Thursday, December 15, 2016

iOS 10.2.1 Release: 5 Things to Know

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An iOS 10.2.1 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is confirmed and today we want to walk you through the most important things you need to know ahead of the update’s release.


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Earlier this month, Apple pulled its highly anticipated iOS 10.2 update out of beta and delivered it to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models around the world. The iOS 10.2 is a huge update for iOS 10 users as it brings new features, fixes and security patches. It’s also brought problems to some users.


It appears that Apple plans to address at least some of these lingering iOS 10 issues with a brand new update dubbed iOS 10.2.1.


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The iOS 10.2.1 update is confirmed and it’s available right now ahead of its official release for all iOS 10-powered devices.


With an iOS 10.2.1 release on the way we want to show you the most important things you need to know, right now, about iOS 10.2’s likely successor.


This roundup features details about the iOS 10.2 beta, the iOS 10.2 update, the iOS 10.2 release time, and more. We’ll continue to update it with new details as the beta progresses so be on the lookout for frequent updates.


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iOS 10.2.1 Beta


If you want to try the iOS 10.2.1 update right now you can do that via the iOS 10.2.1 beta.


Apple’s released an early version of the software into its beta program for developers. It’s not yet available through the free Beta Software Program though we expect Apple to release the update for the general public in the near future.


If you do decide to try the early version of iOS 10.2.1 you’ll want to do your homework and you’ll want to prepare your device. Early software can and will wreck havoc on a device’s performance so you’ll want to be prepared.


You might encounter bugs in the iOS 10.2.1 beta.

You might encounter bugs in the iOS 10.2.1 beta.


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We’ve put together a guide that will take you through the iOS beta installation process. If this is your first time installing a beta on your iPhone or iPad you’ll want to dig through the instructions and ensure that you’re comfortable with them.


If you feel comfortable, take a look at our list of things to do before installing an iOS beta. There’s a lot that could go wrong so you’ll want to be as prepared as possible.


If you do decide to give the iOS 10.2.1 beta a try, make sure you report issues to Apple so it can improve the final version of the update.


You Can Downgrade


If you’ve already upgraded to iOS 10.1, iOS 10.1.1 or iOS 10.2 note that you can test the iOS 10.2.1 update’s performance on your device and drop back down to one of those updates.


Apple’s currently signing on all three of those updates which means you can take advantage of a loophole and drop back down to one if you decide that you can’t tolerate the iOS 10.2.1 beta’s performance on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.


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These loopholes won’t be open forever though and we expect the iOS 10.1 and iOS 10.1.1 downgrades to close up in the near future.


That said, you’ll always have a path back down to the latest version of iOS which in this case is the iOS 10.2 update.


For more on the downgrade process, take a look at our roundup.


iOS 10.2.1 Update


As for the iOS 10.2.1 itself, it’s looking like it’ll probably be a bug fix update rather than a milestone upgrade for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


Those digging through the iOS 10.2.1 beta haven’t unearthed any major features or tweaks so it appears the focus will be on under-the-hood improvements, something that should excite those dealing with issues on iOS 10.2 and earlier versions of the operating system.


The cupboard is pretty bare at the moment and beta testers have discovered a few small bug fixes on board. Apple could (and probably will) add to the iOS 10.2.1 beta so keep an eye out for changes.


At this point, expect a short change log with bug fixes and, if we’re lucky, security patches.


iOS 10.2.1 Release Date


Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 10.2.1 release date and rumors haven’t outed any specifics. So, at this point, it’s difficult to say when iOS 10.2.1 will be released to the public.


Given that it appears to be a small bug fixer, we’d expect the company to push it out sooner rather than later. We’d expect also expect the company to release it without warning.


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Apple confirms iOS release dates on stage during media events. And with no media events planned for the near future, there’s a good chance we won’t get an iOS 10.2.1 release date ahead of time.


We expect a few more betas before iOS 10.2.1 is released to the public so don’t be surprised if the update lands in early 2017.


iOS 10.2.1 Release Time


The iOS 10.2.1 release date is difficult to predict but the iOS 10.2.1 release time is easy to nail down right now.


iOS 10.2.1 will almost certainly arrive around 10AM Pacific on a date of Apple’s choosing. You can expect the same for any iOS 10.2.1 beta updates.


Here’s what that will look like for other regions in the United States and countries around the world including Australia and Japan:


  • Eastern – 1 PM

  • Central – 12 PM

  • Mountain – 11AM

  • London – 6 PM

  • Moscow – 9 PM

  • New Dehli – 10:30 PM

  • Shanghai – 1 AM

  • Tokyo – 2 AM

  • Melbourne – 3 AM

  • Auckland – 5 AM

Apple won’t confirm the iOS 10.2.1 release time ahead of time so you’ll want to keep an eye out for a release around 10AM Monday-Friday.




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