Apple iOS 10.2.1 Update Is Still Plagued With Problems Days After Its Outing

Jan 30, 2017 04:30 AM EST | Andrew Davis

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iOS users have been anxiously waiting for the release of the latest update. However, when it was finally released, the iOS 10.2.1 update does not carry the solution to the dreadful "30 percent bug." Instead, it also carried with it a few problems of its own. On the bright side, it comes with improved security features and a few bug fixes.

This iOS 10.2.1 update comes a month after the big iOS 10.2 update was launched that drag along a few issues that badly needed fixing. It is still really early since the latest update's outing but a number of problems and issues have surfaced.

Forbes reported that there are 4 major problems with the latest update from the Cupertino-based tech giant. These include, but are not limited to, unreliable Bluetooth connectivity, TouchID issues, and more.

One of the major problems iOS users found after updating their devices is the Bluetooth connections. Among the related issues include excessive battery drain while Bluetooth has been paired and lost connectivity. Although Bluetooth connectivity has long been an issue with iOS devices, this has been resolved with the iOS 10.11.1 update. It seems the problems are back with the iOS 10.2.1 update. The usual tricks of resetting connections, turning the phone on and off, and of course the factory reset did not work, however.

Another problem that made its way through the update is the widely reported broken fingerprint reader. Most reports have been from iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users where there doesn't seem to be any solution despite the logical move of removing and re-adding fingerprint details. But by downgrading to iOS 10.2, the problem is fixed.

Other notable problems with the iOS 10.2.1 update are a broken Wi-Fi, degraded audio performance, abnormal battery drain, lags and crashes, installation problems, and more. The solution to all these is to wait for the next update, which might be in the next 4 to 6 weeks, as the iOS 10.3 is in its beta.

On the bright side of things, the update does bring improved security features which have been detailed in Apple's Support security page. It lists down vulnerabilities of the WebKit, Kernel, and Contacts, which have all been fixed. Further, a bug that could let hackers access briefly the Home Screen on the Activation Locked iPad that was reset has also been addressed, according to ArsTechnica.

While the iOS 10.2.1 update is free for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod users, the hunt and wait for the 30% bug solution is still ongoing. When Apple will finally fix this is yet to be determined. In the meantime, let's wait for the iOS 10.3 because it may or may not carry the solution to the dreadful bug.

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