Apple has released the second public beta version of iOS 10.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Previously only available to registered developers for testing, iOS 10.2 beta includes several upcoming features like a preview of the new TV app, Unicode 9.0 emoji, iPhone 7 wallpapers, and new camera features.
Apple’s public beta program is free to participate in unlike its paid developer program. iOS 10.2 will be released to everyone likely next month, and the public beta allows more users to test pre-release versions of the software update before it’s finalized.
These are the changes discovered in iOS 10.2 beta so far:
- 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 requirementin India next year)
- Music now points to relocated shuffle and repeat controls (which have a button look now)