Apple released today the iOS 11.2 Developer Beta. iOS 11.2 beta 1 appears to only be available to developers so far; a public beta version will likely follow in a few days.
Anyone with the developer profile installed on their compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch has access to iOS 11.2 beta 1 beginning immediately.
To update to the new version over the air (OTA), simply open the Settings app on your iOS device and navigate to General > Software Update. There, you’ll find iOS 11.2 beta 1 ready to be downloaded. You can also download the new beta through iTunes on your desktop or laptop computer.
A few known changes in iOS 11.2 beta are:
- iPhone 8 / 8 Plus / X marketing still wallpapers now available on older iPhones
- Feedback app included during beta
- Public Transport widget fixed.
- Calculator bug fixed.
- Animations seem to be much smoother than on iOS 11.1.
- The phone is less hot now when doing benchmarking.
- Some level of AirPlay 2 present.
- Some emoji are tweaked.
There are no new changes according to the release notes and we’re still checking to see if we can spot some features.
Notes and Known Issues
- After using an iPhone with an iPhone dock, using a charger without the dock requires restarting the phone.
- Continuing from a breakpoint while debugging an ARSession may result in VIO breaking. Any visual objects placed in the world/anchor are not visible. (31561202)
- When using the TrueDepth front-facing camera on iPhone X, setting the capture device’s activeFormat to a binned video format (see AVCaptureDeviceFormat isVideoBinned) for capture and enabling delivery of camera calibration data causes the resulting AVCameraCalibrationData to contain invalid information for the intrinsicMatrix property. (34200225)
- Workaround: Select an alternate capture format whose isVideoBinned property is false.
- Note: Configuring a capture session using a session preset never selects binned formats.
- Initializing an EKCalendarChooser from EventKit can result in an app crash. (34608102)
- Storing data to a nondefault event store in EventKit may not work. (31335830)
- Workaround: Use startSecureConnection to establish a secure connection.
Photos UI API Extensions
- In iOS 11.2 beta 1 or later, the user interface of a photo editing extension is no longer limited to the safe area. Apple recommends following the Human Interface Guidelines for content insets. (34189209)
- Playing a Podcast with chapter markers may cause the Podcasts app to crash. (35117025)
- Workaround: Ask Siri to play a Podcast without chapter markers.
- For a broadcast extension that a user starts from within an app, the value for the RPVideoSampleOrientationKey of the CMSampleBufferRef of type RPSampleBufferType is always portrait. Starting the broadcast extension from the Control Center returns the correct value. (34559925)
- Displaying a page control in UIPageViewController on an iPhone X no longer overlaps the home indicator at the bottom of the screen. (34478195)
- Using a model that outputs an image with VNCoreMLRequest now works correctly. (34023914)
- VNHomographicImageRegistrationRequest and VNDetectBarcodesRequest now work correclty with images when using a request handler based on a URL (34919881)
- VNFaceLandmarkRegion2D is currently unavailable in Swift. (33191123)
- Facial landmarks identified by the Vision framework may flicker in temporal use cases such as video. (32406440)
- Debugging a disabled Messages extension may cause the Messages app to crash. (33657938)
- Workaround: Enable the extension before starting the debug session.
- After a simulated iOS device starts up, it’s not possible to pull down the Lock screen. (33274699)
- Workaround: Lock and unlock the simulated device and then reopen Home screen.
It’s not yet clear what’s included in the iOS 11.2 beta 1, but it could potentially introduce support for features that were not included in the original iOS 11 release.
Apple has said both peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments and iCloud support for iMessages will be introduced in later iOS 11 updates, and neither of these features has appeared in the iOS 11.2 beta 1, though employees have been testing Apple Pay Cash.
iOS 11 marks a major update to the operating system, with systemwide design tweaks, a new Lock screen experience, a revamped Control Center, and an entirely new interface for the iPad that includes a Dock, Drag and Drop support, and a redesigned App Switcher for better than ever multitasking.
Wondering which devices are compatible with iOS 11.2 beta 1? Here’s the complete list:
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad 5th generation
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPod touch 6th generation