Registered developers can now download the first beta version of iOS 11.2 over-the-air or through Apple’s Developer Center.
There doesn’t seem to be any signs of Apple Pay Cash or iMessage in the Cloud, two features Apple promised to add to future editions of iOS.
But a new addition to the first iOS 11.2 beta is SiriKit for HomePod. That will allow users of the Apple smart speaker, which arrives in December for $349, to access a limited number of iOS apps.
Apple explains more on the SiriKit developer page:
With the intelligence of Siri, users control HomePod through natural voice interaction and can conveniently access iOS apps that support SiriKit Messaging, Lists, and Notes. Siri recognizes SiriKit requests made on HomePod and sends those requests to the user’s iOS device for processing. To prepare your app, make sure that your SiriKit integration is up to date and that you’ve adopted all of the appropriate intents.
After five beta versions, Apple is widely expected to unveil iOS 11.1 to the general public sometime this week.