iOS 9.2: 5 Things to Know Before Christmas

If you get a new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on Christmas (or after it), there’s a chance that you’ll be asked to install Apple’s iOS 9.2 update. Before you do that, take a look at this roundup of important things to know about the iOS 9.2 update.

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Earlier this month, Apple took its iOS 9.2 update out of beta and released it to the public. It’s the company’s second milestone upgrade for the iOS 9 operating system and it’s the most current version of software for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

If you are planning to open a new iPhone, iPad or iPod on Christmas morning, you might be prompted to download and install the iOS 9.2 update once you complete the setup. Some devices will likely run it right out of the box but others will need to be updated.

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Downloading a new update might seem harmless but it could have a big impact on your device and perhaps your holiday if you install it blindly. With that in mind, we want to help get you prepared for the big day.

These are a few of the most important things to know about the iOS 9.2 update as we cruise into Christmas morning. If you’re confident that you’ll be opening up a new Apple device later this year, keep these tips in mind.

iOS 9.2 vs. iOS 9.1

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iOS 9.2 vs. iOS 9.1

If you receive an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch this holiday season, there's a chance that the device is running iOS 9.1 (or maybe something older if it was purchased a long time ago or if it sat on shelves for several months). iOS 9.1 was Apple's first milestone upgrade and it rolled out in late October a few weeks after the initial iOS 9 release. 

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If your device is running iOS 9.1, and you do get an iOS 9.2 prompt, it would be wise to get to know iOS 9.2 before you make the move. You shouldn't install iOS 9.2 blindly. 

There are a couple of ways to get acquainted with iOS 9.2 before Christmas or before the day you get your new device. The first is to take a look at this comparison that runs down the biggest differences between iOS 9.2 vs. iOS 9.1. 

The other is to get familiar with performance for your device. We've put together an iOS 9.2 review that runs down performance on several top devices including the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6, two devices that will likely be popular gifts. 

Get familiar with iOS 9.2 and its performance today or tomorrow so that you aren't spending time on Christmas (or whenever you pick it up) doing the research. This way, when the prompt appears, you'll know exactly what you want to do. 

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Some of you will want to install iOS 9.2 while others will want to hold off, for the time being at least. 

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