iOS 10.2’s best new features
The best new features coming to your iPhone and iPad in December with Apple’s latest iOS update.
Here’s seven that will make it worth the upgrade.
1. New emojis
Your iPhone or iPad keyboards will be getting 72 new emojis with the upgrade to iOS 10.2 because we clearly haven’t reached the peak of emoji communication yet. This includes notable smiley and sick faces, new professions that include both men and women, more food essentials and a selfie arm, to name a few. Click here to check out the complete list of emojis added as part of the Unicode 9.0 standard.
2. Preserve camera settings
Instead of defaulting to the original camera settings every time you launch the app, soon you’ll be able to choose what mode or filter to open on.
To access scroll down to the new Preserve Settings option under Photos and Camera in the Settings and select which ones you want to preserve including the live photos features.
3. Emergency SOS
The emergency feature that first appeared on the Apple Watch will be available on iOS devices with this new update.
In the event of an emergency, it will allow you to call the authorities without having to take the phone out of your pocket.
Press the on/off button five times in a row to initiate a three-second countdown which will connect you to the emergency services in one of 14 participating countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, the UK and the US.
If you’ve set up emergency contacts in your health app, it also let’s you alert them that a call has been placed along with information about your location.
The feature is activated by default on the beta version, but can be easily deactivated from the Settings menu under General.
4. Resume your text from a quick response
Ever lost what you were writing in the quick response bubble when you switch to fullscreen in Messages mid sentence? This annoying bug has been fixed in iOS 10.2, meaning you can pick off where you left off in your text when you click to open the full screen message from the lock screen or preview.
5. Celebration message screen
There’s also a new Celebration screen filter in the Messages app on iOS 10.2. To access, long press or 3D touch the arrow on the chat bubble next to your message, toggle to screen and swipe to the last option. The Sparkler animation comes complete with haptic feedback to help you get your celebration message across.
6. New wallpaper on the 7 and 7 Plus
If you have and iPhone 7 or , you will soon have three new wallpaper options to chose from for your background and lock screen. The options are water droplets in blue, pink and yellow, that move with the phone when you chose the “perspective” option.
7. TV app
The new TV app Apple demoed in their latest keynote is coming to iOS devices with iOS 10.2 and is already available to some users on the developer’s beta program. We updated three different devices and were still unable to get the app, but it should automatically load on your device when it launches in December. The TV is meant to be a central hub for TV content and video subscriptions that will curate content for you and suggest new shows based on your preferences like the For You section in Apple Music.
Check back for the TV app updates and our first take of the service.