Apple has broken the norm and released an important iOS update yesterday, within a few hours of the highlight that a date bug in iOS 11.1.2 caused continual crashing of the iPhones wherein, generally Apple releases an iOS update on a Tuesday at 1 PM ET/ 10 AM PT. iPhone and iPad users experiencing this bug should turn off notifications and then install iOS 11.2. To access the update, go to Settings >> General >> Software Update. Eligible devices include the iPhone 5s and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad Air and later and the 6th generation iPod touch.

As we understand that this early release is to address the crash issue, but this update is not just a bug fix. It’s a pretty big update and includes a few new features.

Introduction of Apple Pay Cash in the US – Apple’s new peer-to-peer payment service which lets the user send and receive money conveniently through iMessages. Cash is sent to a linked debit or credit card and is received and stored in the Apple Wallet. The money can be used for purchases or further transferred to a bank account. Since it is an early release, this function may or may not work right away. We expect that the service will be fully active by next week.

Fast Wireless Charging for iPhone8 and above – For iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8, iOS 11.2 introduces faster wireless charging at 7.5W through Qi-based charging pads compared to standard 5W wired charging.

Other Updates and Fixes include:
– Introduction of three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
– Updates on the Control Center, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles in iPhone X
– Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
– Adds support for Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show.
– Improvement in video camera stabilization
– Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
– Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
– Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
and multiple indistinctive bug fixes here and there which are definitely going to add up to an enriching user experience.

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