5 Things to Know About the iOS 11.2 Update

The iOS 11.2 release date inches closer with the release of iOS 11.2 beta 4.

Apple’s confirmed yet another iOS 11 release in iOS 11.2. iOS 11.2 comes with a x.x designation which means it will bring a mix of security patches, bug fixes for lingering iOS 11 problems including an annoying calculator bug, and new features including Apple Pay Cash.

With an official iOS 11.2 release probably a few weeks away, the iOS 11.2 change log could change as Apple refines the software ahead of the official release. That said, it should be much bigger than iOS 11.1.2.

This guide will take you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iOS 11.2 release date, iOS 11.2 beta, iOS 11.2 release time, and the changes on board Apple’s iOS 11.2 update.

iOS 11.2 Beta

If you want to try the iOS 11.2 update ahead of the official release you can do so via Apple’s iOS 11.2 beta.

Apple’s released a pre-release version of iOS 11.2 for developers. The beta is currently available to developers and those enrolled in Apple’s Beta Software Program. The company’s Beta Software Program is available to anyone with a working Apple ID. It’s also free.

If you want to try the iOS 11.2 update out ahead of its release you’ll want to prepare. Early iOS software is usually riddled with bugs and iOS 11.2 beta testers have already discovered some issues with iOS 11.2 beta 1, iOS 11.2 beta 2, iOS 11.2 beta 3, and iOS 11.2 beta. Apple’s also outlined several known issues in the latest iOS 11.2 beta release notes.

We’ve put together a pre-installation guide to the iOS 11.2 beta and it should help you avoid major headaches. If this will be your first time trying a beta, you’ll want to look that over.

If start noticing performance issues or iOS 11.2 bugs, you’ll want to report those issues to Apple so its engineers can improve the final release. You’ll also want to take a look at our guide to fixing iOS 11 beta problems. You might be tempted to downgrade, but you should be able to fix some issues on your own.

For more on the iOS 11.2 beta, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install it on your device.

How to Downgrade from iOS 11.2 Beta

Speaking of the downgrade, if you install the iOS 11.2 beta on your phone or tablet you aren’t stuck. You can downgrade to an official version of iOS 11 if it starts giving you problems.

As of right now, iOS 11.2 beta users can downgrade to six official versions of iOS 11: iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.3, iOS 11.1, iOS 11.1.1, or iOS 11.1.2. There’s no way to downgrade to anything older than iOS 11.0.1. So, if you make the move to iOS 11.2 beta from iOS 11.0 or iOS 10, you can’t go back to either one.

We expect Apple to close up at least some of these downgrade options in the near future so you’ll need to make your move rather quickly.

The downgrade process is rather straightforward and our guide will walk you through the steps beta users need to take in order to get off beta software.

iOS 11.2 Release Date & Release Time

Apple usually keeps its milestone upgrades in beta for several weeks so don’t expect the iOS 11.2 update to arrive in early November.

We initially thought the iOS 11.2 release date could land in December alongside the HomePod because iOS 11.2 is bringing SiriKit for HomePod. A release in December is still possible, but the HomePod delay reduces the odds.

The HomePod launch has been pushed into early 2018.

The iOS 11.2 release date is difficult to pinpoint right now, but the iOS 11.2 release times, for both the official update and beta releases, aren’t.

Apple’s iOS 11.2 update will arrive around 10AM Pacific on release day. The company’s iOS 11.2 betas for developers and public beta testers will also arrive around 10AM Pacific.

Apple typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks though the releases typically come faster once the company gets close to the final release date.

Here’s what the iOS 11.2 release time looks like for other regions in the United States and countries around the world including Australia, India, and Japan:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11AM
  • London – 6 PM
  • Moscow – 9 PM
  • New Delhi – 10:30 PM
  • Shanghai – 1 AM
  • Tokyo – 2 AM
  • Melbourne – 3 AM
  • Auckland – 5 AM

Remember, Apple never releases iOS updates, or betas, on the weekend and it typically avoids releasing new iOS software on Fridays.

iOS 11.2 Update: What’s New

Developers poking through the first iOS 11.2 beta discovered a fix for the iOS calculator bug, Apple TV playback from Control Center, and a new animation when tapping the top right corner of music panel in Control Center. There are also a few cosmetic changes including new camera emojis.

The second iOS 11.2 beta included three new Live wallpapers that were included with the iPhone X at launch. The wallpapers come from Apple’s ‘It’s Here’ commercial. It also delivered Apple’s Apple Pay Cash platform.

Apple Pay Cash has launched and it’s available to users running iOS 11.2 beta 2, iOS 11.2 beta 3, and iOS 11.2 beta 4. The feature, which Apple announced earlier this year, lets you to send and receive cash inside the Messages app on iPhones.

The Apple Pay Cash beta is available for US-based customers only and it requires a iOS device on 11.2 with two-factor authentication set up via Apple ID.

iOS 11.2 also introduces Apple’s SiriKit for HomePod platform. SiriKit allows iOS apps and watchOS apps to work with Siri and the HomeKit via natural voice interaction.

The company is encouraging developers to optimize their apps for HomePod’s arrival and developers can test “the voice-only experience by using Siri through headphones” connected to an iOS device running the iOS 11.2 beta.

iOS 11.2 beta 3 was mostly focused on fixing bugs though it did come with a couple of changes you should be aware of ahead of the update’s release.

First, for iPhone X users, Apple’s made the Control Center gesture more obvious via a UI change. If you’re on the phone’s lock screen, you’ll see a small bar directly underneath the icons on the right side of the device’s screen. This is letting you know Control Center is there. The bar isn’t there on the home screen.

The company’s also clarified how the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles in Control Center work in iOS 11. Prior to this release, the company had only outlined the changes in a support document.

As you can see in the screenshot above, tapping on one of these toggles for the first time in iOS 11.2 brings up a message. The messages clarify why Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turn themselves back on after being disabled from Control Center.

These messages appear once though you’ll also now get messages at the top of the screen that read “Disconnecting Nearby Wi-Fi Networks Until Tomorrow” or “Disconnecting Bluetooth Devices Until Tomorrow.”

In order to permanently disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth you still need to go into the Settings app and manually toggle them off.

The iOS 11.2 update also supports faster 7.5W charging from Qi-Based wireless charging accessories. The iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus currently charge at 5 watts on iOS 11.1.2.

The Mophie Wireless Charging Base and the Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad Apple sells support the faster 7.5W wireless charging speeds so they’re worth a look ahead of the update’s release.

We’re still digging through the fourth iOS 11.2 beta and we’ll let you know what we find.

iOS 11.2 Jailbreak

Jailbreak users should avoid the iOS 11.2 beta.

The iOS 11 update has reportedly been jailbroken, but developers still haven’t released anything for iOS 11.0, iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.3, iOS 11.1, iOS 11.1.1, iOS 11.1.2, or iOS 11.2 beta.

We haven’t seen any new evidence emerge so those looking to jailbreak iOS 11, iOS 11.1, or iOS 11.2 will need to keep those fingers crossed as we push toward the release of Apple’s second milestone iOS 11 upgrade.

For more about the iOS 11 jailbreak, take a look at our roundup.

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Install iOS 11.1.2 If You Own an iPhone X

Install iOS 11.1.2 If You Own an iPhone X

If you picked up Apple's new flagship phone you should think about installing the iOS 11.1.2 update. It comes with two fixes for iPhone X problems. 

The iOS 11.1.2 change log lists two bug fixes, both of them are for the iPhone X.

One is a fix for an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop.

We experienced this issue when using the device in cold weather. We've only been using the new update for a short time, but the issue hasn't returned.

Even if you haven't experienced the problem on your iPhone X you might want to download the update just to be safe.

The iOS 11.1.2 update also addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with the iPhone X.

If you've been having issues with Live Photos, you probably want to install iOS 11.1.2 on your new iPhone.

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