What’s New in iOS 10.2 Beta 1

iOS 10 Release Notes

Earlier today, Apple seeded the first developer beta of iOS 10.2, another noteworthy update to the company’s mobile operating system.

This update does not hold a specific tentpole feature like iOS 10.1 did with its Portrait Mode for the iPhone 7 Plus, but instead adds a few new features across the board, including support for new emoji, as well as a brand new screen effect, and more. The new software is available now for developers, but a public beta for those interested should arrive later this week. The public release of iOS 10.2 might not arrive for several weeks, though.

So, here’s what’s new:

Videos Widget:


There is a brand new widget for the stock Videos app, which is accessible by swiping to the right from the lock screen or the Home screen. The widget shows the available TV shows and movies the iOS user has access to, and selecting one of those options will launch the Videos app and begin playing the content.

Apple Music:

There are new options to sort music within the Apple Music app, including by recently added, type, and title. Songs can now be sorted by artist and albums as well.

Emergency Contact Notifications:

When activating the Emergency SOS feature within iOS or watchOS, designated emergency contacts will also be notified.

Preserve Camera Settings:

With this feature, users can preserve their last selected camera settings in the stock app, including the ability to preserve Mode, Live Photo, or Filter.

Screen Effects:


There is a brand new “Celebrate” screen effect found within the Messages app.



There are new emoji available, as well as some major redesigns to previously existing options. The new variety include avocado, shark, owl, croissant, pancake, selfie, drooling face, and more than a hundred new options. Profession emoji are part of the mix as well, for both males and females.

Are you looking forward to iOS 10.2’s arrival later this year?

[images via MacRumors]