iOS 10.2.1 Update for iPad: What you should know

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It has been a long time since iOS 10 was made available for various Apple devices. Apple continues to add little improvements and bug fixes to the OS every now and then. Recently, Apple released iOS 10.2.1 for its devices.

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iOS 10.2.1 is now available for all the iPads that support iOS 10. Although iOS 10.2.1 for iPad is not a very big update, it is important and brings tons of security patches and bug fixes.

If you are coming from a firmware that was released before iOS 10.2, your update might be significantly bigger. So, you should allot appropriate time to update your iPad to iOS 10.2.1 update for iPad.

In this article, we take a look at the iOS 10.2.1 update for iPad, the security patches and improvements it brings. Additionally, we will also discuss the problems in iOS 10.2.1 update for iPad and the potential solutions.

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Performance of iOS 10.2 Update on iPad

Having installed and used iOS 10.2.1 on various iPad models, we can say that the update does not bring any weird problems associated with the OS.

Battery life continues to be normal – there haven’t been any battery drains. If you start experiencing abnormal battery drain, we recommend you to give your device a few days to settle into the update. Once the update is fully functional on the device, you will stop experiencing the battery drain.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on iOS 10.2.1 update for iPad are also performing well. There haven’t been any kind of random disconnections or other connectivity problems. We have tested the iOS 10.2.1 update for iPad with several routers. Cellular data is also working fine.

As far as UI issues are concerned, you might face some problems if you install iOS 10.2.1 update for iPad on an older model of iPad. The newer iPad models that we tested did not seem to have any issues with the update.

However, the older iPads such as the original iPad Air and iPad Mini are showing a few dropped frames here and there. Opening folders and apps, and firing up the control center are showing lag in the UI on older models of iPad.

If you own an older model of iPad and having a smooth experience with the already installed firmware, make sure to give this update some serious thought. iOS 10.2.1 update for iPad brings significant security improvements, but it might adversely affect the performance of your device.

Steps to take before installing iOS 10.2.1 on iPad

There are a few steps you should take before you install iOS 10.2.1 update for iPad. These steps will ensure that you don’t have to face problems that can be avoided.

There is no way to know what kind of problems you will run into once you install iOS 10.2.1 update for iPad. However, taking these steps will ensure that you face minimum losses.

Take a look at our guide of steps to take before installing any major update. Even if you skip a few steps, make sure that you fully back up your device before updating your iPad to iOS 10.2.1.

Problems with iPad iOS 10.2.1 Update

Although it hasn’t been a very long time since the release of iOS 10.2.1 update for iPad, numerous users have started reporting problems already. The silver lining is that none of the problems that have cropped up seem to be affecting a significant number of people. Most of the problems are isolated.

Note that users of both new and old models of iPad have been reporting problems. These include users of iPad Pro, iPad Mini and iPad Air.

Most of the reported problems are related to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and battery. Numerous users are reporting abnormal battery drain on their devices. Best thing to do at the moment is to be prepared for the worst case scenario. This is why you should take some precautionary steps before installing iOS 10.2.1 update for iPad.

Fixes for iOS 10.2.1 Problems

It is very unlikely that you will run into problems in the iOS 10.2.1 update for iPad on your device. However, if you do, the solution won’t be too hard to find.

The first step you should take is google the problem you are facing the follow the most appropriate step suggested. Additionally, you can also look for a solution on Apple’s Discussion Forums or MacRumors Forums. YouTube is another good source for solutions to persisting problems.

Downgrading to iOS 10.2 from iOS 10.2.1

As of right now, it is possible to downgrade from iOS 10.2.1 to iOS 10.2. However, that windows will close pretty soon.

If you think that you have been facing a lot of problems on your iPad after installing the iOS 10.2.1 update for iPad, one fool proof solution is to downgrade from iOS 10.2.1 to iOS 10.2

For more details, check out this article.