The iOS 10.2.1 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is confirmed and today we want to walk you through the most important things you need to know ahead of the iOS 10.2.1 update’s release.
In December, Apple pulled its highly anticipated iOS 10.2 update out of beta and delivered it to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models around the world. iOS 10.2 is a huge update for iPhone and iPad users as it brings new features, fixes and security patches. It’s also brought problems to some iOS 10 users.
Fortunately, Apple isn’t sitting on its hands and it appears that Apple plans to address at least some of these lingering iOS 10 issues with a brand new iOS 10.2.1 update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
An iOS 10.2.1 update is official and an early version is available right now ahead of its official release for all iOS 10-powered devices.
With an iOS 10.2.1 release on the way we want to show you the most important things you need to know, right now, about iOS 10.2’s likely successor.
This roundup features details about the iOS 10.2 beta, the iOS 10.2 update, the iOS 10.2 release time, and more. We’ll continue to update it with new details as the beta progresses so be on the lookout for frequent updates.
How to Try the iOS 10.2.1 Update Right Now
If you want to try the iOS 10.2.1 update right now you can do that via the iOS 10.2.1 beta.
Apple’s released an early version of the software into its beta program for developers and to the general public through the free Beta Software Program.
If you do decide to try the early version of iOS 10.2.1 you’ll want to do your homework and you’ll want to prepare your device.
Early software can (and probably) and will wreck havoc on a device’s performance so you’ll want to be ready.
We’ve put together a guide that will take you through the iOS beta installation process. If this is your first time installing a beta on your iPhone or iPad you’ll want to dig through the instructions and ensure that you’re comfortable with them.
We’ve also put together a list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.2.1 beta today. Some of these reasons are obvious, some aren’t. If you’re on the fence about the beta take a look at this. It should help you to one side or the other.
If you’re feeling comfortable, take a look at our list of things to do before installing the iOS 10.2.1 beta. There’s a lot that could go wrong so you’ll want to prepare your device before you make the move to the iOS 10.2.1 beta 4.
If you do decide to give the iOS 10.2.1 beta a try, make sure you report issues to Apple so it can improve the final version of the update.
You Can Downgrade from the iOS 10.2.1 Beta
Apple’s currently signing off on iOS 10.2 which means you can take advantage of a loophole and drop back down if you decide that you can’t tolerate the iOS 10.2.1 beta’s performance on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
You can’t drop down to anything older than iOS 10.2 now though. Apple’s closed up the iOS 10.1 and iOS 10.1.1 downgrade loopholes.
While those downgrade loopholes are now closed, you’ll always have a path back down to the latest version of iOS which, in this case, is iOS 10.2.
For more on the downgrade process, take a look at our roundup. It’ll walk you through the necessary steps.
iOS 10.2.1 Update: What’s New
As for the iOS 10.2.1 itself, it’s looking like it’ll probably be a bug fix update rather than a milestone upgrade for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Those digging through the iOS 10.2.1 beta haven’t unearthed any major features or tweaks so it appears the focus will be on under-the-hood improvements, something that should excite those dealing with issues on iOS 10.2 and earlier versions of the operating system.
The cupboard is pretty bare at the moment and beta testers have discovered a few small bug fixes on board. Those testing iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 and iOS 10.2.1 beta 3 haven’t found anything of note. And it looks like the iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 is a minor update as well.
Unfortunately, it looks like there’s at least one major bug lurking on the latest version of the iOS 10.2.1 update.
The widespread “30% battery bug” that’s been affecting owners of older iPhones (iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners aren’t seeing the issue) is still an issue. The issue has been around since October.
If this annoying bug lingers after the iOS 10.2.1 release, Apple will likely get an earful from many iOS 10 users.
Hopefully, the company is able to isolate the problem in beta and take care of it before the official release date later this year.
iOS 10.2.1 Release Date
Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 10.2.1 release date and rumors haven’t outed any specific days, weeks or months. At this point it’s difficult to say when iOS 10.2.1 will be released to the public.
Given that it appears to be a small bug fixer, we’d expect the company to push it out sooner rather than later. We’d also expect the company to release it without warning.
Apple confirms iOS release dates on stage during media events. And with no media events planned for the near future (we could see one in March or April), there’s a good chance Apple won’t announce an iOS 10.2.1 release date ahead of time.
We’d expect the iOS 10.2.1 release date to land in early 2017, probably in January or February ahead of the next big iOS 10 release.
Apple’s also gotten into the habit of releasing iOS 10 updates on Monday so that’s something to keep in mind as the beta moves forward.
In addition to iOS 10.2.1, it looks like an iOS 10.3 update could be on the way.
Apple is reportedly working on an iOS 10.3 update behind the scenes though the update missed its rumored January 10th beta release.
The iOS 10.3 milestone upgrade is expected to bring a new Theater Mode though the feature remains in the shadows as we push toward a possible release later this year.
Keep an eye out for new iOS 10.3 details as we push into 2017.
iOS 10.2.1 Release Time
The iOS 10.2.1 release date is difficult to predict but the iOS 10.2.1 release time is easy to nail down right now.
iOS 10.2.1 will almost certainly arrive around 10AM Pacific on a date of Apple’s choosing. You can expect the same for any iOS 10.2.1 beta updates.
Here’s what that will look like for other 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 won’t confirm the iOS 10.2.1 release time ahead of time so you’ll want to keep an eye out for a release around 10AM Pacific during the work week. It never releases iOS updates on the weekend.
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.