Apple has released the seventh developer and public beta version of iOS 10.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch — the second developer and public beta this week. 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.
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iOS 10.2 will be released to everyone likely sometime next week, 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
- More single sign-on TV providers — full list currently includes CenturyLink Prism, DIRECTV, Dish, GTA, Hawaiian Telcom, Hotwire, and Sling TV.
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 7 for new changes.