Apple on Tuesday seeded the fifth beta of iOS 11.2 to registered developers, just about a month after releasing the iOS 11.1 update.
iOS 11.2 will introduce Apple Pay Cash, the peer-to-peer payment system introduced earlier this year. The platform allows iOS 11 users to send and receive payments through iMessage, with deep smart integration — in other words, Messages will recognize when the conversation talks about money and respond accordingly.
With Apple Pay Cash, sent cash is pulled from a linked debit or credit card, while received payments are stored in a new Cash card in Wallet. From there, it can be used to make Apple Pay purchases or withdrawn to a bank account.
iOS 11.2 also introduces faster 7.5W wireless charging for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Faster wireless charging speeds were hinted at earlier this year, and in iOS 11.2, the faster speeds will be available via third-party wireless chargers that support 7.5W charging.
As far as user interface updates, there’s now a small bar in the top-right corner of the Lock screen. The bar is designed to make the location of the new Control Center gesture more apparent, as it is now accessed by a swipe-down from the top of the display on the new iPhone X. There are also new pop-ups which explain the new Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality in Control Center, specifically the fact that toggling either function from the menu only temporarily disables them.
Minor changes included in the new update include a Now Playing function in Control Center for controlling Apple TV content, a redesigned camera emoji, a new animation for loading Live Photos effects, and new Live wallpapers for the iPhone X.
iOS 11.2 will also introduce the ability for developers to offer discounts on auto-renewing App Store subscriptions for the first time.
iOS 11.2 will also fix a minor animation bug in Calculator that caused certain functions to be ignored when typing them quickly. Presumably, iOS 11.2 will also introduce a fix for the autocorrect bug that changes the words “it” or “is” to “I.T” or I.S”.
How to Download iOS 11.2 Beta 5
Registered app developers can now install iOS 11.2 as an over-the-air update, provided that the proper configuration profile is installed on a device. It’s also available from the Developer Center.
There’s currently no word on when a public beta of iOS 11 beta 5 will be released. Similarly, we’re not sure when the final version of iOS 11.2 will be rolled out to the public — but, judging by the beta release timeline, it’ll likely come sooner than later.
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