been improved to allow apps to extend the mixed-world experience to vertical surfaces like walls and doors, in addition to the horizontal surfaces.

For iPhone X owners, you'll be getting four new animated "Animoji" emoji: a lion, a bear, a dragon and a skull.

Business Chat is a new way for users to communicate directly with businesses using the Messages app on iPhone and iPad.

The Business Chat feature makes it easy to have a conversation with a service representative, schedule appointments or make purchases using Apple Pay from within the Messages app. It allows businesses to respond to questions, schedule appointments, and make payments via chat messages.

And iOS 11.3 is also the battery update we've all been waiting for.

Business Chat does not share your contact information with the businesses.

In addition to the battery health features, the new iOS 11.3 includes a Health Records feature that allows patients of more than 40 USA health care providers to view their organized records on the iPhone and a privacy feature in which a privacy icon and detailed privacy information would appear whenever Apple asked for access to personal information.

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Patients from participating providers will view lab results, medications, conditions, and more.

The web page will let users download data stored across individual apps and services.

Apple will release the first software update for the HomePod alongside iOS 11.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Other new features include a USA exclusive Health records section inside Apple's Health app, and a new privacy icon that's displayed whenever Apple asks for personal information such as an Apple ID password.

The update also includes new information about your iPhone's battery health. However, the Battery Health feature will available on all iPhone 6 and above models, including the flagship iPhone X. There will be this text, followed by a blue link that says "Disable:" "This iPhone has experienced an unexpected shutdown because the battery was unable to deliver the necessary peak power".

Playback of videos works just like it always has, modeling the card interface of standard music playback. Curated playlists include "Today's Video Hits", among others.

Apple also added the option of finding friends with similar tastes in music, with updated suggestions that reveal genres people enjoy and identifying mutual friends who like that style of song.