Apple Releases iOS 11.2 Update w/ Critical Date Bug Fix, Apple Pay Cash, More

After releasing the sixth and final beta build yesterday, Apple has begun rolling out iOS 11.2 to all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users as a free update for their devices. To install the new update on your device, head over to Settings > General > Software Update. Tap “Download and install” next to the iOS 11.2 listing and you’ll be good to go. I recommend jumping on a Wi-Fi network first alongside plugging in your device beforehand as a) you don’t want data overcharges on your bill and b) you don’t want your phone or tablet to die during the installation process.

In iOS 11.2, Apple is fixing a weird but critical bug where at 12:15 AM local time this morning, devices running iOS 11.1.2 would repeatedly crash. The apparent culprit of this bug happens to be third-party apps that send you recurring notifications like a reminders app. And I know what you’re thinking: it isn’t known if the default Reminders app on iOS devices was also to blame.

Other additions in iOS 11.2 include Apple Pay Cash integration. To use the feature, you and the person you’re chatting with will need to both be running either iOS 11.2 or watchOS 4.2 and be registered to Apple Pay. Afterward, you can open the Messages app and select the Apple Pay Cash option at the bottom of the screen within a chat thread. You can send up to $3,000 via this method of payment so while you can’t probably pay your rent with it, you have enough breathing room to pitch into that night out on the town.

Right now, only those in the United States can use the feature, but it’s expected Apple Pay Cash will roll out to more users in the near future.

Finally, the update brings the same iPhone 8 and 8 Plus wallpapers used in Apple’s promotions to older devices like the 7 and 6s, the ability for app developers to use an introductory pricing tool which temporarily discounts an app’s auto-renew subscription, and faster wireless charging speeds for Apple’s latest devices with compatible chargers. If you spot something new not noted here, let us know in the comments.