iOS 10.2.1 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know
Last year, Apple released an iOS 10.2.1 beta for developers and those signed up via the free Beta Software Program. The iOS 10.2.1 beta helped Apple squash a number of issues ahead of the official release.
The final iOS 10.2.1 release is here. And while the update fixes some lingering iOS 10 issues, it looks like the iOS 10.2.1 update’s brought its own problems to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users around the world.
With iOS 10.2.1 problems starting to emerge we want to take a look at the most important things iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners need to know as we push away from the iOS 10.2.1 release date.
This roundup looks at the current state of iOS 10.2.1 problems, offers potential fixes for the most common iOS 10.2.1 issues, and it provides some resources that could come in handy if you start to see trouble with your version of the iOS 10.2 update.
It also takes a look at what’s next from Apple in terms of bug fixes for iOS 10 problems.
iOS 10.2.1 Problems
It’s early but we’re already starting to hear about some of the iOS 10.2.1 problems affecting those who recently download
ed Apple’s update.
We’re seeing complaints about abnormal battery drain, broken Wi-Fi, missing News app, finicky Bluetooth, busted cellular data, issues with lag, crashes, random reboots, email issues, installation problems, various issues with sound, and more.
iPhone users are also complaining about a “30% battery bug.” Those experiencing the issue say their battery suddenly dies when their device reaches the 30% battery mark.
The issue first appeared late last year and it appears to be fairly widespread. It’s not unclear when Apple plans to address the issue. The company hasn’t publicly acknowledged the problem and the issue remains unresolved in iOS 10.2.1
Apple’s discussion forums, Reddit, and social media sites like Twitter are starting to fill up with complaints about iOS 10.2.1 and we expect more complaints to emerge as more people download
and use the iOS 10.2.1 update on their device.
What about battery life? 😒 yeah talking about iOS 10.2.1 update! #iOS10 #Update
— iJoker (@MeiDoctor) January 23, 2017
@GordonKelly same build as the final beta so it's the same version we got of beta last week. So bug still present. 😫
— Daitron Winston Sr. (@IssaTrapBrah) January 23, 2017
Anyone else’s battery sucking wind after iOS 10.2.1 update?
— ⓢⓒⓞⓣⓣ (@scottaw) January 24, 2017
My battery life on iOS 10.2.1 is absolutely terrible. Is it just me?
— Mike (@MikeCam) January 24, 2017
Welp, iOS 10.2.1 is still yet to fix iOS's persistent refusal to use wifi networks that have a "captive portal."
— Xenoveritas (@xenoveritas) January 25, 2017
iOS 10.2.1 does nothing to fix how terrible iOS 10 is with Bluetooth. Too bad. #iOS10 #iOS
— Donovan Bond (@DonovanBond) January 27, 2017
might wanna avoid the iOS 10.2.1 update unless you want 30% battery drain issue, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth problems, UI lag, and more.. @PaulSpain
— Craig Harris (@elusivetones) January 26, 2017
@apple come on!!! iOS 10.2.1 and Bluetooth is still broken 😤
— Rune Christiansen (@RuneKC_DK) January 26, 2017
@AppleSupport updated to ios 10.2.1 and now none of my bluetooth devices pair (except my watch). 😟
— Brad Campbell (@geekmuse) January 24, 2017
It’s impossible to predict what you might run into after you install iOS 10.2.1 on your phone or tablet. This is why we recommend doing some prep work before you download
the new update. A little preparation could go a long way toward preventing iOS 10.2.1 problems on your device.
At the very least, you’ll want to make a backup, just in case you do run into one of these (or another) iOS 10.2.1 issues.
Where to Find Feedback
As we push into the new year it’s important to keep tabs on the iOS 10.2.1 update and its performance.
Digging into iOS 10.2.1 feedback will alert you to potential problems and it’ll help you find potential benefits of the iOS 10.2.1 update.
Fortunately, you’ll find a ton of iOS 10.2.1 feedback to sift through. You just need to know where to look.
To start, we’ve put together some reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.2.1 update right now. If you’re on the fence about the iOS 10.2.1 update, you’ll want to start there.
We’ve been digging into iOS 10.2.1’s performance on several popular devices including the iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5, and iPad.
We’ll continue to provide feedback about each of these updates as we push further away from the iOS 10.2.1 release date.
We also recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about Apple’s iOS 10.2.1 updates for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
How to Fix iOS 10.2.1 Problems
If you run into trouble with your iOS 10.2.1 update you probably don’t need to make an appointment to see an Apple Genius. At least not yet. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to fix the problem on your own at home (or the office).
If you start noticing issues take a look at our lengthy list of fixes for the most common iOS 10 problems on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Our list includes potential fixes for abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth problems, UI lag, and more.
If we’re unable to provide you with a remedy for your iOS 10.2.1 problem, you should go to Apple’s discussion forums for help with issues on iPhone, iPad, Apple Music, and more. Users over there are generally very helpful.
If Apple’s official forums can’t help you solve your problem, you can get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or schedule an appointment to see a Genius at a local Apple Store.
iOS 10.2 Downgrade Closed
Downgrading to an older version of iOS can sometimes help improve performance. Unfortunately, the downgrade is now closed.
Apple’s no longer signing off on iOS 10.2 which means you can no longer drop down to it in an effort to improve your device’s performance.
If you’re on iOS 10.2.1 you’re stuck until Apple releases the next iOS 10 update. That could be days from now, it could be weeks, we simply don’t know.
For more on the downgrade process, take a look at our walkthrough. It’ll help you get prepared for next time.
Apple’s confirmed an iOS 10.3 update but it’s unclear if its next in line for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners.
The iOS 10.3 update is confirmed and the first beta delivers several new features and tweaks. It also brings some bug fixes and performance improvements.
If you’re dealing with an issue on iOS 10.2.1 or below, we highly recommend monitoring the iOS 10.3 update as it passes through beta. We should see several more beta updates emerge before the update is officially released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Unfortunately, we don’t know when Apple will roll out its next big iOS 10 update and its collection of tweaks and fixes.
The company hasn’t confirmed a specific release date though we, and others, expect it to arrive in the early part of 2017.
4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 10.2.1 & 6 Reasons You Should
Install iOS 10.2.1 If You Want Better Security1 / 10
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