Apple drops new betas for iOS, macOS and tvOS


Bluetooth and Wi-Fi in iOS 11 control center
iOS 11.2 makes Control Center a bit better.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Developers received a new round of beta updates from Apple this morning after the company released the fifth beta build of iOS 11.2 along with new software for tvOS and macOS as well.

iOS 11.2 beta 2 comes more than a week after Apple seeded the last build to developers adding a bunch of tweaks to the iPhone and iPad.

Registered developers can download iOS 11.2 beta 5, macOS 10.13.2 beta 5 and tvOS 11.2 beta 5 directly from Apple’s developer portal. You can also install iOS 11.2 beta 5 as an over-the-air update if you have the proper installation profile downloaded to your device.

What’s in iOS 11.2

The release notes for iOS 11.2 beta 5 don’t mention any major changes or additions. Previous beta builds for iOS 11.2 added new features like Apple Pay Cash which lets you send money to your friends via iMessage.

iOS 11.2 adds new information to the Control Center so that users know what the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles do. There’s also a new Control Center indicator bar on the iPhone X to give users a clue about the new gesture to open it.

Other new additions include support for 7.5W wireless charging on the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The animation bug in the Calculator app has also been fixed so you can do math problems fast and accurately.

Considering this is the fifth build, Apple is probably close to launching iOS 11.2 to the public.