Apple’s iOS 10.2 updates emoji and adds US-centric TV app

Alex Kidman 13 December 2016

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For most Australians, it’s the bug fixes that will matter most.

Apple’s latest update to its iOS mobile operating system is now available to download for qualifying iPhone and iPad devices, adding a few new features as well as fixing a slew of existing bugs.

The headline new feature isn’t one that’s likely to impact you much unless you spend a lot of time in the United States, however, as it’s a TV app that only works with US video sources for content discovery.

Alongside the new app are 100 new emojis for your iMessage and other iOS needs, but it’s in the area of small tweaks that most Australians are likely to see improvements.

Apple’s release of iOS 10.1 was marred by a lot of bugs, and it appears that its software developers have been busy trying to squish as many of them as feasible. Specifically, Apple’s notes for iOS 10.2 suggest that the following fixes and tweaks should be available to any iOS 10.2 user:

Photos

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 after switching back from the Camera Roll on an iPhone 7 Plus
Additional support for RAW digital cameras

Messages

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

Music
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

News

Stories you've saved for later now appear in the Saved section
The best paid stories from channels you subscribe to will 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

Mail

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

Accessibility

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
Improve 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 in empty pages
Fixes an issue that could cause Safari to quit unexpectedly after marking an item as read in Reading List

How do I update to iOS 10.2?

As with any iOS update, you may be prompted that the update is available, but if you’re not, you can kickstart the process by opening up the Settings app, tapping on General and then on Software Update. If you’re using a device capable of upgrading to 10.2, it should appear there. Be aware that it’s quite a large update, so downloading over cheaper Wi-Fi rather than mobile data is advisable.

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