Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 11.2 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 11.2 update to developers, more than a week after releasing the fourth iOS 11.2 beta, a month after releasing the first major iOS 11 update, iOS 11.1, and a week and a half after releasing the iOS 11.1.2 update.

Registered developers can download the new iOS 11.2 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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iOS 11.2 introduces Apple Pay Cash, Apple's new peer-to-peer payments service. Apple Pay Cash works through the Messages app and is designed to allow for quick person-to-person money transfers. It's available as a dedicated iMessage app in Messages, with cash transferred through the app.

Cash can be sent from a linked debit or credit card, while received cash is stored in an Apple Pay Cash card in Wallet that can be used for purchases or sent to a bank account.

On the iPhone X, iOS 11.2 adds a small bar underneath the icons located at the upper right side of the device on the Lock screen, which is designed to make the location of the Control Center gesture more clear. On the iPhone X, Control Center is accessed by swiping down from the top of the device.

In Control Center on all devices, there are two new informational pop-ups that are displayed when using the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth toggles. These pop-ups explain that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are disabled temporarily rather than permanently when accessed from Control Center.

In iOS 11.2, there's support for faster 7.5W wireless charging for the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. The faster speeds will be available when using third-party wireless chargers that support 7.5W charging or more.

The update also addresses an animation bug in the Calculator app that caused some numbers and symbols to be ignored when entered in rapid succession. The update removes the animations from the calculator app so calculations can be done quickly with no need to pause between entering numbers to obtain the correct result.

In addition to these bug fixes, iOS 11.2 introduces a new Now Playing option for controlling content on the Apple TV in Control Center, redesigned camera emoji, a new loading animation for Live Photos effects, and new Live wallpapers for the iPhone X, plus it adds a feature that lets developers offer new customers discounted introductory pricing for auto-renewable subscriptions on the App Store.

Update: Apple has also seeded a new version of iOS 11.2 for public beta testers.

Top Rated Comments

midkay Avatar
41 months ago

Will Devs PLEASE provide feedback for bluetooth/wifi in control center to actually turn the functions OFF!!?!? Why Apple implemented the 'temporarily disconnected' buttons has to be one of the most idiotic software updates they have ever made. A user shouldn't have to go into the settings app to turn off this feature.

Dude, this feature isn't going anywhere. Let it go.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djlythium Avatar
41 months ago
Messages in the Cloud.

C'mon, Apple.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sigvard Avatar
41 months ago

Will Devs PLEASE provide feedback for bluetooth/wifi in control center to actually turn the functions OFF!!?!? Why Apple implemented the 'temporarily disconnected' buttons has to be one of the most idiotic software updates they have ever made. A user shouldn't have to go into the settings app to turn off this feature.

I actually don't mind this feature.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OldSchoolMacGuy Avatar
41 months ago
Battery life is majorly improved. Getting several weeks on a charge now with heavy use on my X.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MarcMller Avatar
41 months ago

Battery life is majorly improved. Getting several weeks on a charge now with heavy use on my X.

Thats it? My X last about a month now with no charge. Brightness at 100% too.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OldSchoolMacGuy Avatar
41 months ago

I keep waiting for Apple Pay Cash... was hoping for it this week.... I don’t want the Beta. I only have my one iphone that I’m using, so if it bricks I’m screwed.

There's no danger of bricking with these betas. It's not jailbreaking of old. There are certainly risks of additional crashes and potential software compatibility but not of totally bricking your phone.

Having said that, do understand what beta means. Far too many here and elsewhere seem to expect beta versions to function without any problems. That's simply not the way a beta works and it's unrealistic to expect it to behave in such a way.

Having said that, most iOS betas have been pretty solid, outside of the very first couple releases for each entirely new iOS version. Once you get to betas of x.1 updates betas, things are usually much more solid. A lot of this is because apps are updated for the current OS (iOS 11 in this case) so there are less crashes there. Where you tend to see more crashes of the early betas (say when iOS 11 beta 1 came out some months ago), many of the crashes can be attributed to apps not being updated yet for the new OS (old apps only updated for iOS 10 causing crashes on iOS 11).
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Will Devs PLEASE provide feedback for bluetooth/wifi in control center to actually turn the functions OFF!!?!? Why Apple implemented the 'temporarily disconnected' buttons has to be one of the most idiotic software updates they have ever made. A user shouldn't have to go into the settings app to turn off this feature.

I've said it before and will say it again, the change was made because this is the functionality MOST users are looking for from the Control Center. Apple made this change based on piles and piles of user data.

The typical user was using Control Center to quickly disconnect from the current network and then turning it back on shortly after. They made it clear by their behavior that they're simply trying to disconnect from the current network, not totally turn wifi off.

Yes, your own use of it may not match this use case. We understand that. But the vast majority of users were looking to use it in this way. This is why the change was made. Sorry you don't represent the average user and are inconvenienced by it. For most users, this change has been welcome. Note that no users on this forum are considered the average user. The average user of the hundreds of millions of iOS users don't take time to go to tech forums and talk about their devices. We're a small niche.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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