8 Things to Know About the iPad iOS 10.2.1 Update

Its been nearly two weeks since Apple released its iOS 10.2.1 update for the iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro, and iPad mini and today we want to take a look at the most important things you need to know about the iPad iOS 10.2.1 update as we close in on the two week milestone.

Apple continues to refine its iOS 10 operating system with milestone upgrades and maintenance releases. The latest, iOS 10.2.1, is a small update for the iPhone and iPad. It brings bug fixes and security updates.

The iPad’s iOS 10.2.1 update is tiny but it’s important and worth monitoring as we push into the month of February.

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If you’re coming to iOS 10.2.1 from iOS 10.2 your update will be pretty small. If you’re coming from something older than iOS 10.2, your iPad’s iOS 10.2.1 update will be much larger thanks to the fixes and features from previous versions of iOS 10.

The iOS 10.2.1 update is a big change for all iPads and that’s precisely why we’re taking a close look at it today.

This roundup takes a look at the iOS 10.2.1 update’s performance, iOS 10.2.1 problems plaguing the iPad, the update that might follow iOS 10.2.1, and more.

We’ll continue to update this with new information so check back in as the month goes on.

iPad iOS 10.2.1 Update Review

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iPad iOS 10.2.1 Update Review

We've installed the iOS 10.2.1 update on three iPad variants: The iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 2, and the original iPad Air.

Over the past few days we've been taking a look at several key areas of performance including including battery life. So far, battery life has been excellent on all three models. We haven't observed any odd battery drain. 

If you recently installed iOS 10.2.1, give it a few days to settle in. Sometimes it can take a couple of days for battery life to even out. If you continue to see issues with battery life, you should take action. Apple's next iOS update could be weeks out. 

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both holding up as well. We've tested these slates with several different ISPs, routers, and Bluetooth devices and we haven't run into any problems with speed or random disconnects. Our connections are stable. 

We're using the iPad mini 2 on AT&T's network and we haven't noticed any issues with cellular data. LTE and 4G are working fine. 

We haven't noticed any random reboots or freezes/lockups but we continue to see UI lag on the iPad Air and iPad mini 2, particularly when opening up folders and apps. This was an issue for us on iOS 10.2 as well. 

If you're using an older iPad and you're having an excellent experience on an older version of iOS, be careful. The iOS 10.2.1 update comes with important security patches but it could have a negative impact on your device's performance. Seek out a second or third opinion before you install. 

For more, take a peek at our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.2.1 update right now. 

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