Apple has released the sixth developer and public beta version of iOS 10.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.2 includes several upcoming features like new Unicode 9.0 emoji, three new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus wallpapers, a new TV app, additional camera features, new Messages screen effects, and more.
iOS 10.2 will be released to everyone likely sometime this month, and a free public beta program is available for non-developers.
These are the changes discovered so far in iOS 10.2 beta:
- Three new wallpapers in iOS 10.2 beta (only for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus)
- New widget for Videos app
- New Preserve Camera setting
- New emoji (looks like Unicode 9.0 update/also on macOS 10.12.2, watchOS 3.1.1)
- New ‘Press and Hold to Speak’ menu under Home Button Accessibility settings
- New ‘Celebration’ Messages screen effect
- New ‘Show Star Ratings’ option under Music Settings
- New headphone icon in status bar for Bluetooth audio devices (previously seen with the Beats Solo3)
- TV app now included on iOS 10.2 beta, Videos app still present
- TV widget joins Videos widget
- SOS feature similar to Apple Watch when clicking power button 5x (which may be a requirement in India next year)
- Music now points to relocated shuffle and repeat controls (which have a button look now)
- TV app totally replaces Videos app on beta 3
- Feedback app returns in beta 3
- Previously seen SOS feature now only available in India (due to upcoming requirement)
- New ‘Love’ screen effect joins ‘Celebration’ in Messages
iOS 10.2 beta also includes early hooks for Apple’s new Single Sign-On feature with a new Settings panel called TV Provider:
Refresh for updates as we check iOS 10.2 beta 6 for new changes.
- More single sign-on TV providers — full list currently includes CenturyLink Prism, DIRECTV, Dish, GTA, Hawaiian Telcom, Hotwire, and Sling TV.
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