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iOS 9.2 Update Fixes A Long list Of Issues

iOS 9.2 Update

If there is one thing Apple does well it’s keeping their software updated. There have been several updates this week from Apple including Xcode 7.2 and tvOS earlier this week.  The most significant is the iOS 9.2 update.  I almost passed this one up thinking it was a routine update, but when I looked into it further I discovered just how significant this update is. The iOS 9.2 update addresses a long list of issues which is not uncommon in early versions of major upgrades.

Issues Fixed In iOS 9.2 Update

The following list was provided by Apple:

IOS 9.2 

  • 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 catalog
  • A new Top Stories section in News so you can stay up to date with the most important news of the day (available in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia)
  • 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 browse 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 Cyrillic keyboards 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 screenAdding 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)

Security Issues Addressed

In addition, to the above list of fixes there was a significant number of security issues addressed in 9.2 that cover the following areas:

  • Apple Mobile File Integrity
  • AppSandbox
  • CFNetwork HTTPProtocol
  • Compression
  • CoreGraphics
  • CoreMedia Playback
  • dyld
  • GPUTools Framework
  • iBooks
  • ImageIO
  • IOHIDFamily
  • IOKit SCSI
  • Kernel
  • LaunchServices
  • libarchive
  • libc
  • libxml2
  • MobileStorageMounter
  • OpenGL
  • Photos
  • QuickLook
  • Safari
  • Sandbox
  • Security
  • Siri
  • WebKit

Here’s a complete list with descriptions of the security issues addressed in the iOS 9.2 update from Apple.

Nice to know that Apple’s got our backs.

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Carmine Delligatti-Drummer, former Support Manager for Deneba Software, ACD Systems, Mareware, Inc. and Swiss Made Marketing. Avid technology blogger and Managing Editor of Cupertinotimes.com.