Apple releases iOS 10.2

Apple today released iOS 10.2 which 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 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, motion, door/window, smoke, carbon monoxide, and water leak sensors
• Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories when software updates are available to HomeKit accessories
• Improves Bluetooth performance and connectivity with 3rd party accessories
• Fixes an issue that could cause FaceTime participants to appear out of focus
• Fixes an issue that could cause FaceTime calls to appear with incorrect aspect ratio and orientation
• Fixes an issue that prevented some Visual Voicemail from completing playback
• Fixes a Safari Reader issue that could cause articles to open as empty pages
• Fixes an issue that could cause Safari to quit unexpectedly after marking an item as read in Reading List

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    1. For a large majority of iPhone owners, Emojis are probably the only thing they are looking for in an update, hence near-top billing.

      For the rest of us, there seems to be plenty of bug fixing to make this update worthwhile. We can also hope that the generic “stability improvements” translates into an actual, real difference.

      1. You are correct. The world has become solidly digital and social, in large part because of Apple’s invidious social engineering. Featuritis and obsession with specs are out, and fun and design cachet are in. This has permanently infuriated dyed-in-the-wool technology mavens, once lords of a brave new world but lately demoted to snivelling curmudgeons, supplanted by (gasp) ordinary consumers, ignorant peons whose desire for emoji or other supposed trivia blaspheme a holy, exclusive, and lucrative belief system.

        It may even be that Apple’s deliberately plotted destruction of technology shamanism and privilege explains the nation of trolls that still gnaw away at our vital parts. They are scratching for a venue of any sort, and can succeed in the long run in the same way that rats and cockroaches are ineradicable.

  1. Am I the only one who is sick of swiping to access controls that could be on the screen at all times?

    For example, in the Music or Podcasts app, there is more than enough screen real estate to ALWAYS show the controls that indicate if you’re on shuffle play, etc. Adding and deleting from playlists is klunky at best. It’s stupid that Apple keeps hiding this stuff. It is still NOT intuitive and NOT EFFICIENT for the user.

      1. During the 00’s, we didn’t need to. They knew what was best for users and most of the time they got it much better than the competition. Seems that’s not the case anymore

    1. Agreed about the need to wipe/swipe. This is just one example where intuition/efficiency is sacrificed for Apple’s growing penchant for user engineering…not freedom. The OS is “getting in the way,” vs being a seamless medium. Re: control, when an update is announced, it’s mandated the user say, “now” or “remind me_later tonight/tomorrow.” Apple will ping forever until the update occurs. I get it, but I don’t like being nagged to take vitamins either.

      1. I hate side-swiping to get the camera open from the lock screen. It fails way too often (didn’t swipe enough) and, despite that, can be opened by accident. Much less reliable than grabbing and swiping up the camera slider from iOS 9.

        The way it works makes me feel like they didn’t test it in real-world usage. It theoretically should be easier to get the camera going, but its technique makes you feel like it should be easier to swipe so you don’t focus on it, so it fails, so you try again another time or two and eventually get the camera open.
        The old way made it clear that you needed to focus (just a bit), and it almost always worked on the first try.

  2. Just now updated over air to iOS 10.2 on iPhone 5s and iPad Air. On both devices, apps previously queued for updating (I do not update automatically) now cannot be updated.

    1. I have NOT updated my iPhone 5s past iOS 9.3.5 and will likely not do so over concern that this update will “break what is not broken” and slowwww me down. I must wait until the introduction of a vastly improved iPhone in 2017, and can not afford to do so sooner than that. Are there any other thoughts on iOS 10.X and iPhone 5s? Thanks 🙂

  3. I have family sharing activated for all 6 members of my family. The new TV app doesn’t appear to use the family sharing paradigm. Has anyone gotten this to work? All other content through the iTunes Store works for family sharing.

  4. Just did the Apple TV update. What a fucking hot mess the TV app is. If you have a TV provider you have to sign in to EACH app individually and activate them separately from your smartphone for EVERY channel (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Nat Geographic, HBO, PBS, Showtime, etc, etc, etc). Holy crapshow Batman!

    It’s outstanding someone at Apple thought this should be released to consumers. The average consumer won’t take the time to hassle with this BS.

    1. That’s insane, but seems to be more and more typical of Apple. When I had my phone replaced from the battery recall, the number of things I had to log back into was infuriating, despite restoring from a secure backup. It was bad even if I only count Apple’s own apps and services.

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