Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of iOS 11.2 to Developers and Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming iOS 11.2 update to developers, a few days after releasing the fifth iOS 11.2 beta, a month after releasing the first major iOS 11 update, iOS 11.1, and two weeks 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. Today's beta update may be the iOS 11.2 golden master, suggesting we could see the official release of iOS 11.2 soon.

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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, a dedicated Sports section in the TV app, 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: Today's beta is also available for public beta testers.

Top Rated Comments

tvguru Avatar
62 months ago
I can't wait for this public release. None of my friends have beta so I haven't been able to send anyone cash!
I’m here to help!
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tulsidasji Avatar
62 months ago
I can't wait for this public release. None of my friends have beta so I haven't been able to send anyone cash!
Damn, I wish my friends were this eager to send me cash
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bryan1andersons Avatar
62 months ago
With how large of a company Apple is, why does it take so much time for them to come out with updates to software and products? They have over 100,000 employees. Probably a 1/3 are engineers or 30,000 and half are software half computer/devices. That’s 15,000 software engineers. Probably 10,000 are dedicated to iOS. Wouldn’t they have a couple hundred engineers to implement iMessage in the Cloud? Not sure what the hold up is... Maybe it’s scalability on the server end? I mean over 40 billion iMessages are sent per day (that was 2013).
As a software engineer, I can tell you that one of the problems of software is that it doesn’t scale well.

Throwing more and more people at a task increases the complexity of the project in ways you can’t imagine.

There comes a point where more people working on a software project actually slows it down until massive reorganizations take place
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pbaker103 Avatar
62 months ago
2.2GB on my X. guessing this is GM
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
calzon65 Avatar
62 months ago
When they get around to version 11.3.3, most of the bugs should be fixed :rolleyes:
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macintoshmac Avatar
62 months ago
With how large of a company Apple is, why does it take so much time for them to come out with updates to software and products? They have over 100,000 employees. Probably a 1/3 are engineers or 30,000 and half are software half computer/devices. That’s 15,000 software engineers. Probably 10,000 are dedicated to iOS. Wouldn’t they have a couple hundred engineers to implement iMessage in the Cloud? Not sure what the hold up is... Maybe it’s scalability on the server end? I mean over 40 billion iMessages are sent per day (that was 2013).
Security, and user data, two things that if gotten wrong, tank the image and customer base like few other things can. They want to get this right. It is best they take their time with it, than implement it half-baked.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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