Computer Insider: Show #2018-22

Today on Computer Insider, we’re talking Smartphones, specifically, Apple and what to expect this year. Well, all the talk is about the iPhone 11, which is expected to hit consumer’s the market in September. Apple is talking about an upgraded operating system, iOS 11.3, which is the upgrade to, yes you guessed it iOS 11.2. Computer companies are so predictable. If you are a keener and love a challenge, you can download a beta version of the new OS. It offers four new Animoji masks, which combines emoji with animations, and it takes advantage of the iPhone X’s 3D face-scanning TrueDepth camera array. The result is Animoji, which tracks the muscles in your face to animate the emoji. All of your Messages texts will benefit or suffer, depending on your view of expressive emoji. The new OS will introduce, for the iPhone X including lion, dragon, skull and bear. Be warned, you still can’t use Animoji outside of the iMessages app.

Another new feature lets you store messages on iCloud, freeing up space on your phone. This is especially handy if you text photos and videos to your friends. Also, when you delete a message, it vanishes on your other devices (like a Mac or iPad). Just a word of caution, all of this will require more bandwidth which could lead to higher operating costs.

Another big feature is the launch of AirPlay 2 with multi-room audio, just in time for the Apple HomePod launch on February 9.

And the big hit, Apple’s iOS 11.3 will feature a switch so you can toggle to unlock the performance potential of your iPhones. After being under fire for secretly downclocking performance on older iPhones, like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, Apple is now letting users decide which is more important to them: performance or battery life.