iOS 10.2: Top Anticipated Features

November 18, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

There’s still a few days left before we get our hands on the new iOS version for iPhones and iPads; the iOS 10.2. But continuous rollout of the beta version means that we have been given a glimpse of what to expect in the upcoming major update for the OS. Listed below are some of the features which we can expect in the stable version coming out next month, based on the second beta version and recently launched third beta version.

New Emojis

Apple’s OS updates are always intriguing in terms of emoji addition, as it’s always the first place where we get to view the new emojis. With this time around, Apple is introducing 72 new emojis to the list, and it includes some interesting emojis like nauseated, sneezing and lying face, Mrs. Claus, ROFL, pregnant women, facepalm, man dancing, and obviously the shrugging pose (¯\_(ツ)_/¯).

The entire list can be viewed here.



Apple’s SOS dialing feature was first introduced in Apple Watch, and now it’s getting carried forward to iPhones and iPads. With this, people can make emergency calls by taping the on/off button five times, which will initiate the call after a delay of three seconds.

The feature will be made available initially only in India as part of testing, and will be expanded to thirteen more countries later on. They include Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, the UK and the US.

TV App

With the latest beta version, Apple is completely replacing the Video app with the new TV app, which will serve as the TV and video hub in your iOS devices from now on. The third beta of the iOS 10.2 now also replaces the Video widget with a new TV widget. Countries outside the US still feature the video app in the beta versions.

Preserved camera settings

Users will no longer be welcomed with the default settings in their camera app, as iOS 10.2 brings in the option to preserve their desired settings. This will let users open their camera app with pre-set modes, filters and more. The settings can be tweaked under Photos and Camera in settings app.

Messages Screen Filter

iOS 10.2 will add a new Celebration screen filter in the Messages app, which can be accessed by using 3D Touch over the arrow on chat bubble. The sparkler animation is also accompanied by haptic feedback. Besides, there will also be a new “Send With Love” screen effect that will add heart along with a tet message.

The latest beta of iOS 10.2 also adds three new wallpapers, and other new options like new ‘Press and Hold to Speak’ menu under Home Button Accessibility settings and the ‘Show Star Ratings’ option under Music Settings. iOS 10.2 is expected to be released during the early weeks of December.

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