iOS 10.2 now available!

Hi all,

I have updated a number of devices to this new version, and it has worked just fine (iPhone 7, iPad Pro, and a non specific version of relatively modern iPad).  There are bug fixes and stability improvements which I appreciate.  Not sure what they are at this time!  But all the new emoji is not so impressive to me as I don’t use many at all.  There is a new TV app that I would like to use, and still, there is the already available News app that we also don’t have yet either.  Not sure why Canada doesn’t get some of that stuff.  Another new app is Support which I have already heard good things about and it too is not available to us Canadians. Here is a brief overview with some additional info on this release.

BTW, here is some info on the install / update process in case you need help. And, as always, I strongly urge you to do this via iTunes and have an encrypted backup first.  If you do that and have issues you will recovery much easier than if you do this upgrade over the air.

Release Notes

iOS 10.2

iOS 10.2 introduces new features including the TV app (US only), a new and unified experience for accessing your TV shows and movies across multiple video apps. Emoji have been beautifully redesigned to reveal even more detail and over 100 new emoji have been added including new faces, food, animals, sports, and professions. This update also includes stability improvements and bug fixes.

•  Use Up Next to see the movies and shows you’re currently watching and pick up where you left off
•  Get recommendations for new movies and TV shows in Watch Now
•  Discover new apps and the latest iTunes releases in the Store
•  Access the Library for your iTunes purchases and rentals

•  Beautifully redesigned emoji that reveal even more detail
•  Over 100 new emoji including new faces, food, animals, sports, and professions

•  Improves stabilization and delivers faster frame rate for Live Photos
•  Improves accuracy of groupings of similar photos of the same person in the People album
•  Fixes an issue where Memories might generate a memory from photos of screenshots, whiteboards or receipts
•  Fixes an issue where the camera would stay zoomed in after switching back from the Camera Roll on iPhone 7 Plus
•  Additional support for RAW digital cameras

•  Adds new love and celebration full screen effects in Messages
•  Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented the keyboard from displaying in Messages

•  Swipe up the Now Playing screen to more easily access Shuffle, Repeat and Up Next
•  Choose how to sort Playlists, Albums, and Songs in Library

•  Stories you’ve saved for later now appear the new Saved section
•  The best paid stories from channels you subscribe to will now appear in a dedicated section in For You
•  It’s now easier than ever to get to the next story, just swipe left or tap Next Story while reading

•  Fixes an issue that caused the Move sheet to persist after filing a Mail message
•  Addresses an issue with long press activating copy and paste in Mail
•  Fixes an issue in which the wrong message would be selected after deleting a Mail conversation

•  Adds BraillePen14 support to VoiceOver
•  Fixes an issue where the braille table could switch unexpectedly with VoiceOver
•  Fixes an issue where sometimes Siri enhanced voices were unavailable to VoiceOver
•  Fixes an issue where VoiceOver users could not re-order items in lists
•  Fixes an issue where Switch Control was sometimes unable to delete Voicemails

Other improvements and fixes
•  Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories including window coverings, occupancy, motion, door/window, smoke, carbon monoxide, and water leak sensors
•  Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories when software updates are available to HomeKit accessories
•  Improves Bluetooth performance and connectivity with 3rd party accessories
•  Fixes an issue that could cause FaceTime participants to appear out of focus
•  Fixes an issue that could cause FaceTime calls to appear with incorrect aspect ratio and orientation
•  Fixes an issue that prevented some Visual Voicemail from completing playback
•  Fixes a Safari Reader issue that could cause articles to open as empty pages
•  Fixes an issue that could cause Safari to quit unexpectedly after marking an item as read in Reading List

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2 thoughts on “iOS 10.2 now available!

  1. The TV app is SERIOUSLY flawed — so much so that Apple should make the Videos app available until it is fixed. Problems include:
    1. Will NOT play downloaded purchased TV shows offline, so you’re out of luck if you want to watch your purchased TV shows on a plane.
    2. Uses wrong thumbnails for some purchased TV shows (Example: Trans Siberian Orchestra album art is inexplicably used for The Big Bang Theory on my iPhone 7 Plus).
    3. No way to stop old TV show purchases from cluttering your screen, even if you haven’t downloaded any episodes.
    4. Will not play your home-made videos.

    1. Wow, I had no ideas, but very good to know. Have you tried removing the TV App and does that allow the Videos app to come back to life? Or maybe call Apple Support and see if you can get the Video app back?


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