Just one week after releasing iOS 10.3, a major update that included Apple Filesystem and Find My AirPods, Apple has released iOS 10.3.1, which appears to be a minor update to address bugs and other issues that have popped up since the release of iOS 10.3.
iOS 10.3.1 is available as a free over-the-air update for all iOS 10 users, and it can also be downloaded via iTunes.
According to Apple’s release notes, iOS 10.3.1 includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad, and a security document suggests it fixes a Wi-Fi-related vulnerability. The release notes do not go into more detail about what bug fixes might be bundled into this release, so we’ll update this post if and when we learn more about the content of the iOS 10.3.1 update.
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.
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.
A unified, Apple-designed HomeKit app has been desired by HomeKit users since HomeKit first debuted, and it appears Apple is planning to introduce such an app in the near future, perhaps in iOS 10.
The hint on Apple’s HomeKit plans comes from an Amazon reviewer who works in the marketing department at Apple. The name of the reviewer coincides with the LinkedIn profile of a marketing employee at Apple, and we have confirmed that the Amazon review was indeed created by the Apple employee.
As I work in marketing for Apple, we test many Smart Home devices, especially for iOS HomeKit integration. […]
Some advice, there are many third party applications, most free, that offer more control and customization(s) with many Smart Home devices. “Yonomi” is a free app that I often use, “Home” is another which cost $14.99. Both offer support for many devices with more added daily (including Amazon “Echo”). The next version of iOS due this fall will have a standalone “HomeKit” app as well.
While we verified the source of the information, there’s always a chance that Apple’s plans could change ahead of the release of iOS 10. There have been several past rumors suggesting Apple would debut a public HomeKit app, but such an app has not materialized even though Apple has long used a HomeKit app internally.