What to ex­pect from iOS 11.2 up­date

iOS 11 is a huge up­date and a lot of its im­por­tant fea­tures are com­ing in point re­leases. Ja­son Cross re­ports

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iOS 11 is the big­gest change to Ap­ple’s mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem in years. It’s so am­bi­tious in scope that many of it’s promised fea­tures still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, so we’re hop­ing that 11.2 is more sub­stan­tial. I mean, I love emoji as much as the next per­son but I re­ally want Ap­ple Pay Cash and

Mes­sages in iCloud. Here’s what we know about 11.2 so far. What’s in it, when it’s com­ing, and how you can grab the beta right now.

New fea­tures

The big stuff we’re all wait­ing on – Mes­sages synced through iCloud and Ap­ple Pay Cash – have made no ap­pear­ance yet in the iOS 11.2 be­tas. But there’s still time be­fore re­lease.

So far we’re only up to the first pub­lic beta, and the changes ap­pear to be mostly small bug fixes and a lit­tle ex­tra pol­ish. No­tably, Ap­ple fixed that bug in the Cal­cu­la­tor app where your in­put was wait­ing for long an­i­ma­tions to play out (if you hit 1+2+3 you’d get 24, be­cause it didn’t reg­is­ter the sec­ond plus sign).

There are a num­ber of small vis­ual changes. Al­bum art in the Com­mand Cen­tre is in a square icon, a few emo­jis have new art, there’s a new wait­ing an­i­ma­tion for the Live Photo ef­fects (loop, bounce, and long ex­po­sure), and you can ac­cess the same wall­pa­pers that came with the iPhone 8 and X on other iPhone mod­els.

In terms of new fea­tures, the most prom­i­nent is the abil­ity to con­trol Air­Play 2 de­vices in Con­trol Cen­tre. You can switch be­tween con­trol­ling mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent play­back des­ti­na­tions in­de­pen­dently. This is im­por­tant ground­work for the com­ing HomePod re­lease, but it works with Ap­ple TV (4th gen­er­a­tion or 4K) right now if you up­date that de­vice to the tvOS 11.2 beta as well.

Re­lease date

We don’t have an of­fi­cial re­lease date for iOS 11.2, but the re­lease of an­other Ap­ple prod­uct can help

us nar­row it down a lit­tle. iOS 11.2 ap­pears to lay some im­por­tant ground­work for HomePod, in­clud­ing con­trol­ling mul­ti­ple Air­Play 2 de­vices in con­trol Cen­tre and the Mu­sic app. HomePod ships first in the UK, US, and Aus­tralia in De­cem­ber, so iOS 11.2 is go­ing to have to be re­leased be­fore then.

Get the 11.2 pub­lic beta

If you want to try out the changes for your­self, you can help Ap­ple test the lat­est iOS up­date. The first iOS 11.2 beta for de­vel­op­ers was re­leased on 30 Oc­to­ber, and the first pub­lic beta was made avail­able on 1 Novem­ber.

Once you log in to the Beta Soft­ware Pro­gram page, you’ll see a link to En­rol your iOS de­vice. Ap­ple will re­mind you to make a backup (you should def­i­nitely back up to iTunes, and Ap­ple rec­om­mends you ‘ar­chive’ the backup to make sure it’s saved), and then you’re in­structed to go to beta.ap­ple.com/pro­file on the iOS de­vice that you want to put the beta on, in or­der to down­load and in­stall a con­fig­u­ra­tion pro­file. That will make the beta avail­able as an over-the-air soft­ware up­date in the Set­tings app.

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