iOS 10.2, watchOS 3.1.1, tvOS 10.1 released

Today Apple released updates for their mobile operating systems. Many of us were expecting to see macOS 10.12.2 released alongside these updates, though it seems likely at this point that it will be out at a later date. A reasonable explanation is that Apple needs just a little more time to perfect some software fixes for the new MacBook Pros, as a large number of users have been reporting problems with battery life, graphics problems, heat, and the Touch Bar, all things which could conceivably be fixed with a software patch.

Along with the regular bug fixes and performance improvements there are a few features worth noting:

iOS 10.2

  • A sampling of the new emoji available in iOS 10.2 and macOS 10.12.2
    A sampling of the new emoji available in iOS 10.2 and macOS 10.12.2

    SOS call when you press the power button five times rapidly

  • New emoji and refreshed emoji artwork
  • New wallpaper
  • Send iMessages with “Love” or “Celebration” screen effects
  • Option to preserve camera settings each use
  • New music sorting options
  • Single Sign-on means you can log in once to a supported television provider, and all of your apps are logged in
  • New TV app and widget provides a central location for exploring and tracking TV shows across different sources, replaces the Videos app

watchOS 3.1.1

  • No announced new features

tvOS 10.1

  • Single Sign-On and TV app that were also introduced to iOS 10.2 today

To install the updates:

  • iOS: Tap Settings > General > Software Update.
  • watchOS: First upgrade your iPhone, then on your iPhone tap the Watch app > General > Software Update. This update might take about an hour to install and will require you to leave your Apple Watch on the charger.
  • tvOS: navigate to Settings > System > Software Update.