It’s no longer enough that Apple constantly appears to be pushing out a new version of iOS to developers and public testers. Those same testers, as well as the public at large, want to know exactly when Apple plans on releasing the next version of the platform, whether that be another pre-release iteration or the main public release.

Bizarrely, for reasons currently known to Apple, the Cupertino-based company went from a public release of iOS 11.2.1 to a direct release of iOS 11.2.5 into the development and testing communities.

We aren’t quite sure what happened to the multiple releases which should have come before that but Apple’s sticking with it and we aren’t going to complain. Tim Cook’s engineers released the second pre-release seed of iOS 11.2.5 to registered testers and developers yesterday but where does that leave us on iOS 11.2.5 beta 3, or final version for that matter?

This time of the year is always a funny time for Apple where the App Store and any releases of software are concerned. The scheduled Christmas shutdown means that efforts are typically ramped up internally to get everything out ahead of schedule. However, with yesterday’s seeding of iOS 11.2.5 beta 2, we don’t expect to see a third release, which could potentially be a final public release, of iOS 11.2.5, this side of Christmas. Meaning that Apple could find itself in a position to shake off the Christmas break with a third release this coming December 28 right after the iTunes shutdown ends.

However, if that doesn’t happen, we see no reason why Apple wouldn’t extend the testing period by a week or so and actually release the third beta at the beginning of the working year. If that is the route that Apple takes, then we can expect a release to filter into the community on or around January 3rd after the New Year holidays are over. That would set the scene for the year ahead and once again show that Apple is dedicated to the continued development of the iOS 11 platform.

Of course, all of this is speculation based on Apple’s previous movements and best guesses around the company’s working times for the festive period. You can be guaranteed that as soon as anything is concrete, or a release is in place, we will tell you all about it.

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