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iOS 11.2: Third beta adds faster wireless charging, Control Center popups for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

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Updated 11/14/17: The third iOS 11.2 beta is available to the public, and brings a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth toggle explanation and faster wireless charging.

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud.

Here’s what we know about 11.2 so far. What’s in it, when it’s coming, and how you can grab the beta right now.

What’s in iOS 11.2?

So far we’re up to the third beta release, and there are plenty of bug fixes and small bits of polish, along with two major changes: Apple Pay Cash and faster wireless charging (for iPhone 8 and X).

Notably, Apple fixed that bug in the Calculator app where your input was waiting for long animations to play out (if you hit 1+2+3 you’d get 24, because it didn’t register the second plus sign).

There are a number of small visual changes. Album art in the Command Center is in a square icon, a few emojis have new art, there’s a new waiting animation for the Live Photo effects (loop, bounce, and long exposure), and you can now access the same wallpapers that came with the iPhone 8 and X on other iPhone models. The lock screen has a small indicator in the upper right to show where Control Center is.

11.2 adds the ability to control AirPlay 2 devices in Control Center. You can quickly switch between controlling multiple different playback destinations independently. This is important groundwork for the coming HomePod release, but it works with Apple TV (4th generation or 4K) right now if you update that device to the tvOS 11.2 beta as well.

11.2 beta 2: The biggest change to 11.2 is the addition of Apple Pay Cash. According to Apple’s support site, you’ll need a device with iOS 11.2 (beta 2 or later), you’ll need to be at least 18 and live in the U.S., and you’ll need two-factor authentication and have an eligible card set up in your Wallet.

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