If you’re thinking about installing the iOS 9.2 update ahead of its public release date, there are some things you need to know.
Earlier this week, Apple released another milestone iOS 9 update. The iOS 9.2 update is confirmed thanks to an iOS 9.2 beta release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Apple hasn’t attached a release date to the new software and that puts a greater focus on the early version.
The iOS 9.2 beta was already available for developers and today, Apple made it available to the general public through the Beta Software Program. Anyone with an Apple ID can join the Beta Software Program and test out the iOS 9.2 update ahead of its release.
According to those testing the update, the iOS 9.2 beta 1 comes with some new features, bug fixes, and enhancements for the iPhone 4s and iPhone 6s Plus. It also, according to testers, comes with some new iOS 9 problems. After all , this is beta software we’re talking about here.
In the hours since the iOS 9.2 beta release, we’ve started to hear and see more about iOS 9.2 beta problems. If you know what the point of Apple’s beta release is, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. If you’re not familiar, the point of a beta is to weed out bugs ahead of a full-blown release.
Now that the public iOS 9.2 beta release is here, we think it’s appropriate to take a look at these early iOS 9.2 beta problems. Here, we’ll point out some of the initial issues, offer some fixes, and tell you what you need to know about the future of iOS 9.2.
There Are iOS 9.2 Beta Problems
Before you install the iOS 9.2 beta on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you should know that there are iOS 9.2 beta problems plaguing the software.
Apple’s terms of service prohibit Beta Software Program users from discussing the beta but that hasn’t stopped developers (and others…) from sharing their thoughts with fellow testers and iOS users around the world.
Developers on MacRumors have already outlined some of the known bugs plaguing the iOS 9.2 beta 1. The running list includes:
- App Switcher – settings screen in app switcher still blank
- App Switcher – scrolling as far to the right as possible and tapping the home screen preview while holding it to the left side of the screen will make the animation jump
- iCloud Keychain – sometimes, while setting up iCloud Keychain, you receive a Could Not Set Up iCloud Keychain error. Workaround: Reboot the device
- Messages – animation missing when tapping on Edit and then Cancel (the messages will just pop back)
- Music – “Show complete album” missing when you have less than the full album in My Music
- Videos – videos with ‘folw’ track associations will fail to play on 32-bit devices.
- If you “reduce transparency”: ON, you can´t see the tapping indicator when you write in a white keyboard. No issues with black keyboard. This bug is present since ios 8. (as seen here: Youtube)
Now that the iOS 9.2 beta is available to a larger number if people, we expect the number of complaints to grow.
Finding and dealing with problems is a part of the beta process. But we’re calling these out because we want prospective iOS 9.2 beta users to be aware of these issues, and the potential for more problems, before taking the plunge with iOS 9.2.
You probably won’t be able to prevent every single iOS 9.2 beta problem from appearing on your device but we’ve put together a pre-iOS 9.2 beta installation guide that could cut down on the amount of problems you do so.
iOS 9.2 Beta Feedback
It’s important to dig for feedback about early iOS updates. Not only is important for those of you thinking about installing the update, in this case iOS 9.2 beta, but it’s also important for those of you with the beta on board. You’ll want to track the updates progress, share bugs and advice with other users, and so on.
If you want to gauge iOS 9.2 beta performance on your device before installing, YouTube is probably the best place to start your search.
We’ve already seen tons of testers offer feedback about several versions of the iOS 9.2 beta and that will continue all the way up until the iOS 9.2 release date.
In addition to YouTube, you’ll want to keep an eye on this growing thread over at MacRumors. It’s now 25 pages deep and it’s going to be an excellent resource moving forward.
We’ll also start to see iOS 9.2 beta testers share feedback on social media sites like Twitter. Not a ton but you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled. This feedback will help you figure out if the iOS 9.2 beta is worth it and it might help you find a fix for an issue if you’re already on the update.
Fixes for iOS 9.2 Beta Problems
Apple’s discussion forums are a great resource after an iOS release but they’re not good for iOS beta updates. That said, there are some resources out there that could help you solve your iOS 9.2 beta problem.
If you do run into problems with the iOS 9.2 beta, our list of fixes for common iOS 9 problems could help you track down a fix.
It doesn’t include a fix for every single iOS 9.2 beta problem out there (Apple will need to fix some issues) but it will help you solve some of the more common problems that affect beta software. Weird battery drain, lag, Wi-Fi issues, and more.
How to Downgrade from iOS 9.2 Beta
If you run into iOS 9.2 beta problems and you can’t find a fix yourself or can’t wait for Apple to fix it for you, you can always downgrade.
You’ll always be able to drop back down to the most current version of iOS 9 so if you’re already there, you can try the iOS 9.2 beta without penalty.
What’s Next for iOS 9.2 Beta
iOS 9.2 beta 1 probably won’t be the only beta release. We should see more as Apple and its testers refine the software ahead of a public release date.
Apple tends to fix iOS beta problems with each beta release so you can expect some of the iOS 9.2 beta 1 problems to get tackled in iOS 9.2 beta 2. Apple typically releases a new beta once every one to two weeks so if you’re dealing with an issue and can’t fix it (or don’t want to downgrade), you’ll need to remain patient.
Many of the problems that emerge during the beta process will get taken care of before the public iOS 9.2 release but there’s always a chance something slips through the cracks. That’s why you’ll want to keep tabs on Apple’s progress and the performance of your individual update.
The iOS 9.2 release date is unknown but Apple never releases anything past beta 5. If and when iOS 9.2 beta 5 rolls out, you’ll know that we’re close to a public release.
iOS 9.2 Beta Performance
If you don't plan on installing the iOS 9.2 beta ahead of its release, you can still track the iOS 9.2 update's performance ahead of its public release date.
We've already seen developers provide some early feedback about the upgrade and we expect to see a whole lot more now that Apple is offering the iOS 9.2 beta to the general public through the Beta Software Program.
The best place to look for feedback about the iOS 9.2 beta is YouTube. There, you'll find videos about your iOS 9.2 update. We've already found a ton of videos that outline iOS 9.2 performance on iPhone 6s, iPhone 4s, and more.
Some users are saying that iOS 9.2 is superior to iOS 9.1 but this is only the first beta update. You'll want to keep tabs on all of the iOS 9.2 beta updates that Apple releases ahead of launch. Do that and you'll be well equipped for the public release.