Thursday, 10 December 2015 01:59

Apple launches iOS 9.2, Mac OS X 10.11.2, tvOS 9.1

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A host of new OS updates from Apple has arrived, ready to squish bugs, deliver new features and make things even crunchier!

It’s gadget update time for Apple device owners, with OS updates for your iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches, Macs of all kinds and updates for the new fourth-gen Apple TV.

A bug that was reportedly causing the iPad Pro to hang after being charged overnight is said to be squished with iOS 9.2.

Meanwhile, iOS 9.2 itself has a host of other updates, fixes and features, from improvements to Apple Music, Apple News, iPhone support for USB camera to Lightning port adapters to import photos and more (all listed below).

Depending on your iDevice, the update appears to be 200 to 300MB in size for OTA (over the air) updates.

For Mac OS X 10.11.2, the update list is shorter, but still significant:

  • Improves Wi-Fi reliability
  • Improves the reliability of Handoff and AirDrop
  • Fixes an issue that may cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Mail from deleting messages in an offline Exchange account
  • Fixes an issue that prevented importing photos from an iPhone to a Mac using a USB cable
  • Improves iCloud Photo Sharing for Live Photos

In tvOS 9.1, users now have the ability to search for music by voice, and in Apple Music, to ask Siri to play a genre of music. You can also use the iOS remote app.

The full list of iOS 9.2 improvements is below, please read on:

iOS 9.2 is now available to download from the Software Update section of the iOS Settings app. According to Apple, the update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Apple Music improvements:
  • You can now create a new playlist when adding a song to a playlist
  • Your most recently changed playlist is now listed at the top when adding songs to playlists
  • Download albums or playlists from your iCloud Music Library by tapping the iCloud download button
  • See which songs have been downloaded with the new download indicator next to each song in My Music and Playlists
  • See works, composers and performers while browsing Classical music in the Apple Music catelog
  • A new Top Stories section in News so you can stay up to date with the most important news of the day
  • Mail Drop in Mail for sending large attachments
  • iBooks now supports 3D Touch to peek and pop pages from the table of contents, your notes and bookmarks, or from search results inside a book
  • iBooks now supports listening to an audiobook while you browser your library, read other books, or explore the iBooks Store
  • iPhone support for the USB Camera Adapter to import photos and videos
  • Improved stability of Safari
  • Improved stability of Podcasts
  • Fixing an issue that caused mail attachments to be inaccessible for some users with POP email accounts
  • Resolving an issue for some users that caused attachments to overlap text in mail
  • Fixing an issue where Live Photos could have turned off after restoring from a previous iCloud backup
  • Addressing an issue that could cause search in Contacts to display no results
  • Resolving an issue that could have prevented Calendar from displaying all seven days in week view
  • Fixing an issue where Camera screen on iPad could be black when attempting to capture video
  • Addressing an issue that could cause instability in the Activity app when viewing the day of Daylight Savings Time transition
  • Fixing an issue that could prevent data from appearing in Health
  • Fixing an issue that could prevent Wallet updates and Lock screen alerts from displaying
  • Addressing an issue where updating iOS could prevent an alarm from going off
  • Fixing an issue where some users were unable to login to Find my iPhone
  • Fixing an issue that prevented some manual iCloud Backups from completing
  • Addressing an issue where using the iPad keyboard could unintentionally trigger text selection mode
  • Improved keyboard responsiveness when using Quick Reply
  • Improved punctuation input on the 10-key Chinese (Pinyin & Stroke) keyboards with new expanded view of punctuation symbols and better predictions
  • Fixing an issue on Cyrllic keyboard where caps lock would be enabled when typing in URL or email fields
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Fixing issues with VoiceOver when using Camera face detection
  • Adding support for VoiceOver to wake up the screen
  • Adding support for VoiceOver to invoke app switcher with 3D Touch gesture
  • Fixing an issue with Guided Access when trying to end phone calls
  • Improved functionality for Switch Control users when using 3D Touch
  • Fixing an issue with speech rate of Speak Screen
  • Siri support for Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates)

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