9 Things to Know About the iPhone 6s iOS 10.2 Update

The iPhone 6s iOS 10.2 update is a big one for the former flagship and today we want to take a look at the most important things iPhone 6s users need to know as we push toward Apple’s next iOS 10 update.


In October, Apple confirmed an iPhone 6s iOS 10.2 update with a release into its beta program for developers and the general public. In December, Apple pulled the iOS 10.2 update from beta and released it for the iPhone 6s and its other iOS 10-powered devices.

The iPhone 6s iOS 10.2 update still reigns as the most up-to-date version of iOS 10 for the iPhone though its days are numbered.

Apple is working on a new version of iOS 10.2 that should deliver bug fixes for lingering problems. More on that update in a second.

If you are coming to iOS 10.2 from the iPhone 6s iOS 10.1.1 update, your upgrade is substantial. If you’re coming to it from something older than that, your iOS 10.2 update will be much larger thanks to previous versions of iOS.


With that in mind we want to take a look at the most important things you need to know if you’re already on iOS 10.2 or if you’re thinking about installing the iOS 10.2 update on your iPhone 6s (or iPhone 6s Plus).

This roundup looks at the iPhone 6s iOS 10.2 update’s performance, the current state of iPhone 6s iOS 10.2 problems, and a quick glimpse at what’s next from Apple and iOS 10.

iPhone 6s iOS 10.2 Update Review

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iPhone 6s iOS 10.2 Update Review

Before we get to the iOS 10.2 update's performance, a quick note about the iOS 10.2 installation and download on the iPhone 6s

The iOS 10.2 download/installation process took us about 12 minutes to complete. We suggest putting 15 minutes of quiet time aside to monitor the process for problems. We didn't run into any issues but there's potential for trouble.

If you're coming to iOS 10.2 from something older than iOS 10.1.1, put aside 20 minutes or more to get the job done. 


We've been using the iPhone 6s iOS 10.2 update for over a month now and the update is still performing well on our devices. 

Battery life is holding up nicely and we haven't seen any abnormal drain on the iPhone 6s models we're using to test iOS 10.2. We're still able to get a full day when using a mix of Wi-Fi and LTE. 

If you recently installed iOS 10.2 and you're seeing abnormal battery drain issues, give it a couple of days. Sometimes it takes a few days for the battery to settle in. If the problems persist, you'll want to dig into some fixes.

(Note that we haven't noticed the "30%" battery bug that many iPhone 6s users have come across during their time with iOS 10 and iOS 10.2.)

Connectivity remains stable as we cruise into 2017. We've tested the phone and the update with several ISPs, routers and Bluetooth devices and we haven't noticed any major issues.

The UI is fast and we haven't experienced any lag, random reboots or freezes during our testing. The update feels stable and fluid.

So far, the transition from iOS 10.1.1 to iOS 10.2 have been smooth. iOS 10.2, with its features and fixes, is certainly worth a look.

If you're coming from something older, like iOS 9, you might want to snag a second opinion before installing the update on your device.

For more, take a look at our reasons to and not to install iOS 10.2 today.

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