Apple released the iOS 10 earlier this year and since then there has been two major updates to it, dubbed as iOS 10.1 and 10.2. With iOS 10.2 Apple has managed to bring forward a host of new features which are much welcomed. As iOS 10.2 is an incremental update to iOS 10 there are not humongous amount of changes, still there are a lot to talk about.
- New Video App: With the launch of the new MacBook Pro, Apple’s new Video app now works on both iOS and Apple TV. It’s a new way of discovering content across iTunes and other streaming apps. It’s US only for now, and it lacks support for Netflix. The dull Videos app which comes bundled with iOS, looks and operates much better now.
- Music Player: Apple’s decision to hide the Shuffle and Repeat buttons below the fold and not providing any kind of visual cue that there’s any content down below, was met with universal outrage. Apple’s solution to this isn’t to actually redesign the screen. But instead they’ve added a splash screen that a user will see the first time they open the Now Playing screen. This tells them they can swipe up to view the Shuffle button and Up Next queue.
- Camera Updates: Apple has added an option that lets you save your camera settings. It lets you always jump straight into ’square’ photo mode, stick with the same filter or keep Live Photos turned off, depending on your preferences.
- New In-Built Wallpapers: Three new attractive wallpapers have been added in iOS 10.2 release. They’re designed to bring the best out of the wider color gamut displays on the iPhone 7.
- New Emojis: Several new emojis like a clown, croissant, shark, owl, butterfly and an avocado are also added in iOS 10.2 release. On the other hand numerous old emoji have also been redesigned to look more modern, with loads more profession-based emoji now available in both male and female, too.
- TV & Videos widget: Similar to the Netflix widget, the new Videos widget shows you the Series or Movie you’re watching, and with a tap you can jump straight back into it without opening up the app.
- Single Sign-on: Sign Sign-On lets cable subscribers log into all the channel apps using only one login. Once you do this on your iPhone or iPad, the content from all available apps will be displayed in the TV app.
- A new SOS feature: This will call emergency services when the power button on the iPhone is pressed 5 times. This is however a voluntary feature and can be turned off from settings.
- Quick Response: With iOS 10.2, when you’re tying a response to a message in quick response, and you choose to open the app, the text you’ve already written will no longer be lost.
- Home Button Changes: In the “Press and Hold Home Button to Speak” section you can switch from Siri to plain old Voice Control or just turn the feature off altogether.
- Siri: If you turn off Siri, the next time you press and hold the Home button, you’ll get a new splash screen giving you information about Siri and giving you options to turn it back on again.
- Bug Fixes & Others: Several Bug fixes that were identified in the iOS 10.1 release have now been fixed. Like when you turn off the “Show Contact Photos” option from the “Messages” section “Settings” app, all contact photos will actually disappear now. Previously, iOS 10 still showed contact photos in conversation, that’s no longer the case. There is also a new celebration effect in iMessages and you can also give star ratings in the Music app with iOS 10.2.
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