Apple seeds first iOS 11.2.5 beta and more to developers

Herbert Rhodes
December 14, 2017

Developers can download the first betas for iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2 and tvOS 11.2.5 from the Apple developer center.

Apple's latest iOS 11 has been one of the buggiest updates to hit the iPhone and iPad.

Apple's release notes come along the update which states that the HomeKit bug that allowed unauthorized access to HomeKit accessories including smart locks, which was fixed earlier by Apple on server-side, has now been completely resolved. Following the latest software update, HomeKit vulnerability is patched and users can now restore the functionality by updating their iOS devices. The update contains few improvements and a fix related to the Homekit remote access for shared users.

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But by rushing out the new update, it just exposed more problems and led to a security glitch that potentially left users vulnerable to hacking in their homes. Apple has now reportedly fixed the issue with iOS 11.2.1, although the fix has not been mentioned it explicitly in its update log. It is advisable to use a Wi-Fi connection to download the over-the-air update.

It's been about a week and a half since Apple released iOS 11.2 for the iPhone and iPad, and it's now begun seeding out iOS 11.2.1 to fix a vulnerability lying hidden in the former. Further, if your device runs beta software, you may have to remove "beta profiles" and then reboot before manually checking for the update. Also, you should back up your data, and ensure that your device has over 50 percent of charge or connected to a power source before beginning the update process.

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