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Apple issues fourth developer betas of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, tvOS 11.2

Just a few days after the third betas arrived, Apple has issued new builds of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2 and tvOS 11.2 to developers, with increasing frequency potentially suggesting that the public releases could arrive soon.




The new, fourth developer betas of the three platforms come just four days after the previous release. Notably, iOS 11.2 features some support for SiriKit in HomePod, even though the speaker has been delayed until early 2018.

Prior to Monday's third betas, the previous second beta was issued to developers on the preceding Monday.

The updates are expected to mark the public launch of Apple Pay Cash, which allows for peer-to-peer money transfers via the Messages app.

The last build also added a new display prompt when disabling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi in Control Center. Changes in iOS 11 leave those functions active for features such as Apple Watch connectivity, AirDrop and Continuity, but disable other connections to non-Apple devices and services.

The iOS 11.2 beta also adds support for 7.5-watt wireless charging with Apple's latest handsets — the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

Early builds also rectified a Calculator bug, and incorporates a Now Playing widget for Apple TV media in Control Center.