Apple yesterday (December 3) saw its fastest beta-to-final consumer version roll out of the iOS 11.2. The company within a few hours of rolling out iOS public beta 6, released the final version to all the eligible devices.
Although the change log does not reveal anything, we assume that Apple pushed forward the iOS 11.2 roll out in order to fix a bug that existed in the public beta 6.
The ‘Date’ bug found in the public beta version got the devices stuck in a bootloop on December 2 date time when local apps started sending notifications. Although some users on Reddit were able to find a temporary solution, Apple cleared the air by rolling out the final iOS 10.2 version within a few hours.
For those unaware, the iOS 10.2 beta 5 was supposed to be the last beta before the final OS version.
Besides the bug fix, there is another major feature that has been introduced in the iOS 11.2 – Apple Pay Cash. Apple Pay Cash is a peer-to-peer payment system that Apple introduced earlier this year during WWDC 2017 conference. With this, users can send and receive money easily via the Messages app or use Siri voice commands.
The service will ask you to connect it with one of your bank accounts. You would also need to connect the account to iCloud. Although Apple Pay Cash is available to users in the US, it might witness a wider rollout in the upcoming days.
So how do you send money using Apple Pay Cash in messages:
Step 1: Start a new conversation or type anything in the existing one inside the Messages app.
Step 2: Tap on the default app store icon on the keyboard.
Step 3: Tap on the Apple pay icon and feed the amount which you want to send.
Step 4: Tap and pay and confirm the payment using touch id, face ID or any other password.
Another feature that comes as part of iOS 11.2 is the improved wireless charging capability for the Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X. The OS version now let’s these three smartphones charge faster at 7.5-watt when using Qi wireless charging pads.
Besides introducing six new wallpapers for the iPhone X, iOS 11.2 also brings minor changes in the bluetooth and WiFi options in the control centre.
9to5Mac website has got hold of the complete changelog:
-Adds support for Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show.
-Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type.
-Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing.
-Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete.
-Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear.
-Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen.
-Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen.
-Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message.
-Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results.
-Resolves an issue where Settings could open a blank screen.
-Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications.
-Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen.
-Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded.
-Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map.
-Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly.
-Improves video camera stabilization.
-Improves stability in Calendar.
-Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store and Music.
It has been a bad month for Apple on the software side of things as the company has witnessed a couple of bugs in the macOS High Sierra version, one of which was a major one, and the other in iOS 11.2. However, the company was able to rectify the issues within hours or within a day of its discovery, something Google cannot do just yet.