Apple has rolled out the latest iOS 10.2 for users of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The iOS 10 was released in October this year, and this is the second time Apple has upgraded it. In the latest update, the company has brought some new features and also corrected the issues with the iOS 10.1.1 update. The Live Photos feature has been upgraded and it has improved stabilisation and also a quicker frame rate. Camera app users can also preserve the previously used settings for the camera. It has also corrected the zooming problem with the camera which would stay zoomed in when switched back from the roll, on the iPhone 7 Plus model. There was a problem with the ‘memories’ feature which generated a memory from receipts, screenshots and whiteboards, which has now been fixed.
Following an Indian government ruling, Apple in its update for the first time has brought an India-specific feature, called the SOS or panic button. When the user upgrades to the iOS 10.2, he/she can go to the Settings menu and click on General where they can personalise the SOS button settings. The settings essentially mean how many times the power button needs to be clicked in order to make the ‘panic’ call, also the need for a countdown. India will start the ‘112’ single emergency number from January 1, 2017, and once you rapidly press the power button for a specific number of times, the phone will connect to the number. This feature is compulsory because of a government ruling.
Interestingly, Apple has also added 100 new emojis in the newly introduced Unicode 9.0 emoji standard. The emojis have been added in the options of food, animals, jobs, games and faces. Three new wallpapers have also been added to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices. Many effects have been added to the iMessages app. There was an issue with the keyboard where is stopped displaying messages at times, which has now been fixed in the update. Some more bugs in the Mail app has been fixed, including the problem with the long press copy-paste option in Mail and also the bug which made the Move sheet to stay on top even after sending a message via mail.
The Safari browser issues have also been fixed, where articles opened as empty pages and the issue where the browser closed unexpectedly. Apple Music app and Apple TV have also been updated and the company has also released the WatchOS 3.1.1. It is not clear if the battery problems have been corrected in the update.
If you want to upgrade your Apple device to iOS 10.2, you need to go to ‘Setting’, then select ‘Genera’. In that option chose ‘Software update’. Users may also download the iOS 10.2 update using iTunes on the PC, but ensure that your device content has been fully backed up before you update it.