Apple has now officially released iOS 10.2, bringing over a number of improvements alongside significant new additions, chief of which is the new TV app, poised to simplify video streaming in iOS by bundling all streaming services in a centralized location. But the new TV is just part of the iOS 10.2 parcel, and there are plenty more changes in the new software update to rave about.
For those who still haven't installed the new software, Tech Times has a handy guide that'll take users step-by-step. But before that, let's take a look at the best features on iOS 10.2.
The New TV App
The aforementioned TV app is possibly the biggest addition to iOS 10.2. Essentially a companion app geared for video streaming, the new TV app pulls all listings from video streaming services, save for Netflix, and recommends what to watch based on popularity and viewing history. From the app, users can select what they want to watch and the corresponding app will automatically open, starting the stream.
It's not exactly revolutionary by any means, but it does eliminate the cumbersome task of shifting to one video streaming service after another in search of a particular film or TV series. Netflix's absence could be an appalling deal-breaker, though, and Apple hopefully finds a way to make up for the loss.
iOS 10.2 brings 104 new emoji, diversifying the breadth of the emoji library with the addition of pancakes, a person doing a cartwheel, and even wrestlers ready to plough. The huge selection simply proves that there's an appropriate emoji fit for every situation in the human experience.
Cable TV Single Sign-On
This is a big feature for those with cable subscriptions, provided that it supports Apple's single sign-on feature. Done are annoying and repetitive sign-ons, since this new feature saves log in credentials so entering them again next time won't be necessary. Users may enter and save log in details in the Settings app, under "TV Provider," so compatible apps can pull the data from it, thereby removing the need to enter the same details for a new app each time.
Preserve Camera Settings
Photographers will marvel at this new feature, which allows users to set defaults for the camera app, doing away with fumbling with camera settings each time a user opens the shooter. To tinker with this new feature, head over to Settings > Photos & Camera > Preserve Settings and choose accordingly.
Screen Effects For Messages
Stickers in Apple's iMessage app isn't new, but the addition of screen effects is still a nice little visual treat. With iOS 10.2, Apple has added two screen effects — one called "love" which sends a sizable heart along with a message; and one called "celebration," which crowds the screen with sparklers. These are minor visual additions, sure, but at a time when SMS is greatly lagging behind, screen effects, alongside stickers, add a dynamic layer to modern forms of communication.
iOS 10.2 is out now for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The new software update is also available for iPhone 5 devices and up. Those with fourth-generation iPads and up or sixth-generation iPod touch devices and up will also be eligible for the new update.
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