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Apple launches iOS 10.2 with new emoji, new TV app, new wallpapers and more

iOS 10.2 download now available

Less than a week after rolling out the seventh (and final) beta for iOS 10.2, Apple has finally released the final version of the update to the public. As you know if you’ve been keeping track of the betas, iOS 10.2 brings new emoji, new wallpapers, new screen effects and a new TV app to the mobile platform.

Apple pushed out the first developer beta for iOS 10.2 on October 31st. That beta featured the new Unicode 9.0 emoji, a widget for the Videos app and three new wallpapers. Other than that, it was fairly unexciting.

In subsequent betas, Apple added the TV app (originally unveiled during the MacBook Pro event), new screen effects in the Messages app and an Emergency SOS feature that will call 911 in an instant. Last month, we put together a feature covering our five favorite additions in iOS 10.2, in case you missed it.

For many, the TV app will be the most substantial addition of iOS 10.2. As Apple explained back in October, the TV app offers “a unified experience for discovering and accessing TV shows and movies from multiple apps on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad.” If you’re tired of jumping between apps, this is your way out.

If you want to update your iOS device to iOS 10.2 immediately, you can do so by heading to Settings > General > Software Update and tapping “Download and Install” at the bottom of the page. As always, you can also apply the update through iTunes, though, fair warning, that does require you to use iTunes.

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.