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You can download Apple’s first new public iOS release of 2016 right now

Published Jan 19th, 2016 1:16PM EST
iOS 9.2.1 Download
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iOS 9.3 might be the talk of the town right now thanks to new features like Night Shade and a slew of useful new 3D Touch shortcuts, but for the time being it’s only available to developers. And to public beta testers. And to anyone who feels like installing it, since Apple no longer actively restricts iOS beta installations.

The last true public iOS release was iOS 9.2 back in December 2015 though, and the company had yet to release a new version of its popular mobile software in 2016… until now.

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Apple on Tuesday released iOS 9.2.1, the first new iOS update of the new year that has been made available to the public. That’s the good news. The somewhat less exciting news is that this new release is aimed at squashing bugs and making other optimizations, so you won’t really find any new features to speak of. “This update contains security updates and bug fixes including a fix for an issue that could prevent the completion of app installation when using an MDM server,” Apple said in its brief release note.

All the same, each new release means smoother performance and fewer bugs, so you should definitely install iOS 9.2.1 as soon as you can.

The new iOS software is available as an over the air (OTA) update and it can also be downloaded through iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC. Compatible devices include the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad Pro, iPad Air 1-2, iPad 2-4, iPad mini 1-4, and iPod touch 5-6.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.