iOS 10.2 Release: 5 Things to Know

The 10.2 date for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is getting closer and today we’re taking a look at everything we know so far about the 10.2 update including some new details about its highly anticipated date.

In early September, Apple confirmed its highly anticipated iOS 10 date. And on September 13th, the company rolled out the iOS 10 update for select iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models around the world.

iOS 10 is a solid replacement for iOS 9 but it far from perfect. iOS 10 problems have been plaguing iPhone and iPad owners in the months since release and many users are calling for a new iOS 10 update to address these lingering problems.

Fortunately, help is on the way in the form of a massive iOS 10.2 update for iPhone, iPad and the iPod touch.

Apple’s confirmed an iOS 10.2 release and today we want to go over the most important things to know, right now, about the second major update to the iOS 10 operating system.

This roundup takes a look at what we know for sure about the iOS 10.2 update. It also outlines a few things you can expect from the upcoming iOS 10.2 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch including the iOS 10.2 release time in the United States and countries around the world.

We’ll continue to add new information to this roundup so check back for regular updates.

iOS 10.2 Beta

If you want to try the iOS 10.2 update on your device right now, you can.

Apple’s pushed an iOS 10.2 beta to developers and the general public. Anyone with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can download
the iOS 10.2 beta, for free, via Apple’s Beta Software Program.

The iOS 10.2 beta is pretty big and there are some very good reasons to think about trying it out on your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch ahead of the official release date.

You can test the iOS 10.2 update’s new features and you can also test its performance on your phone or tablet which might be a good idea if you’re using an older device like the iPhone 5 or iPad mini 2.

Before you install the iOS 10.2 beta, make sure you prepare your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. A little prep work will go a long way toward preventing iOS 10.2 beta problems. And yes, there are a number of issues with the current version of the beta.

We’ve noticed lag, issues with connectivity, random reboots, occasional abnormal battery drain, and issues with various apps. If you download
the beta, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter an issue or two.

To help you prepare, we’ve put together a guide that will take you through the beta installation process. If this is your first time installing a beta on your iPhone or iPad, make sure you take a look at those before you go through with the process. They could save you some time.

If you do decide to give the iOS 10.2 beta a go, make sure you report issues as you see them. This will help Apple improve the final product.

You might also want to look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 10.2 beta on your iPhone or iPad.

iOS 10.2 beta and its list of features make it tempting but there are definitely some reasons to avoid the beta.

You Can Downgrade from iOS 10.2 Beta

If you’re currently on the iOS 10.1 update or the iOS 10.1.1 update you can try the iOS 10.2 beta and drop back down if you decide you don’t want/like the beta.

As of right now, you can download
the iOS 10.2 beta and drop back down to iOS 10.1 or iOS 10.1.1. Unfortunately, you can’t downgrade to anything older than those two updates.

The downgrade process is pretty straightforward. For a detailed list of instructions, take a look at our iOS downgrade guide.

iOS 10.2 Release Date

Earlier this year, Apple confirmed a new iOS 10 update for December. The update, it said, would deliver the company’s new Apple TV app to iOS users.

Apple’s iOS 10.2 beta 2 delivered the new Apple TV app to beta testers so it looks like Apple will release iOS 10.2 sometime later this month. This isn’t confirmed but it appears likely at this point. 

The only time Apple confirms specific iOS release dates is when it confirms them on stage during media events. And with no other media events rumored or likely for 2016, we probably won’t get an official iOS 10.2 release date ahead of time. That said, Apple’s left us a potential clue.

The company hasn’t confirmed anything but it says it plans to address iPhone 6s random shutdown issues in an upcoming iOS update. That update will apparently arrive next week. From a support document on the company’s website:

Outside the affected batch, a small number of customers reported an unexpected shutdown. Some of these shutdowns may be normal, because the iPhone will shut down to protect its electronic components. To gather more information, we will add an additional diagnostic feature to the iOS software update that is released next week. This feature collects a variety of information in the coming weeks that may help us improve algorithms for managing battery performance and shutdown operations. If such improvements can be achieved, we will deliver them through further software updates.

The support document was posted on December 6th which means an update should arrive during the week of December 12th, maybe on December 12th itself. (Apple’s gotten into the habit of releasing new iOS software on Monday’s.)

Next week or not, the iOS 10.2 release is close.

iOS 10.2 Release Time

The exact iOS 10.2 release date is difficult to predict but the iOS 10.2 release time isn’t.

If Apple sticks to its usual release protocol, and there’s no reason to believe that it won’t, iOS 10.2 will arrive around 10AM Pacific on release day. The same can be said for all of the upcoming iOS 10.2 beta releases.

Here’s what that looks like for regions in the United States and countries around the world including Australia and Japan:

Eastern – 1 PMCentral – 12 PMMountain – 11AMLondon – 6 PMMoscow – 9 PMNew Dehli – 10:30 PMShanghai – 1 AMTokyo – 2 AMMelbourne – 3 AMAuckland – 5 AM

Apple probably won’t confirm the release time ahead of release so you’ll want to keep an eye on your device(s) around this time Monday-Friday.

iOS 10.2 Update

The iOS 10.2 update appears to be a pretty sizable upgrade for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and we could see even more added to it as Apple tweaks the beta ahead of its official release date.

The crown jewel of the iOS 10.2 upgrade, for most people, will be the new emojis. Unicode 9 emoji are included in iOS 10.2 beta.

Notable additions include an avocado, shark, croissant, a shark, a carrot, a squid, bacon, a kiwi, and an owl.

iOS 10.2 beta includes new emojis.

There are also new wallpapers, a setting that allows you to preserve your last known camera settings called “Preserve Settings”, performance improvements, a new Celebration messages effect, new wallpapers for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and some smaller tweaks.

It also, as we’ve noted, brings the new Apple TV app. The iOS 10.2 beta also brings a new TV settings section in Settings and a new SOS mode.

The SOS mode is only available for users in India in iOS 10.2 beta 3. It was available to a much wider range of users in iOS 10.2 beta 2.

Here’s a list of features that arrived with iOS 10.2 beta 1, here’s a list for the more recent iOS 10.2 beta 2 release, and here’s a list of changes on board the iOS 10.2 beta 3.

The iOS 10.2 beta 4, 5, 6, and 7 updates are much smaller and didn’t bring any significant changes to the iOS 10.2 update.

iOS 10.2 Jailbreak

Don’t expect an iOS 10.2 jailbreak on the iOS 10.2 release date.

Developers are reportedly working on an iOS 10 jailbreak but well-known security expert Luca Todesco is warning jailbreak users to avoid the iOS 10.2 update when it’s released.

Those looking to jailbreak iOS 10 should remain on iOS 10.1.1 because there’s a higher likelihood we’ll see a jailbreak for that version of iOS 10.

For more on the iOS 10 jailbreak, take a look at our roundup.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 10.2.1 & 6 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 10.2.1 If You Want Better Security

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If you value your security, you’ll want to seriously consider download
ing the iOS 10.2.1 update on your iPhone or iPad. 

The iOS 10.2 update brings 13 known patches for potential exploits. That’s one more than its predecessor (iOS 10.2).

These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. Most people do.

If you skipped the iOS 10.2 update and/or the iOS 10.1.1 update, know that iOS 10.2.1 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2 update had 12 important patches on board. You can see them all right here. 

If you failed to install Apple’s iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.2.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.

If security is important to you, iOS 10.2.1 is probably worth a download
right now.

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