iOS 10.2 problems continue to plague the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as we push into 2017.
In October, Apple released an iOS 10.2 beta for developers and those signed up for the free Beta Software Program.
The iOS 10.2 beta helped Apple squash a number of issues ahead of the official release but the final version of iOS 10.2 is far from perfect.
The company’s update has been out for a few weeks now and we continue to hear about the iOS 10.2 problems affecting iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users around the world.
With iOS 10.2 problems still swirling we want to take a look at the most important things iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners need to know as we push toward the next iOS 10 release from Apple.
This roundup looks at the current state of iOS 10.2 problems, offers potential fixes for the most common iOS 10.2 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 Problems
iOS 10.2 users are suffering from an array of hiccups as we make our way into the new year.
We’re seeing complaints about abnormal battery drain, broken Wi-Fi, finicky Bluetooth, busted cellular data, issues with lag, crashes, random reboots, installation problems, various issues with sound, and more.
Most of these problems appear to isolated though a recent poll from Reddit indicates more than a few iPhone users are seeing abnormal battery drain with iOS 10.2 on board.
Apple’s discussion forums, Reddit, and social media sites like Twitter continue to fill up with complaints about iOS 10.2 and we expect more complaints to emerge as more people download and use the iOS 10.2 update on their device.
anybody else having problems with iOS 10.2 battery life ?
— Kelvin (@kellvict) December 28, 2016
I normally hate @Apple updates, but can you hurry and fix the bug in iOS 10.2 that is draining the battery life fast.
— Thumbelisa (@LadyLisaCusack) January 2, 2017
The fact that I had no choice but to force an update on my iPhone to iOS 10.2, and now the battery life depletes too fast <
— No Flockin' (@iThe_Truth) December 31, 2016
iOS 10.2 has broken my Bluetooth @apple :-(
— james osborne (@jjosborne) January 4, 2017
iOS 10.2, consistently have to reset memory (power button, then hold home) for voice over (2 finger swipe down) to read @AppleSupport – bug!
— Matt Khoury (@mkhoury) January 5, 2017
It’s impossible to predict what you might run into after you install iOS 10.2 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 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 issues.
Where to Find Feedback
As we push into the new year it’s important to keep tabs on the iOS 10.2 update and its performance.
Digging into iOS 10.2 feedback will alert you to potential problems and it’ll help you find potential benefits of the iOS 10.2 update.
Fortunately, you’ll find a ton of iOS 10.2 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 update right now. If you’re on the fence about the iOS 10.2 update, you’ll want to start there.
We’ve been digging into iOS 10.2’s performance on several popular devices including the iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5, and iPad. If you need some additional feedback, those roundups are another place to look.
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 updates for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
How to Fix iOS 10.2 Problems
If you run into trouble with your iOS 10.2 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 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 10.1.1 Downgrade Closed
Downgrading to an older version of iOS can sometimes iron out problems. Unfortunately, the downgrade path from iOS 10.2 is now closed.
Apple’s no longer signing off on iOS 10.1 and iOS 10.1.1 which means you can no longer drop down to either one of those. You can’t drop down to anything older than that either.
In other words, if you’re on iOS 10.2, you’re stuck until Apple rolls a new update out.
For more on the downgrade process, take a look at our walkthrough.
iOS 10.2.1 Confirmed, iOS 10.3 Rumored
Apple’s confirmed its next iOS 10 update and it looks like it will be a bug fix update aimed at improving performance.
An iOS 10.2.1 beta is now available for developers and those in the free Beta Software Program. The update appears to be a bug fixer which means it’s an update to keep an eye on if you’re struggling on iOS 10.2.
It’s unclear when the iOS 10.2.1 update will roll out but given its size we could see a fast deployment for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The iOS 10.2.1 update is currently on beta 3, a sign that it’s moving closer to launch.
If you and your iOS 10.2 problem can’t wait for iOS 10.2.1 update to arrive, you’ll need to take your device into an Apple Store or better yet, try and fix the problem on your own.
Apple hasn’t confirmed anything but it looks like the company is planning a much larger iOS 10 update for later this year.
Apple is rumored to be working on an iOS 10.3 update with an iOS 10.3 beta release rumored for January. The beta missed its rumored release date though we’re still expecting the company to push something out in the days ahead.
The iOS 10.3 update will reportedly come with a new Theater Mode feature. The rest of its contents remain unknown though we’d expect any iOS 10 milestone upgrade to come with a list of bug fixes, tweaks, and security patches.
Keep an eye out for new iOS 10.3 details as we push through the month.
Install iOS 10.2 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.2 update on your iPhone or iPad.
The iOS 10.2 update brings 12 known patches for potential exploits including one where an "attacker with an unlocked device may be able to disable Find My iPhone."
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 10.1.1 update and/or the iOS 10.1 update, know that iOS 10.2 brings their security patches with it.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.2 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 is probably worth a download right now.