iOS 11.3: How to download new Apple update for the iPhone and get new features

Every Apple product has got an update – though iPhones get the best of them

Andrew Griffin
Thursday 29 March 2018 18:05

Apple has updated its iPhone software, adding new features and highlighting old ones.

The update, iOS 11.3, is available now. As part of what now appears to be a tradition, despite not being a major new release the spring update includes a range of small tweaks and minor new features.

They include new animoji for the iPhone X, power management tools to finally respond to the scandal over how Apple dealt with old iPhone batteries, and special features to enable new kinds of augmented reality experiences.

But perhaps most unusual of them all is an update that actually shows off old features. Apple will be showing privacy notifications to its users – making clear when it is collecting data, and when it isn't.

As with all Apple updates, it is downloaded by heading to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Clicking on "General" will show the software update option, and choosing that will start the download.

Initially, the download may be slow as many people rush to download the software at once. They will become quicker in the hours and days after release.

Updates are also coming to all of Apple's other platforms. On macOS, the new software can be downloaded from the App Store by navigating to "Updates"; on tvOS it can be found Settings; and Apple Watches can be updates from the Watch app on the iPhone it is paired with.

Only iOS is getting major new features in the latest updates. The rest will be relatively minor, and mostly take in Apple's new focus on privacy and transparency about how it uses data.

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