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How to Use iOS 11.3 New Features

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How to upgrade to iOS 11.3

If you’re a longtime iOS user, you should know what you’re doing by now. But just in case you need a refresher on how to update your device with the latest version of iOS—if you don’t want to wait for Apple to pester you about the update, that is—here’s how:

  • First, make sure you’re connected to wi-fi.
  • Tap on the Settings icon (or swipe down and start typing in “Settings,” if you forgot where you moved it).
  • Scroll the screen down a bit until you see “General.” Tap that.
  • Tap on “Software Update.”
  • Wait for your iOS device to check for an update.
  • Start downloading the iOS 11.3 update. It’ll take some time to download, depending on your connection, and a little more time for your device to prepare and verify the update. Once it’s ready, your device will automatically restart and start installing iOS 11.3. Go get some delicious lemonade or take a little walk around the neighborhood while your device chugs along. (It took my iPhone 8 Plus nearly 10 minutes on the dot to finish updating.)

iOS 11.3… now what?

You have the new iOS! Great! Apple doesn’t drop a big ol notification on your home screen to guide you through all the new features, but that’s OK. Here’s what’s worth knowing about:

Battery Throttling

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Apple took a lot of grief late last year for reducing the performance of older devices in an effort to get as much out of your device’s aging battery as it can. If you care more about having a speedy iPhone than having one that can last you the entire day on a single charge, you can now adjust how Apple deals with the performance/battery life compromise.

Tap on Settings, then tap on Battery, and then Battery Health (Beta). On this screen, you’ll get to see your battery’s maximum capacity—100% is good—as well as a recommendation for a battery replacement if yours is old and affecting your device’s performance. If you have an older device and want to turn off Apple’s battery throttling, just tap on the little blue hyperlink (if prompted). If your device is running in tip-top shape, you won’t be able to turn off battery throttling, making this a feature you’ll want to check every six months or so.

Tap on Settings, then tap on Battery, and then Battery Health (Beta). On this screen, you’ll get to see your battery’s maximum capacity—100% is good—as well as a recommendation for a battery replacement if yours is old and affecting your device’s performance. If you have an older device and want to turn off Apple’s battery throttling, just tap on the little blue hyperlink (if prompted). If your device is running in tip-top shape, you won’t be able to turn off battery throttling, making this a feature you’ll want to check every six months or so.

Culled From
Lifehacker

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