The iOS 10.2.1 update is small but it brings some important changes to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. And while some of you will want to install the iOS 10.2.1 update on your device today, others might want to skip it. For now at least.
The iOS 10.2.1 beta is over and the official iOS 10.2.1 update is finally available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models around the world.
As expected, Apple’s iOS 10.2.1 update is a maintenance release focused on under-the-hood improvements and added security.
It’s a tiny update but it’s definitely worthy of your attention as we push deeper into the month of February.
iOS 10.2.1 is a tiny update if you’re coming directly from the iOS 10.2 update.
If you’re on an older version of iOS, iOS 10.2.1 will be larger thanks to iOS 10.2 and Apple’s previous versions of iOS. You’ll get the features and fixes from older iOS updates baked into your version of iOS 10.2.1.
There are plenty of reasons to consider installing iOS 10.2.1 on your device right now but there are also some reasons why you might be better off waiting a few days or even a few weeks before committing to Apple’s new piece of software.
This guide will walk you through these reasons and help you make a decision about your version of Apple’s iOS 10.2.1 update today.
Install iOS 10.2.1 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.2.1 update on your iPhone or iPad.
The iOS 10.2 update brings 13 known patches for potential exploits. That's one more than its predecessor (iOS 10.2).
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 10.2 update and/or the iOS 10.1.1 update, know that iOS 10.2.1 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2 update had 12 important patches on board. You can see them all right here.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.2.1 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 10.2.1 is probably worth a download right now.