Apple iOS 10 and iOS 10.2 features and updates you must know

Apple’s iOS 10 and iOS 10.2 updates for your iPhone and iPad really live up to the milestone software version number, bringing major changes to your daily phone and tablet routine.

You won’t recognize portions of the interface; that’s how different things are. But don’t worry, almost all of the new iOS 10 features are for the best – and absolutely free to download today.

iOS 10 launched alongside watchOS 3 for the Apple Watch in September, and just before macOS for MacBook Pro 2016 in October, after they all made their big debut at WWDC 2016 in June.

We’ve been playing with the new iPhone and iPad software since the iOS 10 beta stage, and we’re still discovering new features with the iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 and expecting an iOS 10.3 beta in 2017.

You’ll need some time to wrap your head around the new functionality of this mobile operating system, so we went ahead of broke it down for you. Here’s what we’ve learned about iOS 10 through iOS 10.2.

Your iPhone is about to change yet again, as Apple launched iOS 10.2 on December 12, and it has some notable new features.

It introduces over 70 new emoji thanks to the adoption of Unicode 9 characters. Your iPhone is now the shortest way to express a ‘shrug’ and ‘fingers crossed.’

The ‘Preserve Settings’ camera submenu lets you lock in the camera mode (such as video, square, portrait), the photo filter (like chrome, mono and instant), and Live Photo (in case you want it off by default).

iOS 10.2 also jazzes you with a new ‘Celebration’ and ‘Love’ full-screen message effects and three new wallpapers. They’re artsy with different colored droplets.

There’s a new pre-loaded app from Apple and good news: you probably won’t want to immediately delete this one. It’s the all-new TV app.

It pulls from sources like iTunes and streaming services like HBO Now and Hulu. US networks like Fox, CBS, The CW, AMC, Comedy Central and Starz are here too.

The great thing about this is that, as you log into each, the TV app’s ‘Watch Now’ tab begins to populate with shows you are or should be watching. It breaks down the barriers between the different video apps out there.

Apple’s TV app is supposed to replace the neglected Videos app (but for some users, both apps are present). There’s no need for two now. The new app added our one and only TV show episode (a free iTunes promo from 2009) that ‘Videos’ had been carrying around. That tells you something about its past usefulness.

There’s thankfully a lot more to the all-encompassing TV app. Behind in scenes, there’s also a new settings menu for ‘TV Provider.’ It’s designed to let the TV app pull from subscription services like Dish and Sling TV.

Basically, the new TV app delivers TV content no matter where it’s sourced from. It really breaks down the walls between siloed video apps on your iOS device.

Pro tip: There’s no Netflix channel in the ‘Store’ tab, but you can add individual Netflix shows through the ‘Search’ tab. Just search ‘Black Mirror’ and you’ll see a list of all three seasons and can open up any episode in Netflix.

Don’t see the iOS 10.2 TV app just yet? You’re not alone, actually. We didn’t see it until iOS 10.2 beta 5 and it may not launch outside the US immediately. As they say in TV, stay tuned.
iOS 10.2.1 beta 2

Apple launched a developer-only beta update dubbed iOS 10.2.1 beta 2, and like the name suggests, it’s an incremental update.

That means we don’t anticipate seeing any front-facing features from this latest version, but we do foresee bug fixes and smaller tweaks.

iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 is also just 61.2MB large, so the theory that there’s not much new is reflected in the much smaller file size.
iOS 10.1 update

iOS 10.1 introduced Portrait Mode photos on iPhone 7 Plus
Also added message replay functions and fixes bugs
But iOS 10.1.1 users reported severe battery drain

Although Apple launches iOS 10 right on the nose on Tuesday, September 13 at 10am Pacific, it returned with another set of tweaks just 41 days later.

Portrait Mode is the highlight of iOS 10.1, but it can only be enjoyed by iPhone 7 Plus owners since it requires the rear dual-lens camera.

It’s a special camera mode within the default app that adds a distinct bokeh effect, which blurs the background and really accentuates on your subject.

Correctly framing shots in iOS 10.1 Portrait Mode can be difficult. This software-driven bokeh is picky about lighting (dimly lit environments just don’t work) and subject distance (not too far, but, hey, not too close either).

It can also be difficult to adjust to iOS 10.1 Portrait Mode because the camera angle of view is extremely cropped, tighter than when recording video. Take two steps back from where you normally shoot photos.

This awful persnickety bokeh mode comes through in the end. You can really tell the difference because Portrait Mode saves both the bokeh and non-bokeh photos to your camera roll for a quick comparison.

Courtesy : Techradar