Apple iOS 10.2 Is Now Available for Update – Whats New?

Finally iOS 10.2 has been released. This is another major update since the launched of iOS 10.1.1 on October 31st. This update includes several major features and many bug fixes.

iOS 10.2

You can update to iOS 10.2 by connecting your device to iTunes or downloading in Settings > General > Software Update. The iOS 10.2 update is available for the following devices: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later and iPod touch 6th generation and later.

What Is Included In The Update?

iOS 10.2 has several features worth pointing out:

– New TV App (Unfortunately it’s not available in Malaysia)

Apple released a new TV app that provides recommendations for new movies and TV shows in the “Watch Now” section and to discover new apps and new iTunes releases in the “Store” section. The “Up Next” section allows you to see the movies and TV shows that you are currently watching and continue where you let off.

– Single Sign-On For Cable TV (Unfortunately it’s not available in Malaysia)

If you are a cable TV subscriber, there is a new Single Sign-On feature that lets you sign in with your credentials once to see the content across various TV apps. According to MacRumors, this feature works with CenturyLink Prism, DirecTV, Dish, GVTC, GTA, Hawaiian Telcom, Hotwire, Metrocast, Service Electric and Sling TV.

– New Wallpapers

In iOS 10.2, Apple added three new wallpapers that can be used on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These three new wallpapers are known as Droplet Blue, Droplet Red and Droplet Yellow.

– Videos App Widget

A new widget for Videos has been added to the Lock Screen. The widget will show you the latest videos that were recorded and added to the Camera Roll.

– Preserve Settings For Camera App

A new “Preserve Settings” feature has been added to the Camera app in the iOS 10.2 update. The Preserve Settings feature allows you to set up the Camera app so it opens up with a certain setting by default. You can set up this feature by going to the Settings app > Photos & Camera > Preserve Settings. The “Preserve Settings” feature in the iOS 10.2 update has three options:
You can preserve the last mode whether it is Video or Square rather than having it reset to the photo mode by toggling on the “Camera Mode” in the “Preserve Settings” menu. And you can preserve the last used filter like Chrome rather than having it automatically reset to no filter by toggling on “Photo Filter” in the “Preserve Settings” menu. And you can preserve the Live Photo setting rather than have it automatically reset to on by tapping on the “Live Photo” toggle in the “Preserve Settings” menu.

– “Press and Hold to Speak”

There is a new “Press and Hold to Speak” feature under the Settings app > General > Accessibility > Home Button. This feature allows you to activate Siri or Voice Control when you press and hold the Home button.

– New “Celebrate” And “Send With Love” Screen Effect For Messages App

When Apple launched iOS 10, one of the biggest features added to the Messages app was the ability to add background effects to text messages. This feature works if the receiving party also upgraded to iOS 10 or higher. The effects that are included in iOS 10 include “send with balloons,” “send with confetti,” “send with lasers,” “send with fireworks” and “send with shooting star.” iOS 10.2 includes two more effects: “Celebrate” and “Send with Love.”

– New Show Star Ratings Feature

There is a new “Show Star Ratings” feature under the Settings app > Music. This feature lets you access star ratings from the action sheets for songs. The Star ratings do not affect the “For You” recommendations.

– New Headphone Icon In The Status Bar

Now when you connect your iPhone to Bluetooth headphones, there will be a new “headphones icon” located in the status bar.

– 100 New Emoji

Apple said that over 100 new emoji have been added to iOS 10.2. The new emoji included in the update have male and female versions of professions like firefighters and judges. And the art style of the emoji has been revised to appear “more bulbous.”

Here is the full changelog that Apple included in the iOS 10.2 update:

iOS 10.2 introduces new features including the TV app (US Only), a new and unified experience for accessing your TV shows and movies across multiple video apps. Emoji have been beautifully redesigned to reveal even more detail and over 100 new emoji have been added including new faces, food, animals, sports, and professions. This update also includes stability improvements and bug fixes.


Use Up Next to see the movies and shows you’re currently watching and pick up where you left off
Get recommendations for new movies and TV shows in Watch Now
Discover new apps and the latest iTunes releases in the Store
Access the Library for your iTunes purchases and rentals


Beautifully redesigned emoji that reveal even more detail
Over 100 new emoji including new faces, food, animals, sports, and professions


Improves stabilization and delivers faster frame rate for Live Photos
Improves accuracy of groupings of similar photos of the same person in the People album
Fixes an issue where Memories might generate a memory from photos of screenshots, whiteboards or receipts
Fixes an issue where the camera would stay zoomed in after switching back from the Camera Roll on iPhone 7 Plus
Additional support for RAW digital cameras


Adds new love and celebration full screen effects in Messages
Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented the keyboard from displaying in Messages


Swipe up the Now Playing screen to more easily access Shuffle, Repeat and Up Next
Choose how to sort Playlists, Albums, and Songs in Library


Stories you’ve saved for later now appear the new Saved section
The best paid stories from channels you subscribe to will now appear in a dedicated section in For You
It’s now easier than ever to get to the next story, just swipe left or tap Next Story while reading


Fixes an issue that caused the Move sheet to persist after filing a Mail message
Addresses an issue with long press activating copy and paste in Mail
Fixes an issue in which the wrong message would be selected after deleting a Mail conversation


Adds BraillePen14 support to VoiceOver
Fixes an issue where the braille table could switch unexpectedly with VoiceOver
Fixes an issue where sometimes Siri enhanced voices were unavailable to VoiceOver
Fixes an issue where VoiceOver users could not re-order items in lists
Fixes an issue where Switch Control was sometimes unable to delete Voicemails

Other improvements and fixes

Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories including window coverings, occupancy

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