iOS 10.2 Release Notes / Changes: Brings Tons Of New Emojis, Adds TV App And More

Here’s the full list of official iOS 10.2 release notes and changelog showing changes and every new feature that is new in Apple’s latest firmware release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

Official now. Apple has released iOS 10.2 to the global public, for the download and consumption on compatible iOS hardware. Assisting that release is the full official changelog that details everything that is new in the release. Took five weeks for Apple, iOS 10.2 has been in the hands of developers and public beta testers. Accompanying that testing period has resulted in Apple issuing seven pre-release seeds to those testers, with the aim of gathering feedback and bug reports on the platform in order to finalize and streamline it for the general public launch.

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The latest version of iOS, the iOS 10.2 update introduces new inclusions and design tweaks to iOS 10. It includes a new “TV” app, which is designed to serve as an Apple-designed TV guide that tends to simplify the television-watching experience and help users discover new TV shows and movies to watch. Replaced TV app in place of Videos. History has already shown us this level of dedication to progressing a platform, which ultimately involves invoking the expertise and keen eyes of those who will be using the platform, rather in a higher quality product being achieved.

You might be aware by now, iOS 10.2 release is more than just a point update that looks to adopt the platform and enhance the overall user-experience. In fact, it actually feels like a larger release than iOS 10.1 which made its way into the hands of device owners during the last week of October 2016.

Not only is iOS 10.2 packed full of slight changes, but nevertheless, it actually also contains a number of entirely new additions, such as the integration of the TV app which Apple waxed lyrical about during the recent MacBook Pro “hello again” event.

The app has essentially been replaced the Videos app within iOS 10.2, coming with an array of useful functions and its own dedicated Home and Lock screen interactive widget, the long-awaited Single Sign-On feature, allowing cable subscribers to sign in once with their cable credentials to access all live cable content available within various apps. The new TV app lets you play all your purchases from iTunes. Hot new inclusion is in the “Watch Now” section. Where you’ll be able to connect all your media apps to that TV app to get a singular experience for watching all capable content.

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Both Single Sign-On and the new TV app are available across multiple devices, including the Apple’s own creation of Apple TV. Once you do this on your iPhone or iPad, the content from all available apps will be displayed in the TV app. Open the Settings app and tap on “TV Provider“. Select your TV provider. Single Sign-On is currently only available for CenturyLink Prism, DirecTV, Dish, GVTC, GTA, Hawaiian Telcom, Hotwire, Metrocast, Service Electric, and Sling TV.

Has also made some changes to the stock Messages app in iOS 10.2, introducing a number of new full-screen messaging effects, all of which can be used to send communications to other users running iOS 10.2 on a supportive iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Those changes are also accompanied by many new emojis, changes to how data is taken via the Health app, and how device owners can make emergency SOS calls in India, among other things.

A range of new Emoji are included in the iOS 10.2 update, like clown face, face palm, selfie, fox face, owl, bacon, avocado, croissant, and more. Alongside there are more than a hundred new emoji characters added, including several profession emoji available in both male and female genders. Apple has also redesigned many existing emojis, preserving more detail to make them look more realistic.

Over 70 New Emojis Discovered in iOS 10.2 Firmware

Especially the shirt one, iOS 10.2 embraces the Unicode 9 standard and adds over seventy plus new emojis while redesigning and updating a ton of old ones. For instance, the wolf face has been recreated to actually look more genuine like wolf face. There are new animal emojis like Fox, Duck, Squid, etc.

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SOS Feature for iPhone [India]

iOS 10.2 gets Apple Watch’s Emergency SOS feature that contacts local emergency services when you press a key combination. On the iPhone, you need to click the power button 5 times to engage the feature. You can also turn off the feature by heading to Settings > General. However, this service is currently under testing and will only be available for iPhone owners in India.

By the way you can get back the Video app from the App Store. Those from the US, rather want to keep using the Videos app (for things like Home sharing), can re-download it from the iOS App Store (same like how a number of other stock apps can be had).

The full changlog details, or release notes if you prefer that terminology, can be found under the circumstances, running you through exactly what’s new with iOS 10.2 in Apple’s eyes.

“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.

TV
– 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

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

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 in after switching back from the Camera Roll on 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 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

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
– 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”

For those that have a compatible iPhone or iPad, the iOS 10.2 update is available to download as an over-the-air update right now.

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