iOS 9.2 vs iOS 9.1: What’s New in iOS 9.2

Here’s a look at what’s new in iOS 9.2 with a focused comparison of iOS 9.2 vs iOS 9.1 that will show you the changes that make this upgrade worth installing for many users. This is what iOS 9.2 adds to the iPhone and iPad and a closer look at the iOS 9.2 fixes that target iOS 9.1 problems.

Apple recently announced the iOS 9.2.1 update that delivers a small series of fixes to the iPhone and iPad. This small new update also improves performance on some older devices.

The iOS 9.2 release date is here and users can download iOS 9.2 directly to the iPhone or iPad to upgrade — or install with iTunes.

Users upgrading from iOS 9.1, iOS 9.0.1, iOS 9.0.2 or iOS 9 will not see many visual changes, but there are many important new iOS 9.2 features — including some that users have asked Apple to deliver for years.

With this iOS 9.2 feature breakdown we will help you see the new options and features that you will use in the new update. There are no new emoji with this upgrade, but there are still plenty of important changes from iOS 9.1 to iOS 9.2.

Here's what's new in iOS 9.2.

Here’s what’s new in iOS 9.2.

We see a number of fixes for problems with Apple iPhone apps and iPad apps, new accessory options for iPhones running this update and a lot of fixes for other iOS 9 problems that frustrated users for the last several months.

Apple fast tracked the iOS 9.2 update compared to earlier years, where big fix updates did not arrive until the year after a new version of iOS arrived.

The iOS 9.2 update is a free download and it runs on any device compatible with iOS 9. This is the same set of devices that can run iOS 8, so you can install this on a wide range of devices.

Right now it is possible to downgrade to iOS 9.1, but that will not last forever. You do not need to install the update on your iPhone or iPad, but there are many reasons to do so.

Use the images and descriptions below to learn what’s new in iOS 9.2 an how this compares to iOS 9.1. You can click on an image below to jump directly to that new iOS 9.2 feature or you can use the arrows to move through each of the images.

iOS 9.2 Fixes iOS 9 and iOS 9.1 Problems

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iOS 9.2 Fixes iOS 9 and iOS 9.1 Problems

Perhaps one of the biggest changes with the iOS 9.2 update is that it fixes a lot of iOS 9 problems and iOS 9.1 problems for iPhone and iPad users.

We see small fixes come in targeted updates, but the iOS 9.2 update packs in a lot of new fixes that may solve a problem that annoyed you for the last several months. Here are the new fixes in iOS 9.2.

  • Fixing an issue that caused mail attachments to be inaccessible for some users with POP email accounts
  • Resolving an issue for some users that caused attachments to overlap text in mail
  • Fixing an issue where Live Photos could have turned off after restoring from a previous iCloud backup
  • Addressing an issue that could cause search in Contacts to display no results
  • Resolving an issue that could have prevented Calendar from displaying all seven days in week view
  • Fixing an issue where Camera screen on iPad could be black when attempting to capture video
  • Addressing an issue that could cause instability in the Activity app when viewing the day of Daylight Savings Time transition
  • Fixing an issue that could prevent data from appearing in Health
  • Fixing an issue that could prevent Wallet updates and Lock screen alerts from displaying
  • Addressing an issue where updating iOS could prevent an alarm from going off
  • Fixing an issue where some users were unable to login to Find my iPhone
  • Fixing an issue that prevented some manual iCloud Backups from completing
  • Addressing an issue where using the iPad keyboard could unintentionally trigger text selection mode
  • Improved keyboard responsiveness when using Quick Reply
  • Improved punctuation input on the 10-key Chinese (Pinyin & Stroke) keyboards with new expanded view of punctuation symbols and better predictions
  • Fixing an issue on Cyrillic keyboards where caps lock would be enabled when typing in URL or email fields

You'll notice that many of these are targeted, but cover things that can easily annoy users. Slow keyboard response in Quick Reply is one of our frustrations with iOS 9.1 that this fixes. Other upgrades fix alarm bugs, iCloud backup problems and much more.

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