Apple seeds iOS 11.2 beta 2 to developers

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A new iOS beta has arrived.
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Developers received a fresh of beta updates from Apple today, including the second build of iOS 11.2.

The new beta build comes just one week after Apple dropped the last version of iOS 11.2. Apple also just released the second beta builds for tvOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2 and macOS 10.13.2.

Weird iOS 11 bug robs users of the letter ‘i’

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Users temporarily can't take advantage of words with the letter 'i' in them.
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Many people who upgraded to the latest version of iOS 11 find themselves unable to type the letter “i” due to a software bug.

For some reason in iOS 11.1, the letter “i” sometimes gets autocorrected to the letter “a” and a strange symbol, which usually appears as a question mark inside a box. Luckily, there’s a workaround while Apple scrambles to push out a software fix.

The best iPhone X cases you can buy right now

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The iPhone X is almost here. Preorders have been taken, so now it’s time to spend the rest of the week until delivery choosing accessories for your new iPhone X.

Unlike the iPhone 8, which fits perfectly into (most) existing iPhone 7 cases, the iPhone X needs new clothes. Here are the best and/or most interesting iPhone 8 cases so far.

Set up your new iPhone X the right way

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Get your new iPhone set up the right way.
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The new iPhone X is radically different from previous iPhones, but the setup hasn’t changed much at all. The biggest differences will show themselves if you’re already running iOS 11 on your current iPhone, because you’ll be able to take advantage of Automatic Setup. And of course Face ID has ousted Touch ID, so you’ll only have to save one face, instead of several fingers.

Other than that, you may find yourself on familiar ground. So lets take a look at how to set up your new iPhone X the right way.

7 biggest takeaways from Apple’s record Q4 earnings

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Apple surprised investors with its best Q4 earnings report ever today. The outrageous numbers dispelled doubts about the iPhone-maker’s strategy — and pushed Apple closer to becoming the world’s first trillion-dollar company.

With the launch of the iPhone X just hours away, Apple CEO Tim Cook had a lot to be happy about during the earnings call with investors. Analysts quizzed Cook and Apple CFO Luca Maestri on everything from iPhone 8 sales to how Apple plans to monetize its augmented reality efforts.

Here’s what we found out:

Apple’s earnings call will be the calm before iPhone X superstorm

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Listen to the iPhone X’s exclusive new ringtone

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Apple fans that purchase the iPhone X will get an extra tree when devices finally start arriving later this week: an exclusive ringtone.

Bundled inside the software for the iPhone X is an all-new ringtone called “Reflection.” The song has a melody that is somewhat similar to the iconic “Marimba” ringtone that launched with the original iPhone.

Take a listen:

Public testers can now try iOS 11.2

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iOS 11.2 comes with some Control Center tweaks.
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Members of Apple’s public beta testing program can already get in on the action with iOS 11.2.

Apple released its newest batch of betas to public testers today giving members access to all the new features and fixes in the the first beta builds of iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2.