Hopkins and MedStar patients can now see medical records on iPhone app

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Apple has introduced a test update to its Health app to help users access their medical records on their iPhones. The new battery features will be available to customers with iPhone 6 or later devices, while opting out of dynamic power management will be available to users with various models of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7.

The iOS 11.3 update also improves the company's ARKit augmented reality platform for iOS devices and will let users project virtual objects onto walls and doors.

The company has added four new Animoji's including Lion, Skull, Bear, and Dragon for the for the iPhone X. The iOS 11.3 public beta also includes ARKit 1.5 and updates for the iMessage, Health, and Apple Music apps.

One change strikes you even when you're using the app switcher on the iPhone X in iOS 11.3: The time for the multitasking interface to actually come up has been reduced.

The feature is to become part of Apple's popular Health app.

Among the companies Business Chat initially will work with are Lowe's, Discover and Wells Fargo.

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Another feature coming to Messages is something called Business Chat. When used with iOS 11.2.5 on the iPhone and iPad, content playing on tvOS 11.2.5 appears as a Now Playing option in the Control Center.

The app lets users chat with a service rep, schedule an appointment, or make purchases through Apple Pay without leaving the app.

Other new iOS 11.3 features will include music video streaming through Apple Music, a new Video group and top-story improvements in Apple News, expanded software authentication for HomeKit, and updated Advanced Mobile Location support for use when calling for emergency services. In a blog post, SPM co-founder and chairman emeritus Dave deBronkart said the Apple project is "a nice start", but won't offer data patients can't already access through portals, limited to "allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals". Your health info is encrypted and protected by your iPhone passcode.

The iPhone X's weaker-than-expected performance and battery life issues also are factors, and iOS 11.3's release will "help Apple fight against these headwinds", Sui said.

We're not done yet, as Apple is adding something new to help regulate iOS device batteries. Note that Microsoft has been reliably open about its plans for Windows recently, allowing users to preview new features under development through its Windows Insider program.

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