The iOS 10.2 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is getting closer and today we’re taking a look at everything we know so far about the iOS 10.2 update, its release date, the beta, and more as we push toward the final release.
In early September, Apple confirmed its highly anticipated iOS 10 release 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 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 elsewhere.
We’ll continue to add new information to this roundup so check back for regular updates.
iOS 10.2 Beta: What You Need to Know
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 Inching Closer
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 iPhone and iPad users so it looks like Apple will release iOS 10.2 in the next few weeks.
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.
We’d expect iOS 10.2 beta testing to last a few more days (at least) with the final release coming in early-t0-mid December before the holidays. Don’t be surprised if it arrives during the week of December 12th, the week before Christmas.
We’re currently on iOS 10.2 beta 6. It’s available to paid developers and those who are taking part in the free Beta Software Program.
iOS 10.2 Release Time: What to Expect
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 PM
- Central – 12 PM
- Mountain – 11AM
- London – 6 PM
- Moscow – 9 PM
- New Dehli – 10:30 PM
- Shanghai – 1 AM
- Tokyo – 2 AM
- Melbourne – 3 AM
- Auckland – 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: What’s New
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.
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.
The iOS 10.2 beta 4, 5 and 6 updates are much smaller and didn’t bring any significant changes to the iOS 10.2 update.
Install iOS 10.1.1 If You Want Better Security
If you failed to make the move to iOS 10.1 before the iOS 10.1.1 release and you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider the iOS 10.1.1 update.
If you failed to download iOS 10.1 know that iOS 10.1.1 brings iOS 10.1's 12 security patches along with it. 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.
Apple's iOS 10.1.1 update comes with those patches and it also brings the patches from Apple's previous versions of iOS 10. If you haven't downloaded iOS 10 yet, you'll get all of those baked in. This is important, particularly for those of you on something older than iOS 9.3.5.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.1.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered earlier this year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.
If security is important to you, iOS 10.1.1 is probably worth a download right now.