The most recent iOS update from Apple is now available worldwide for compatible iPhones. Although iOS 15.2.1 doesn’t include any new features, it does
promise to remedy bugs from earlier versions. The Messages app, HomeKit, and even Apple CarPlay all have issues. Here are the update’s new features and
instructions for installation. Be aware that the update has a hefty download size of almost 1GB, however, this may change depending on the precise model you own.
Apple’s iOS 15.2.1 addresses a problem wherein messages could not load photographs delivered over iCloud links. Additionally, it resolves a problem that
prevented third-party CarPlay apps from responding to inputs.
iOS 15.2 is the first major update to Apple’s software since iOS 15.1, which brought features like FaceTime SharePlay and ProRes support to the iPhone. The iOS 15.2 update now adds features like Macro Control to the iPhone 13 and a new Apple Music tier for all iPhone users.
iOS 15.2.1 Review
Your iPhone will display the shortest iOS 15.2.1 download size if it is currently running iOS 15.2.
The iOS 15.2.1 download is fairly big for iOS 15.2 users. For iPhone 12 Pro users upgrading from iOS 15.1, iOS 15.2.1 is approximately 911MB. Other iPhone models will likely be the same size.
Depending on your iPhone model and the version of iOS it is currently running, iOS 15.2.1 will vary in size. The changes from any iOS upgrades you skipped
are therefore included in your iOS 15.2.1 update, which means that if your iPhone is running an older version of iOS, you’ll see a larger download.
The installation procedure should take less than 10 minutes to complete if you’re upgrading from iOS 15.2. On an iPhone 12 Pro running iOS 15.2, the installation process took around seven minutes.
We’ve been using iOS 15.2.1 on a few iPhone models for several days and here’s what we’ve learned about the software’s performance thus far:
- Battery life is currently stable.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working normally.
- GPS and cellular data are both stable.
- Third-party apps including Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are working fine at the moment.
- First-party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are also stable.
- iOS 15.2.1 feels as fast as iOS 15.2.
Installing iOS 15.2.1 on your iPhone straight away may be a good idea if you’re experiencing bugs or performance issues with iOS 15.2 or an earlier version of iOS.
Please see our reasons for and against installing the most recent version of iOS 15 if you need assistance deciding whether or not to upgrade to iOS 15.2.1.
iOS 15.2.1 Problems
Some iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 owners are experiencing issues as a result of the iOS 15.2.1 update. Some of these issues are brand-new, while others date back to iOS 15.2 and earlier iterations of iOS.
Installation troubles, UI latency, Exchange problems, issues with first- and third-party apps, touchscreen problems, Touch ID and Face ID problems, charging problems, and stuttering are now on the list.
Look over our list of fixes for the most frequent iOS 15 issues if you run into issues with iOS 15.2.1. Additionally, we’ve published some advice that may help you increase the performance of your phone and some advice that may help you address poor battery life on iOS 15.
If iOS 15.2.1 starts to cause issues, you won’t be able to downgrade your iPhone’s software to iOS 15.2.1 since Apple has stopped signing iOS 15.2. Additionally, you cannot downgrade to iOS versions before 15.2.
If you’re using iOS 15.2 or an earlier version and are enjoying it, bear this in mind. You won’t be able to turn back once you upgrade to iOS 15.2.1.
Check out our guide for more information on the downgrading procedure.
How do I download iOS 15.2?
To download the latest update, go to Settings > General > Software Update and select Download and Install. Restart your iPhone once the download is finished to start the installation, and once your phone restarts you’ll be on the latest version of iOS.
iOS 15.2.1 Update: What’s New
Again, iOS 15.2.1 doesn’t have any new features on board. Instead, the software includes bug fixes and a security patch.
Here’s the full iOS 15.2.1 change log:
- Fixes an issue where Messages may not load photos sent using an iCloud Link.
- Fixes an issue where third-party CarPlay apps may not respond to input.
Apple Music Voice Plan
Apple Music Voice Plan, a new subscription tier for Apple Music, was a surprising addition to iOS 15.2. The Voice Plan tier reduces the monthly fee in half,
from $5 (£5, AU$6) to only $5 (£5, AU$6), although it can only be used by speaking to Siri and not manually using the Apple Music app. You won’t have
access to spatial audio or lyrics capabilities, but you will still be able to access the whole Apple Music library.
You can see what you’ve just played thanks to a new feature called Play it Again, which prevents you from Googling the chorus of a song you just heard because you don’t know its title.
Search for Playlists on Apple Music
If you already have Apple Music, iOS 15.2 now enables playlist-based music searching. In order to access the search bar above your playlist image, you must first enter a playlist and scroll down from the top of your screen.
Setup for Secure Communications
Apple eventually unveiled iOS 15.2 with the contentious Messages feature after delaying its release. Parents can enable alerts for kids who receive or send
nudist photographs by using this Messages feature. When kids see these photographs, the warnings also provide them with resources. Although the feature’s
goal has gotten widespread acceptance, privacy experts believe Apple’s tactics are more expensive than they are advantageous.
Macro Mode for Photographs
With an iPhone 13 Pro or Max, users can now capture up-close images and videos in 15.2 using the ultrawide lens on these models. Go to Settings, then
Camera, where you’ll see a toggle labeled Macro Control, to enable it. You ought to notice a flower emblem on your screen while taking a picture if it is toggled
on. When you are near an object, tap the flower icon to activate Macro mode.
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Updates to the Find My feature
Apple’s Find My function has been updated with the most recent version of iOS. According to MacRumors, the update enables you to use the Find My app to
look for “Items that Can Track Me,” which identifies nearby objects like AirTags that can provide location information. The tracking feature on any discovered
devices can then be turned off at your discretion.
Due to the contradicting paths, the upgrade takes on the Find My function, there has been a significant backlash. The upgrade seems to be intended to
provide users more privacy control by blocking unauthorized devices from tracking them. However, it also appears to undermine the purpose of AirTags by
potentially enabling thieves to disable any AirTags on stolen goods.