Apple Releases iOS 10.2 Update, Brings India-Specific SOS Button


Apple has released latest iOS 10.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. The company has brought some new features and also corrected the issues with the iOS 10.1.1 update.


The camera app now allows users to preserve the last used camera settings. Live Photos have been improved as well with better stabilization and now deliver a faster frame rate. There was a problem with the ‘memories’ feature which generated a memory from receipts, screenshots and whiteboards, which has now been fixed.

The update for the first time brings an India-specific feature – the SOS or panic button – following the government’s new mandate. When the user upgrades to the iOS 10.2, he/she can go to the Settings menu and click on General where they can personalise the SOS button settings. Under this option, such as how many times you will have to press the Power button to make the Emergency SOS call, whether to sound a countdown for that or not. India will start the ‘112’ single emergency number from January 1, 2017, and once you rapidly press the power button for a specific number of times, the phone will connect to the number. This is in accordance to the government’s mandate of making the SOS feature compulsory in all phones.

Apple has also added 100 new emojis in the newly introduced Unicode 9.0 emoji standard, which basically means 100 new icons including new faces, food, animals, sport, and professions. Apple has added three new wallpapers for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

There’s also the addition of a new TV app, exclusive only to US users for now, for watching various TV shows, subscribing to premium content, and streaming it via the app.

iMessage also adds new love and celebration full screen effects in Messages Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented the keyboard from displaying in Messages.

Apple also 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.

The Safari browser issues have also been fixed, where articles opened as empty pages and the issue where the browser closed unexpectedly.

Apple Music app has been updated as well; iOS users can now just swipe up the Now Playing screen, and it will let them access Shuffle, Repeat and Up Next when listening to Music.

It is not clear if the battery problems have been corrected in this update.

If you want to upgrade your Apple device to iOS 10.2, you need to go to ‘Setting’, then select ‘Genera’. In that option chose ‘Software update’. Users may also download the iOS 10.2 update using iTunes on the PC, but ensure that your device content has been fully backed up before you update it.


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