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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17 Comments

1. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 386; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Nice!, I'm contemplating getting the iphone 8 as I'm a. Tech fan first, android/Samsung fan 2nd. Having two phones I might aswell get an Ios phone and not two androids as to similiar.

4. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I have two devices Android(Nexus 6p) and iOS(jphone 8 plus). I bought my first iOS device last September with similar thinking to yours of enjoying both environments. Here is my 2 cents based on my experience which might help you in your decision. Pros of having the 8 plus: - Great speakers. - Great Camera. - Above average to almost a full day of use of battery life (8 plus and not the 8) - Great for playing games especially battery life. - A good device if you care only for basic activities & battery life. Cons of iOS: - A very boring environment especially if you want to customize or play with your device. Summary and advice: If you have enough cash and money isn't a problem i would say go for it but get the 8 plus not the 8. In my opinion the 8Plus is even better than the iphone X. But if you wan't my advice i think Android rules iOS in every department especially the new devices, there is nothing iOS offers better than Android and because of that i would say save your money and get a 2018 Android flagship device that is worth the money.

6. lazarus_26

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

"there is nothing ios offers better than Android and because of that i would say save your money and get a 2018 Android flagship device that is worth the money" Most of people chose iphone because of apple ecosystem and i think it's something ios offers better than android.

7. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

True if you have more than 1 Apple device but i only have 1 and probably my last.

12. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I think app optimization is reason enough to be on iOS, Android isn't bad but going from iOS back to android just doesn't feel good because the apps don't run the same.

13. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

it's a personal preference after all, but i feel iOS isn't developing and growing fast enough compared to Android. Android will continue to grow better in strides compared to iOS baby steps.

14. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I agree with that, Apple will need to stop being so stubborn and branch out if they want iOS to stay relevant. For now iOS is working out fine but it'won't stay that way. I personally look forward to the day I switch back to Android.

15. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Well said!

16. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I am also an iOS and Android user since 2016 but I ended up using my Android phone more often than my Iphone. Battery life on Iphone specially on standby time is formidable.

2. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

3. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Does anyone know if the iPhone X will wirelessly fast charge using Samsung's fast wireless charger?

5. lazarus_26

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

10. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Thanks for the link :) Do you also know that the iPhone will say somewhere on the screen that it's fast charging?

11. lazarus_26

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

No it doesn't say fast charging on the screen. but if you want to ensure I find it for you: "To check whether a third-party charger will work with one of the new iPhones, read the information that's usually written on the adapter itself. It should say "USB PD" somewhere on there, and the other specs should be similar to the ones on Apple's Type-C USB power adapters."http://mashable.com/2017/09/26/iphone-8-fast-charger/#lx97slWFraq3

8. HKFoo

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Of course it will Iphone X is an open qi wireless standard As long as the pad are qi certified then you’re good to go

9. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm not talking about normal speed charging, but fast wireless charging.

17. Jrod99

Posts: 778; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

How fast will a 6s plus charge using a qi receiver and fast charger?

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