iPad iOS 10.0.2 Update: 9 Things to Know After 26 Days

The iPad iOS 10.0.2 update is still the current update for the iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPad mini and iPad and today we want to take you through the most important things to know about the iPad iOS 10.0.2 update as we push into October.

In early September, Apple released its iOS 10 update for select iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad mini models. While devices like the iPad Air 2 and iPad 4 received the iOS 10 update, devices like the iPad mini and iPad 2 were left behind on the company’s iOS 9 operating system.


iOS 10 is packed with new features and enhancements and it’s an exciting upgrade for those that own a capable slate. It also has its fair share of problems.

To address some of these iOS 10 issues, Apple’s rolled out a iOS 10.0.2 update for iPads capable of running iOS 10. Apple’s iOS 10.0.3 update is exclusive to its current flagships, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.


The iPad’s iOS 10.0.2 update is a small iOS upgrade for those of you moving from the iOS 10.0.1 update. If you’re on something old like iOS 9.1 or iOS 8, your iOS 10.0.2 update is going to be much larger thanks to the features and fixes from previous iOS updates.



Bug fixers like the iOS 10.0.2 update provide great benefits but they can also cause problems of their own and that’s why we’re taking a close look at the iPad’s iOS 10.0.2 update today.

This roundup offers our a quick iPad iOS 10.0.2 review, a look at iPad iOS 10.0.2 problems, some details about the downgrade process, and a look at what’s next for the iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, and iPad mini. Check back for regular updates.

iPad iOS 10.0.2 Review: 26 Days Later

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iPad iOS 10.0.2 Review: 26 Days Later

We've been using the iOS 10.0.2 update on three versions of the iPad: The aging iPad mini 2, the original iPad Air, and the iPad Air 2.

During our time with the software we've focused on a few areas of performance: Battery life, UI speed, apps/bugs/problems, and connectivity. Here's what we've found.


Each update took us about 10 minutes to download and install. We didn't notice any issues during the installation process and we haven't heard about any widespread installation issues in the weeks since. You should be fine but you'll want to make a backup just to be safe. 

Battery life is holding up nicely on the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and the iPad mini 2. We saw some abnormal drain on the iPad mini 2 on our first day with iOS 10.0.2 on board but the battery's settled in nicely and we haven't noticed any problems in the weeks since.

If you just installed iOS 10.0.2 give the battery a couple of days to settle. It sometimes takes a day or two to adjust. If you're still running into issues two days after the installation, take action

Connectivity is strong on all three slates. We've tested the devices and their updates with several routers, ISPs, and Bluetooth devices and we haven't experienced any issues. At least not yet. Connectivity issues can emerge out of the blue so we'll keep an eye out on all three devices as we push deeper into the month.

The iPad Air 2 and iPad Air both handle iOS 10.0.2 well. We haven't seen any significant lag or slow down on their versions of iOS 10.0.2.

The iPad mini 2 on the other hand continue to exhibit a bit of lag when pulling up Control Center and Notifications though its irregular. This has been a problem for us in the past and it appears the issue's followed us to iOS 10.

Outside of that of that occasional lag, performance is pretty good on these aging tablets. We haven't seen any random reboots and battery life and connectivity are holding up nicely.

If you're coming from iOS 10.0.1, iOS 10.0.2 and its bug fixes are probably worth it. If you're coming from something older like iOS 9 or iOS 8, you'll want to grab a second or third opinion before you make the move to iOS 10 and iOS 10.0.2. 

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