What’s New in iOS 11.2 Beta 1

iPhone 8 Plus front view

iOS 11.1 isn’t even out yet and we now have the iOS 11.2 developer beta 1 to play around with. It looks like we’re using the final build of the iOS 11.1 and the stable build should be available for everyone in the next couple of days (coinciding with the iPhone X release). The iOS 11.2 beta doesn’t bring all the feature we’ve been waiting for (Apple Pay Cash in Messages, iMessages on iCloud). But it does bring AirPlay 2 functionality. Here’s everything that’s new in this update.

1. AirPlay 2 Support

AirPlay 2 Streaming

If you’ve got an Apple TV running on the latest software, you can now test AirPlay 2 functionality. AirPlay 2 feature lets you control the audio output of multiple connected devices from your iPhone. These devices can be playing different media, independently and all you have to do is open the Now Playing widget in Control Center to see a list of all available devices (right now it’s Apple TV, in the future, HomePod will be listed here as well).

Tap on another device from the list and you’ll switch to its controls.

2. Calculator Bug Fixed

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The calculator latency bug where you couldn’t tally up 1 + 2 + 3, is gone. Now, 1 + 2 + 3 will again equal to 6.

3. Control Center UI Update

iOS 11.2 Beta 1 New Features and Changes 3

In the Now Playing section in Control Center, you’ll now find squared album art instead of one with rounded edges. This should let you view the complete album art.

4. Small Emoji Updates

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Apple has slightly tweaked some emoji icons (like the camera and the whiskey glass). And the arrangement of emojis has also changed a bit.

5. iPhone 8 Wallpapers for Older Devices

iPhone 8 Wallpapers

You’ll now find the new iPhone 8 exclusive wallpapers on older devices like the iPhone 7 (but curiously, not the iPhone 6s).

6. Double Clicking the Side Button No Longer Locks The Device

Now, when you quickly double click the Side button on the iPhone 8, it will no longer lock your device like it used to. This change makes the latest iPhones consistent with the iPhone X.

7. Updated Animations and Icons Across Apps

The Photos app has a new animation when you swipe up to view Photos. The Camera icon in the Messages app is now consistent with the Camera app icon.

How’s Your iOS 11 Experience So Far?

Have you faced battery life issues or performance issues with iOS 11? Did upgrading to one of the latest betas fix the issues? Share with us in the comments below.