iOS 10.2 Update Download Released for iPhone & iPad [IPSW Links]

Dec 12, 2016 - 21 Comments

iOS 10.2

Apple has released iOS 10.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.2 includes new wallpapers, a new TV app, some minor adjustments to the Music app Shuffle and Repeat button, a couple of new screen effects for imessage. Over 100 new emojis icons are also included, ranging from a cowboy, a cucumber, an astronaut, someone using a Mac, guerrilla, owl, avocado, a selfie, a handshake, and more.

iOS 10.2 also includes various bug fixes and other improvements to the mobile operating system.

Download & Update to iOS 10.2

The easiest way to install and update iOS 10.2 on an iPhone or iPad is by using the Over-the-Air update mechanism:

  1. Back up the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iTunes and/or iCloud
  2. Open the “Settings” app and go to “General” and then to “Software Update”
  3. Choose “Download and Install” when iOS 10.2 appears on screen

iOS 10.2 update download available to install

iOS 10.2 will download and automatically install onto the device.

Another option is to update and install iOS 10.2 through iTunes by connecting a device to a computer with a modern version of iTunes.

iOS 10.2 IPSW Download Links

Users can also choose to download iOS 10.2 IPSW firmware files directly from Apple. Using IPSW to update iOS is not particularly difficult but it is generally advanced and not necessary for the vast majority of users.

Troubleshooting iOS 10.2 Update

If iOS 10.2 is not showing up for you in Software Update, you may need to delete any existing old iOS software updates first that may be stored on the device. After that, reboot the iPhone or iPad. You can learn how to restart an iPhone or iPad, or reboot an iPhone 7 here, which is a slightly different process. Upon rebooting the iOS 10.2 update should appear as expected.

If you’re looking to find the new Emoji icons in iOS 10.2 simply load the Emoji keyboard as usual and browse around, they are intermixed with existing emojis in iOS.

New emoji in iOS 10.2

iOS 10.2 Release Notes

Release notes for iOS 10.2 are as follows:

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.

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

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

▪ 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
▪ 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

▪ 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

▪ 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

Separately, tvOS 10.1 is also available for Apple TV users, and watchOS 3.1.1 is available for Apple Watch.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News


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  1. User S says:

    I did the update and I did not get any new emoji. Why?

  2. Dawn says:

    How do I send feedback about a glitch with this 🙇🏻‍♀️ emoji? I added it in my calendar and when I hit ‘Done’ and it closed it changed to 🙇🏻 with a male [or female symbol] next to it. It was the circle w line w/ arrows straight down. Not sure which sex that is.

  3. dilara says:

    my phone was not updating

  4. Fred says:

    We all know that emoticons are more important than fixing bugs that have been with us since IOS 5.

  5. the giant says:

    Can’t watch videos from any sites now. They just don’t load.

  6. Chris R says:

    iOS 10.2 has broken my 5s worse than iOS 10 did. Now it shuts down whenever it wants. And dies it multiple times a day. Great job!

  7. Hamza Sheikh says:

    Only emojis and few wallpapers? I am not going to update. I would love to wait for the jailbreak. At least, that way I can customize my i7.

  8. TD says:

    Did they fix the baloney about forgetting the wi-fi network when its SSID is not broadcast? That one is highly irritating.

  9. UglyStuff says:

    Says here that I already got the latest version, though I’m running 10.2 beta 7.

    Can someone tell me what the build number is, so I can check?

  10. User says:

    I’m not a big Emoji user. I think they’re rapidly reaching the point of diminishing returns where simply using a word is faster than rummaging through the tons of them that exist now to find the right one. But those young folk do what they do…

    However, if Apple didn’t include the new ones, then there would be people upset that they didn’t keep up with the latest Unicode standards.

    And despite the issues with Apple’s products of late, the company is still capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time.

    Core iOS engineers are not the one entrusted with drawing new Emoji at the expense of other work.

  11. hare krshn says:

    Updated to iOS 10.2 withut any glitches but battery issue is not addressed yet. Looks like trying to piss off things and focussing on priorities…

  12. Steve says:

    Still no dark theme either!

    I’m just hoping that they fixed the BT problems iOS 10 brought us…

  13. Frank T. says:

    Seems like a decent update.

    At least if one actually bothers to read about the update.

    Perhaps to keep some folks happy updates to the eye candy will need to be placed at the end.

    • Pablo says:

      iOS 10.2 has a lot of bug fixes and other improvements, as well as new Emoji icons. There’s a theory that Apple introduces new Emoji icons to insure people install the update, because emoji are by far one of the most popular elements of a mobile OS due to messaging etc.

  14. T. Patrick says:

    Still No SWIPE TO UNLOCK!!!!!!! What a bunch of malarkey. :-(

  15. Sally says:

    A cowboy and a cucumber? I am so all over this.

  16. Ogles of Kansas says:

    What features or improvements does it offer to adults who work for a living?

  17. Mortecai Gruel says:

    I wish Apple would concentrate even more on the Emoji and less on bugs and other junk. I speak almost exclusively to others in Emoji only, and I need more options!

    • Mitchard McCornel says:

      That’s why they made the EmojiBook Pro with Emoji Bar, it’s $4000 and only gets 3 hours of battery life and has no RAM but it’s all Emoji baby!

      Oh boy I can’t wait to install iOS 10.2 with Emoji on my EmojiPhone 7!

  18. Emoji Ed says:

    More Emoji in iOS 10.2? Wow!

    I can’t wait to do it.

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