Apple has released iOS 11.2 Beta 2 only for iPhone X devices a couple of days ago and today made it available for all compatible iPhone and iPad devices. And it means that anyone registered with Apple Developer Program also having another 64-bit device, can now download and install iOS 11.2 beta 2 as an over-the-air update or as a straight IPSW download from the developer portal.
Many developers were surprised with the release of iOS 11.2 beta 1 almost immediately after iOS 11.1 final version went live to the general public consumption. Apple also took the unusual decision of releasing iOS 11.2 beta 2 to developers, but on a condition only to be installed on iPhone X. In fact, it came literally days after the release of the initial iOS 11.2 pre-release seed.
It was thought that Apple wanted to get beta 2 out into the hands of iPhone X-owning developers to allow them to restore a backup of iOS 11.2 beta made on another device onto their brand new X as there was no initial beta 1 of iOS 11.2 available for iPhone X. Now that it has been discarded, as those new iPhone X owners feel slightly more important and valued than the rest, it’s finally time for beta 2 to make its way around all other compatible devices.
Though iOS 11.2 resolves a number of issues which were been faced when using UIKit in third-party applications. It also resolved in fixing a very annoying, but highly comical, latency problem with the stock Calculator app which would seemingly give the wrong calculations due to the length of time it tool for animations to complete. The version of iOS 11.2 beta 2 also brings with it a number of new wallpapers for iPhone X, including 7 new dynamic wallpapers and 3 new Live options which makes the OLED display pop more.
For those with a compatible 64-bit device, iOS 11.2 beta 2 is rolling out right now as an OTA update from Settings > General > Software Update section, or directly as an IPSW download from developer.apple.com.
Update x1: watchOS 4.2 beta 2 for Apple Watch, macOS 10.13.2 beta 2 for Macs, tvOS 11.2 beta 2 for Apple TV, is also available to download as well.
Update x2: Here are iOS 11.2 beta 2 changes, release notes and other changelog details: What’s New in iOS 11.2 Beta 2: Release Notes & Changelog
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