Video: hands-on with all the changes & enhancements in iOS 11.3 beta 2

iOS 11.3 has reached the second beta, bringing several minor tweaks as well as Apple’s new Battery Health feature. Take a look at our hands-on video to see all the changes in action.

iOS 11.3 beta 2 video hands-on

This new beta largely builds on what we saw in the first beta of iOS 11.3. The biggest change is the ability to disable Apple’s performance throttling for select iPhones with degraded batteries.

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Changes we touch on in the video include:

  • New App Store & iTunes Store splash screens
  • Update size and version revealed in App Store’s Updates tab upon tapping More
  • View original purchase date under App Store’s Purchased section
  • Battery Health (beta) in Settings → Battery
  • iPhone X users can now perform tethered updates or restores with iTunes 12.7.3
  • AirPlay 2 is much more stable
  • ClassKit framework for enhancing educational apps
  • No support for the sixth-generation iPod touch (yet)
  • Video news section in the News app has shown up

Apple also links to its battery-related support article for more information.

For those wondering, Apple says in teh changelog that support for the sixth-generation iPod touch will be added in a future beta release.

Other changes in iOS 11.3 beta 2

Other changes not mentioned in the video include:

  • The default video capture format for ARKit is now 1080p
  • ARKit 1.5 now detects vertical planes and irregularly-shaped surfaces
  • ARKit 1.5 can detect the position of a known 2D image in the environment
  • New configuration settings for mobile device management (MDM)L
    • Delay the ability to see and install iOS updates for up to 90 days
    • Disable USB Restricted Mode
    • Enable and disable Bluetooth if the Bluetooth settings are not restricted
    • Find information for an installed app including update availability, if it is assigned to the device or the user, and if the source of the app is the App Store, an Enterprise app, or a beta
    • Arrange WebClips to the Home Screen Layout payload
    • Prevent unmanaged apps from accessing contacts in managed accounts
    • Skip the Proximity Setup screen on first reboot after using the EraseDevice command
    • Skip the Privacy screen during setup
    • Specify the version number of an iOS update when using the ScheduleOSUpdate command
    • Require teacher permission for a student to leave an unmanaged class in Classroom
    • Restrict the Remote app from connecting to specific Apple TV devices
    • Reinstall deleted system apps with the InstallApplication command
    • Allow MMS messages to bypass Always-On IKEv2 VPN
  • Messages in iCloud warns you when deleting whole threads
  • Podcasts app now requires a single tap to play an episode
  • Podcasts app now supports links to episode pages

Siri control of AirPlay 2 isn’t enabled in iOS 11.3 beta 2 and earlier.

Last but not least, Apple has made some changes to USB security:

To improve security, for a locked iOS device to communicate with USB accessories you must either connect an accessory via Lightning connector to the device while unlocked or enter your device passcode while connected, at least once a week.

If you use iAP USB accessories over the Lightning connector (including assistive devices and wired CarPlay) or connect to a Mac/PC, you may therefore need to periodically enter your passcode if you have a passcode set on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Be sure to check out our hands-on videos covering AirPlay 2, as well all of the other changes we have discovered thus far in the first beta of iOS 11.3.

Have you found any other changes in iOS 11.3 beta 2?

If so, do let us know down bellow in the comments section.