At a New Year’s gathering over weekend I asked him the same question. Again. He said he’d just upgraded to iOS 10. I said, “iOS 10.2.” He said, “No. I want to wait until all the bugs are removed first.” Anybody see a problem there?
It’s true that nearly every major release of macOS or iOS has bugs. It’s just as true that every incremental increase– say, from iOS 10.0 to iOS 10.1– has bugs. The most recent is iOS 10.2, and sure enough, there are bugs. I don’t know what they are because iOS 10.2 runs well on my iPhone and iPad, but the nature of software is, well, bugs.
Here’s my list of favorite new functions and features that came with iOS 10.2.
Bedtime – think of it as a clock timer for sleeping. Set the time for bed and the number of hours you want to sleep. You’ll get a nice alarm when it’s time to get up. It’s in the Apple Clock app.
Emoji Conversion – Apple still needs a cheatsheet for emoji but this helps. In Messages, type a message, then hit the emoji key. Any comparable emoji in the message you just typed can be viewed.
Bypass Do Not Disturb – I love DND, but there are times when you may want someone to get through the block. Now you can. Just check the Contacts Edit button and set the ringtone or text tone to Emergency Bypass On. Done.
Find My Car – Much needed, long overdue. Park your car. Maps knows where it is. You’ll find the car icon on Maps. Perfect for mall shopping.
Some of these are new and some have been around a few months already, but most iPhone users don’t know about them.
Old Unlock – I don’t mind the new iPhone unlock with Touch ID because it’s ultra fast, but some prefer the pause. iOS 10.2 delivers with Rest Finger To Open in the Settings, General, Accessibility, and Home Button section.
Photo Search – This is decent and a look at things to come. Open Photos, select Memories but search for a particular object– car, house, children, park, birthday. Photos has already figured out what is in each Photo.
Fast Camera – What’s better than fast access to Camera. Raise to View, swipe from right to left. Voila! Camera.
Now, the final word on upgrading from one version of macOS and iOS. There might be some wisdom in waiting a few days to see if major bugs become known, but it’s been years since I’ve bothered to wait before installing a new version of either OS. Unless your business requires a specific app that doesn’t run on the new OS, or an app you know and love and use regularly doesn’t work, upgrades these days are mostly painless. Pity the poor Android users who never see much of an upgrade at all. Ever.