Apple rolls out iOS 11.2 Public Beta 5, here's what's changed


Apple is rolling out the fifth beta version of the upcoming iOS 11.2 update. The patch was first seeded to developers, but shortly after, it was made available for public testing as well. 

With a size of about 47MB, the update doesn't seem to add much in terms of new features. However, it appears that performance has seen some improvements. According to iDownloadBlog, an iPhone X with the latest beta scores 4,157 points in single-core performance and 10,088 points in multi-core performance on benchmarking service Geekbench 4. For comparison, an iPhone X running on the previous build clocked in at 3,953 and 8,432 points in the single and multi-core categories, respectively. 

While beta 5 might not seem too exciting, the official iOS 11.2 update will bring a lot of neat new functionalities. Here's what we've seen so far:

  • Apple Pay Cash - a quick peer-to-peer payments system that works through the iMessage app
  • Faster wireless charging for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X (7.5W)
  • Early AirPlay 2 support
  • New Control Center indicator on iPhone X
  • Tweaked emoji
  • iPhone 8 and iPhone X marketing wallpapers available on older phones
  • New iPhone X Live wallpapers
  • "Now Playing" option for controlling content on the Apple TV in Control Center
  • Control Center info cards for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles
  • Bug fix for Calculator app
  • A feature that lets developers add introductory pricing for subscription apps

Currently, there's no ETA for the official release of iOS 11.2, but it shouldn't take long. 

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