iOS 11.3 Beta
iOS 11.3 will include iMessages in iCloud, battery health
monitor, and more.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

users will soon receive operating system updates for phones
and tablets, Macs and set-top boxes. Developers today
received new beta versions for all these platforms

Anyone from the public who wants to beta test
preview versions of iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4 or tvOS 11.3 can do
so by signing up on Apple’s
website. The newest developer versions should be available
to public beta testers in a day or so.

iOS 11.3:
battery health, animojis

A few
minor “bug fix” revisions for Apple’s tablets and phones
have been released in recent weeks, but Apple has been
at work all this time on iOS 11.3, which will be a more
significant update. The company is past building new features
into developer beta 5, and is now concentrating on removing

also apparently removed some planned features and revisions.
The iBooks app, temporarily renamed simply
Books, reverted back with its original name in iOS 11.3
beta 4.

iOS 11.3
will include a battery health monitor to show users how much
their battery has degraded through regular use. Users can
then, if desired, turn off the performance throttling iOS
does to older devices. Other new features include new Animoji
for iPhone X users and the ability to store iMessages in

macOS 10.13.4: privacy warning, 32-bit apps

just-released fifth developer preview of macOS 10.13.4 also
concentrates on fixing problems rather than introducing new

released to laptops and desktops everywhere, this macOS High
Sierra update will include a warning that the software
they’re opening stores their personal information. Another
warning will show up when opening 32-bit applications, as
Apple phases out support for them.

macOS 10.13.4
A privacy warning is coming to macOS 10.13.4.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

In addition, Mac users will be able to store and access
iMessages stored in iCloud. Plus, the nifty
Ink Cloud wallpaper for iMac Pro will become accessible
on all Macs.

tvOS 11.3: Match Content, frame-rate switching

Apple is also on the fifth beta of its next operating system
for Apple TV. tvOS 11.3 will bring improvements to the Match
Content feature, as well as automatic frame-rate switching on
supported set-top boxes.

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