Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Apple revamps privacy controls to comply with new European law

Apple revamps privacy controls to comply with new European law

Apple has made good on Cook's promise with iOS 11.3.

Apple released most of its round of mid-stream features updates today, including iOS 11.3, watchOS 4.3, and tvOS 11.3, which have been in beta since late January.

It also will let you know if the battery is now supporting peak performance capability.

"With iOS 11.3, apps can now deliver AR experiences that use vertical surfaces like walls and doors, in addition to horizontal surfaces like tables and chairs, and more accurately map to irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables", Apple explained.

The update also introduces a number of new features including new Animoji for iPhone X users, Business Chat for iMessage in the United States, new Health Records features in Health, and some standard bug fixes and performance improvements. The new release also has a new Health Records feature that lets patients of about 40 participating health organizations view their medical records on their iPhones. But with Battery Health, you can also now shut off that controversial feature. "Health Records data is encrypted and protected with a passcode", the release said.

Enough has already been written about the iPhone's battery throttling saga from late past year, but iOS 11.3 brings the topic back up in that it fulfills Apple's previous promise of providing users with more information on the health of their iPhone's battery, as well as offering the ability to disable throttling altogether. If you forgot about Animjois, today is your lucky day as Apple is adding four new Animojis - a dragon, a bear, a lion and a skull.

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The battery is the same 4000mAh one we saw in the Mate 10 Pro , so it should easily keep you going throughout the day. The 256GB version costs €1,695 (about $2,109), and 512GB for €2095 ($2,607) and should hit the market this April.

Back in late 2017, Apple revealed that they were slowing down older iPhones in order to protect the battery.

But you'll also be able to schedule appointments and make Apple Pay purchases with it too.

It is that level of control which remains in stark contrast to iOS, which is most noticeably now being updated with a new "Data & Privacy" icon and branding.

To do this, just go to Settings Battery on an iPhone 6 or later. That's likely a not-so-subtle dig at the current most popular music video platform: YouTube.

You'll be able to switch off the "power management feature" which "dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns", causing performance to lag in older devices. Unlike Facebook or Google, Apple's business model isn't primarily based on collecting data about its users to serve advertisements, though it does show targeted ads in places like the App Store.

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