The main reason for the iOS 10.2 update seems to be enhanced encryption of iTunes backups, especially after a reported weakness in iOS 10, which made password protection of local iTunes backups of your iOS device, 2500 times weaker than that of iOS9. Within days of this discovery, on October 31st, Apple released iOS 10.1, with this iOS 10 security vulnerability patched up.
Now, more than a month after the quick patch-up of security in iOS 10.1, Apple are set to remove this band-aid and deliver an enhanced security update in iOS 10.2.
In iOS 10.2, Apple has encrypted their entire backup database, as well as increasing the processing power required to validate a user’s password. This is achieved by upping the number of iterations needed to get a hold of a user’s original password through encryption.
So from a security point of view, the answer to whether you should update to iOS 10.2 as soon as it comes out is a resounding – YES.
What else will iOS 10.2 have to offer?
As well as providing peace of mind with better security, the beta versions of iOS 10.2 suggest that the following changes will also be made when you an update:
- The introduction of the TV App, which keeps track of the TV shows and movies you’re watching. This app looks set to replace the old Videos app.
- There’s been a lot of changes and additions to emoji’s to make them look more realistic.
- Three new wallpapers for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus have also been added.
- There have also been small changes to the Music and Camera apps, to improve the user experience.
- It is expected that battery drain problems reported in iOS 10.1.1 will be resolved with iOS 10.2.
Overall, we’re really looking forward to the new iOS 10.2 update, however after reports of failed updates when iOS 10 was first released, make sure your files are safe before you update. Our previous blog post provides guidance on how to backup all your iPhone data safely before updating your iPhone. You will find both iTunes and our TouchCopy software helpful in backing up your iOS device on your computer.
We recommend that you wait a few days for the public version of iOS 10.2 to be released, however, if you can’t wait, iOS 10.2 beta 7 is available to the general public now, via Apple’s Beta Software Program.