Apple Kills Videos App, Brings Star Ratings Back to Music in iOS 10.2 Update

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Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., speaks during an event at the company's headquarters on Oct. 27, 2016 Cupertino, Calif.

A new TV app and a whole mess of emoji are the primary focus of Apple's latest update to its mobile operating system. On Monday, the company shipped iOS 10.2, the second refresh since iOS 10 was unveiled in September. 

Gone from your device(s) is the old "Videos" app, replaced with "TV" (if you live in the U.S., that is), which Apple describes as "a new and unified experience for accessing your TV shows and movies across multiple video apps." What that means is, the app can handle playback of movies/TV that you purchase from both iTunes and compatible third-party apps. That also includes streaming content, although Netflix is not yet compatible with "TV."

Apple also redesigned its emoji to "reveal even more detail" and included over 100 new ones to pore over, including new professions like an artist, an astronaut and a farmer. And, just in time for Inauguration Day, there's a handy facepalm, a shrug and a lying liar face sporting a Pinocchio nose (Emojipedia has you covered).

As for the Music app, you can now swipe up while listening to a track to more easily access the shuffle, repeat and up next functions. The music Library has also made it easier to sort your playlists, albums and songs. Not included in its patch notes for the update is the return of star ratings in the action sheets for songs. Star ratings, which were dropped for iOS 10, can be turned back on in your main Settings menu, under Music. Once activated, you can rate songs to your heart's content by clicking the Share Screen while listening to any given track. 

The new iOS is now available for the iPhone 5 and later, iPad third generation and later, and even for iPod Touch sixth generation and later.

​See the full release notes below:

iOS 10.2

TV

Use Up Next to see the movies and shows you’re currently watching and pick up where you left off

Get recommendations for new movies and TV shows in Watch Now

Discover new apps and the latest iTunes releases in the Store

Access the Library for your iTunes purchases and rentals

Emoji

Beautifully redesigned emoji that reveal even more detail

Over 100 new emoji including new faces, food, animals, sports, and professions

Photos

Improves stabilization and delivers faster frame rate for Live Photos

Improves accuracy of groupings of similar photos of the same person in the People album

Fixes an issue where Memories might generate a memory from photos of screenshots, whiteboards or receipts

Fixes an issue where the camera would stay zoomed in after switching back from the Camera Roll on iPhone 7 Plus

Additional support for RAW digital cameras

Messages

Adds new love and celebration full screen effects in Messages

Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented the keyboard from displaying in Messages

Music

Swipe up the Now Playing screen to more easily access Shuffle, Repeat and Up Next

Choose how to sort Playlists, Albums, and Songs in Library

News

Stories you’ve saved for later now appear the new Saved section

The best paid stories from channels you subscribe to will now appear in a dedicated section in For You

It’s now easier than ever to get to the next story, just swipe left or tap Next Story while reading

Mail

Fixes an issue that caused the Move sheet to persist after filing a Mail message

Addresses an issue with long press activating copy and paste in Mail

Fixes an issue in which the wrong message would be selected after deleting a Mail conversation

Accessibility

Adds BraillePen14 support to VoiceOver

Fixes an issue where the braille table could switch unexpectedly with VoiceOver

Fixes an issue where sometimes Siri enhanced voices were unavailable to VoiceOver

Fixes an issue where VoiceOver users could not re-order items in lists

Fixes an issue where Switch Control was sometimes unable to delete Voicemails

Other improvements and fixes

Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories including window coverings, occupancy, motion, door/window, smoke, carbon monoxide, and water leak sensors

Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories when software updates are available to HomeKit accessories

Improves Bluetooth performance and connectivity with 3rd party accessories

Fixes an issue that could cause FaceTime participants to appear out of focus

Fixes an issue that could cause FaceTime calls to appear with incorrect aspect ratio and orientation

Fixes an issue that prevented some Visual Voicemail from completing playback

Fixes a Safari Reader issue that could cause articles to open as empty pages

Fixes an issue that could cause Safari to quit unexpectedly after marking an item as read in Reading List


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