Registered developers can now download iOS 11.2 beta 2 over-the-air or through Apple’s Developer Center. The new version has arrived exactly one week after the original beta was seeded.
A new addition to iOS 11.2 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.
First mentioned in beta 2, Apple is planning to allow developers to offer an introductory price for auto-renewable subscriptions:
Introductory Pricing for Auto-Renewable Subscriptions
Soon, you’ll be able to offer new customers a discounted introductory price for your auto- renewable subscriptions on the App Store. iOS 11.2 introduces new classes (SKProductDiscount and SKProductSubscriptionPeriod) and new properties on SKProduct (subscriptionPeriod and introductoryPrice) to provide details on the introductory pricing and billing period you’ve selected for your auto-renewable subscriptions. You can use these new API additions to localize and display information about introductory pricing to your users. You’ll be able to configure introductory pricing on your in-app purchase page in iTunes Connect soon.