It took six weeks for Apple to roll out iOS 9.2 and the update comes with several major improvements over iOS 9.1, mainly in most-used apps such as Apple Music, Apple News, Mail, Safari, and Podcasts. The most crucial updates are highlighted below.
Screen grab from iOS 9.2 update info.
Apple News gets 'Top Stories'
The News App on iOS automatically delivers curated news content to you based on your preferences. In iOS 9.2, the News App gets a new feature called 'Top Stories'. The new section is designed in a manner "so you can stay up to date with the most important news of the day", according to Apple. Top Stories will be displayed based on the content selected by the Apple News editorial team.
It is not clear as to the number of time Top Stories will be published within a span of 24 hours, but according to Apple blogging sites like MacRumors.com, it is expected to be published twice a day.
Revamped Apple Music
Apple Music gets a lot of under-the-hood changes in iOS 9.2. "You can now create a new playlist when adding a song to a playlist," according to Apple, with the playlist having the most recent changes getting listed at the top. Got an album on iCloud that you really want to listen to? Apple Music now provides the option of downloading albums or playlists from your iCloud Music Library by tapping on the iCloud download button.
A new 'download indicator' has been included to keep you informed about your latest downloads. Additionally, there have been improvements in Classical music section to enable you to go through works, composers and performers within the Apple Music catalogue.
Other significant changes
- Mail Drop in Mail for attaching and sending large files
- iBooks now supports 3D Touch for compatible iPhone models
- Safari gets improved stability
- iPhone support for USB Camera Adapter for easy import of photos and videos