The iPhone 7 iOS 10.2 update is still the most up-to-date version of iOS 10 though that could change in the near future as Apple prepares a new version for the iPhone 7 and its other iOS 10-powered devices. With that in mind, we want to take a look at the current state of iOS 10.2 for the iPhone 7 as we head into 2017.
In October, Apple put the iPhone 7’s iOS 10.2 update into beta for developers and the general public. The beta let iPhone users test the iOS 10.2 update’s performance and features ahead of the official release date.
In December, Apple pulled the iOS 10.2 update from beta and released it for iPhone 7 models around the world. The next time you check for an update you might encounter the iOS 10.2 update and its massive change log.
iOS 10.2 is a huge upgrade for the iPhone 7. It comes with a long list of features, bug fixes and security updates. If you’re upgrading from iOS 10.1.1, you’re looking at a 200MB+ update. If you’re coming from something older, your iOS 10.2 update will be much larger thanks to previous versions of iOS.
Today we want to take a look at the most important things you need to know about the iPhone 7 iOS 10.2 update. This roundup includes iOS 10.2 tips, some details about the update’s performance, and a look at what’s ahead for the iPhone 7 and iOS 10.
We’ll continue to update this with new information so check back in with us for regular updates.
iPhone 7 iOS 10.2 Update Review
Before we get into the iPhone 7 iOS 10.2 update's performance we want to talk a little bit about the download/installation process.
The iPhone 7 iOS 10.2 download took about five minutes to complete over a fast Wi-Fi connection. The installation process took us about six minutes to complete.
Mileage will vary but we recommend putting aside about 15-20 minutes to monitor your download and installation. We haven't heard about any major iOS 10.2 installation issues but there's no telling what you might run into.
As for the iPhone 7 iOS 10.2 update's performance, we've been keeping an eye on a few key areas including battery life and connectivity.
We've spent just about a month with the iPhone 7 iOS 10.2 update and we still haven't noticed any weird battery drain issues on our variants.
Complaints about abnormal iOS 10.2 battery life drain have picked up but our models continue to perform at a high level.
Wi-Fi, cellular data and Bluetooth connectivity remains strong. We've tested the phone and its new update with several different ISPs, routers and Bluetooth devices. We haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary. Connections are stable and strong.
Random reboots have been a problem on our iPhone 7 models but we haven't noticed any in the weeks since the iOS 10.2 release. We haven't noticed any UI lag either. Animations and transitions are still speedy and fluid.
We've spent a solid month with the iPhone 7's iOS 10.2 update and it continues to impress us. Its combination of steady performance, useful features, key fixes and security patches make it an update worth considering.
We've put together a list of reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 10.2 update on your iPhone right now. So if you're on the fence about making the jump to the new update, we recommend reading it before making your move.