iOS 10.2.1 problems continue to plague iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users as we push deeper into the month of March.
Ahead of its official release, Apple released an iOS 10.2.1 beta for developers and those signed up via the free Beta Software Program.
The iOS 10.2.1 beta helped Apple squash a number of issues ahead of the official release. It failed to eradicate them all.
While the iOS 10.2.1 update fixes some lingering iOS 10 issues, its brought its own set of problems to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.
Today we want to take a look at the most important things iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners need to know about iOS 10.2.1 problems as we push toward the next iOS 10 release, a release that could be just a few short days away.
This roundup looks at the current state of iOS 10.2.1 problems, offers potential fixes for the most common iOS 10.2.1 issues, and provides some resources that could come in handy if you start to see trouble with your version of the iOS 10.2.1 update.
It also takes a look at what’s next from Apple in terms of bug fixes for iOS 10 problems.
iOS 10.2.1 Problems
iOS 10.2.1 is a small maintenance update but it’s causing big problems for iPhone and iPad users.
We continue to see complaints about abnormal battery drain, broken Wi-Fi, missing News app, finicky Bluetooth, busted cellular data, issues with lag, crashes, random reboots, email issues, installation problems, and various issues with sound.
iPhone users are also complaining about the “30% battery bug.” Those experiencing the issue say their battery suddenly dies when their device reaches the 30% battery mark. The issue first appeared late last year and it appears to be fairly widespread.
Apple’s discussion forums, Reddit, and social media sites like Twitter are filling up with complaints about iOS 10.2.1 and we expect more complaints to emerge as more people download and use the update on their device.
@AppleSupport it's iOS 10.2.1 and my battery is draining so quickly all of a sudden, when Iv hardly been using it..
— Shan (@ShannonStendall) March 14, 2017
iOS 10.2.1 kills the battery life like anything . Hope there would be a patch soon for this
— vivaji (@vivaji) March 13, 2017
This iOS 10.2.1 battery bug is killing me. When’s 10.3 coming? I’m ready for APFS anyway.
— Ryan Elainska (@glassblowerscat) March 13, 2017
— Z (@clingey) March 10, 2017
@Apple The only reason my wifi sucks is the iOS 10.2.1 still drops my home signal or asks for my PW. After a few restarts it works again.
— Kyle Willemssen (@KyleWillemssen) March 6, 2017
iOS 10.2.1 is officially the worst update ever. iMessage & iCloud calendar problems, and now Bluetooth & Apple Watch issues. I miss Steve.
— Leng Caloh (@lengcaloh) March 6, 2017
It’s impossible to predict what you might run into after you install iOS 10.2.1 on your phone or tablet. This is why we recommend doing some prep work before you download the update on your phone.
A little preparation ahead of the installation could go a long way toward preventing iOS 10.2.1 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 10.2.1 issues.
Where to Find Feedback
As we push into the year it’s important to keep tabs on the iOS 10.2.1 update and its performance.
Digging into iOS 10.2.1 feedback will alert you to potential problems and it’ll help you find potential benefits of the iOS 10.2.1 update.
You’ll find a ton of iOS 10.2.1 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 10.2.1 update right now. If you’re on the fence about the iOS 10.2.1 update, you’ll want to start there.
We’ve also been digging into iOS 10.2.1’s performance on several popular devices including the iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5, and iPad. Take a look at those roundups if you need some additional feedback.
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 10.2.1 updates for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
How to Fix iOS 10.2.1 Problems
If you run into trouble with your iOS 10.2.1 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, and more.
We’ve also put together a guide that walks you through some ways to improve performance if you’re struggling with performance issues like lag, lockups and freezes on iOS 10.2.1.
If we’re unable to provide you with a remedy for your iOS 10.2.1 problem, you should go to Apple’s discussion forums for help.
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 10.2 Downgrade Closed
Downgrading to an older version of iOS can sometimes help improve performance. Unfortunately, the downgrade is now closed.
Apple’s no longer signing off on iOS 10.2 which means you can no longer drop down to it in an effort to improve your device’s performance.
If you’re on iOS 10.2.1 you’re stuck until Apple releases the next iOS 10 update. That could be days from now, it could be weeks, we simply don’t know.
For more on the downgrade process, take a look at our walkthrough. It’ll help you get prepared for next time.
Apple’s confirmed an iOS 10.3 update and we expect it to be the update that follows iOS 10.2.1.
The iOS 10.3 update is confirmed and the beta delivers several new features and tweaks. It also brings bug fixes and performance improvements.
If you’re dealing with an issue on iOS 10.2.1 or below, we highly recommend monitoring the iOS 10.3 update as it passes through beta. And if you think it might help with your iOS 10.2.1 issues, you might just give the beta a whirl.
We could see more beta updates emerge before the update is officially released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch though there’s also a chance iOS 10.3 beta 7 is it.
Unfortunately, we still don’t exactly know when Apple will roll out iOS 10.3 and its collection of tweaks and fixes.
The company hasn’t confirmed a specific iOS 10.3 release date but we now know it will arrive before the end of April.
Apple hasn’t given Clips an official release date though the company does say the application will ship sometime in April. In other words, expect iOS 10.3 to launch before the end of next month. Sooner, if we’re lucky.
The company’s new iTunes 12.6 update comes with a “Rent once, watch anywhere” feature that requires iOS 10.3.
iOS 10.3 Release Date Narrows
The first thing to get excited about is that you won't have to wait too much longer for iOS 10.3 to arrive for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
If you're uninterested in trying out the iOS 10.3 beta, or if you're dealing with an maddening problem on iOS 10.2.1 on an older version of iOS, you should know that the iOS 10.3 release date should land in the near future.
We haven't been able to nail down an exact date but we now know it'll be out before the end of April.
Apple's announced a new Clips application (more on that later) that it's planning to release sometime during the month of April. How does the iOS 10.3 release play into this? Well, iOS 10.3 is required to use the Clips app.
iOS 10.3 is also required to use one of the new features on board iTunes 12.6.
iTunes 12.6 features a "Rent once, watch anywhere" that allows iTunes users to watch their movie rentals across all devices. This feature requires iOS 10.3 to operate, a sign that we're really, really close to a release.
If not March, we'll probably see it touch down sometime in early April.