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iOS 11.2 beta 5 rolls out—Get it now!

by Brandon Russell | November 28, 2017November 28, 2017 11:00 am PST

Apple on Tuesday rolled out the fifth beta for iOS 11.2, taking one step closer to a wider public release. If you’re part of Apple’s developer program, you can download the software as an over-the-air update right now.

The big new feature in iOS 11.2 is Apple Pay Cash, Apple’s peer-to-peer payment service. For users of services like Venmo and Square Cash, Apple’s feature is similar in execution, but has an advantage because it comes built into iOS.

The service will allow Apple users to easily send and receive cash through iMessage, with the ability to immediately use that money with an Apple Pay Cash card in the Wallet app. Users can also transfer that money to their bank, but it will take a few days to process.

Additionally, iOS 11.2 introduces faster wireless charging for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. The feature will be supported by third-party wireless chargers that support 7.5W charging.

There’s still no sign of iMessage in iCloud; considering we’re nearly into 2018, it looks like that feature won’t arrive until next year.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.