Apple seeds iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 to developers and public testers

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in iPhone edited January 12
Just days after Apple seeded a third beta version of iOS 10.2.1 to developers, the company on Thursday issued a fourth iteration of the forthcoming operating system for testing.




The latest iOS 10.2.1 beta release, identified as 14D27, arrives just three days after Apple seeded build 14D23 to developers and mere hours after the fourth beta of macOS hit distribution servers.

While specific changes are left unmentioned in today's release notes, the timing and build number suggests only minor bug fixes and improvements are included in the new software.

Apple appears to have returned to its usual beta software release schedule following a holiday break, issuing a third iOS 10.2.1 beta alongside new beta builds for macOS, tvOS, and watchOS on Monday. The company seeded initial beta builds in in mid-December which were followed by second versions on Dec. 20.

Developers who have not already provisioned their iPhone or iPad to receive over-the-air updates can download iOS 10.2.1 through Apple's developer portal. Apple ID owners who enrolled their device to test Apple betas can download today's seed via Apple's Beta Software Program website.

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  • Reply 1 of 10
    update 30mb on my iPad Air2
  • Reply 2 of 10
    10.2.1.pb4 is 32 on my 6s. 

    Yesterdays update pb3 solved much of the lagginess that I'd been experiencing in the camera and safari. 

    I can still see the pixels before they are smoothed out though. 
  • Reply 3 of 10
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 118member
    Any word on battery life?
  • Reply 4 of 10
    I sure hope they have fixed the battery issue that is plaguing so many iPhone users since iOS 10.2 rolled out. The Genius Bars are backed up with iPhone battery issues from 10.2. And they have no idea how to fix them.
  • Reply 5 of 10
    I sure hope they have fixed the battery issue that is plaguing so many iPhone users since iOS 10.2 rolled out. The Genius Bars are backed up with iPhone battery issues from 10.2. And they have no idea how to fix them.
    Yeah. I have experienced the 30% battery issue in my iPhone 6s Plus. Apparently beta 3 already sort it out, but I had it installed so short that I cannot confirm it.
  • Reply 6 of 10
    alexmac said:
    I sure hope they have fixed the battery issue that is plaguing so many iPhone users since iOS 10.2 rolled out. The Genius Bars are backed up with iPhone battery issues from 10.2. And they have no idea how to fix them.
    Yeah. I have experienced the 30% battery issue in my iPhone 6s Plus. Apparently beta 3 already sort it out, but I had it installed so short that I cannot confirm it.
    I would not count on Betas giving the best battery life as they always have more debugging activated so will always use more battery, of course a major problem using up battery can be corrected.
  • Reply 7 of 10
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 3,224member
    I sure hope they have fixed the battery issue that is plaguing so many iPhone users since iOS 10.2 rolled out. The Genius Bars are backed up with iPhone battery issues from 10.2. And they have no idea how to fix them.
    Most of the battery issue seem to be losing track with what charge the battery has. I "fixed" once when it happened by doing a few full recharge-discharge cycles, hasn't come up since.
  • Reply 8 of 10
    Houston TX C LaflinHouston TX C Laflin Posts: 1unconfirmed, member
    I was able to help my battery life by disabling my cellular handoff assist which is found in the settings, cellular and at the very bottom is where you'll see where you can turn it off. I'd be interested in hearing other users experience as my improved battery charge hope may be unrelated.  
  • Reply 9 of 10
    I think it is obvious that these new releases are meant to fix the battery bug Apple discovered when evaluating the CR non-recommendation. 
  • Reply 10 of 10
    macguimacgui Posts: 268member
    foggyhill said:
     I "fixed" once when it happened by doing a few full recharge-discharge cycles, hasn't come up since.
    Apple used to recommend running their devices down until they quit every so often (once a month?), to calibrate the battery life indication with the battery's actual performance. They also stated it was necessary to use 'all' the battery from time to time.

    Li-Ion batteries don't have the internal gassing that Ni-Cads do, so there's no memory effect and no need to run them down. I think Apple may have changed there policy on running the batteries down to 0, as I don't see that advice anymore. 

    I used to do it every six months or so, but stopped. It didn't seem to affect anything, and it just ups the  charge cycle count faster.
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