The beta was released to public beta testers on December 14, only one day after seeding the beta to developers and also one day after the release of 11.2.1.
All public beta testers who have the proper certificate installed on their device will receive the update OTA and will be able to download and install.
There are no new updates found within the new iOS 11.2.5 beta update, so it is unclear what the purpose of this update is. Based on the version number change, it is possible it is only for security improvements and bug fixes, in this case, we may not know what the update covers until the public release of the update outlining what it fixed.
Apple Watch owners that update their iPhones to 11.2.5 beta 1 will also have access to watchOS 4.2.2. The update to watchOS is the same as the iPhone, it is not clear what the update entails, most likely security and bug fixes.
One interesting note is the first HomePod 11.2.5 beta update is showing on the server even though the smart speaker will not be available until early next year.
Anyone who isn't part of the public beta testing program and would like to sign up can go to Apple's beta testing website. Signing up will give you access to public betas when released by Apple for iOS, macOS, and tvOS. It is recommended that you do not update your primary device to the beta as they could be found to not be stable.
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