iOS 10.2 Review Update on iPhone and iPad

July 8, 2017
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The days of waiting came to an end as the Apple has released its biggest iOS update. The new Apple’s iOS 10.2 update launched this Monday, as a free update for iPhone and iPad. The latest iOS also includes iOS 10.1 Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus.

To download the iOS 10.2, you need to go to Settings → General → Software Update. The software update of 1.82GB installs over the air. You can also visit iTunes to update your devices.

If you choose to upgrade to iOS 10.2, you might need to familiarize yourself with the portions of the interface, as the things are changed up quite a bit, but not to worry as most of the new features are drastically improved. Keeping that in mind, we have covered the new functionalities of this new update and broke it down for you.

There’s a lot to say about this new software update. Here are the some of the new features about the iOS 10.2.



As a result of the adoption of Unicode 9 characters, the new iOS 10.2 upgrade came with the 72 new emojis, which include new food essentials, professions, animals, finger crossed, face palm, amongst others. The existing are also redesigned and even more detailed than before.

Moreover, you just need a single tap to replace emoji. It means you just need a simple touch to swap out words with emoji


Camera Settings

In the previous version of iOS, the camera settings got reset upon closing the camera application. This is not longer a problem as the new iOS 10.2 comes with a new preserve setting option, which allows you to save the camera settings.

You can choose filters (like mono, instant or chrome), the live photo feature, and camera mode (portrait, square, or video) and lock it. That means your camera is always ready to capture the moment as the settings are retained even after closing the app.


New Screen Filters

The iOS 10.2 messages app is equipped with new love and celebration screen filters. The former is characterized by big hearts and latter is portrayed by fireworks.

Furthermore, you can say things like “Congratulations” or greet someone on their birthday with beautiful animations taking over the entire screen. To access them, you just need to long-press the arrow on the chat bubble → toggle to screen → swipe to the last option.

Brand-New TV App

The new TV app is included with the iOS 10.2. This new app is a one-stop shop on your apple device for all of the supported video apps. It is a TV guide for shows and movies.

The Up Next option allows you to see the currently watched shows and movies and pick up from where you left them. The Watch Now option gives you the recommendations for new TV shows and movies. The single sign-on feature allows you to view then across multiple devices.

It won’t be wrong to say that the new TV app removes the walls between isolated video apps on your iOS device as it delivers the TV content regardless of its source.


Photos And Music

The new iOS 10.2 update also comes with improved stabilization and faster frame rate for Live Photos. The accuracy of groupings of similar photos of the same person has also been improved and additional support for RAW digital camera is also provided. Moreover, the issues regarding Memories and camera zoom have also been fixed.


Moving forward to music, now you can easily access the Repeat, Shuffle, and Up Next options by swiping up the ‘Now playing’ screen. That is not it; you can choose how to sort songs, albums, and playlists in the library.


The new accessibility features come with a new BraillePen14 support to VoiceOver.

It also fixed issues:

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

Improvements And Bug Fixes

  • The new notification support is also added for Homekit accessories, which include occupancy, motion, window/door, carbon monoxide, and water leak sensors, amongst others.
  • The Bluetooth performance and connectivity with third-party accessories have been improved.
  • The FaceTime bugs relating to the focus, aspect ratio, and orientation have been fixed.
  • The visual voicemail playback issue has been fixed.
  • The Safari Reader issue and reading list marking issue have been fixed.
  • Quick response bubble bug is fixed so you can pick off where you left off your text.


Though there are still some bugs but the new iOS 10.2 updates made some noticeable and much-welcomed performance boosts. The newly released iOS 10.2 packs a number of important security fixes along with some great new features.

To get the insight of complete release notes and bug fixes, including many of the things which you might have noticed, visit Apple Support.

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