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Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 update fixing Lightning EarPods bug, Photos crashes, app extension issues

Apple on Friday pushed out a minor update for its newly released iOS 10 platform, squashing a handful of bugs for iPhone and iPad users, most notably one related to controls on Lightning-connected headphones.

Although none of the bugs fixed in iOS 10.0.2 were showstoppers, the top one — related to Lightning headphones —  proved to be an annoyance for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus early adopters. The new update can be installed through Software Update within the iOS Settings app, or by connecting an iPhone or iPad to iTunes on a Mac or PC.

According to Apple, iOS 10.0.2 fixes bugs and improves stability. The full list of changes spotlighted by the company are:

  • Addresses an issue that could prevent headphone audio controls from temporarily not working
  • Resolves an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library
  • Fixes an issue that prevented enabling some app extensions

Apple had revealed earlier this week that it was working on a bug related to the Lightning-connected EarPods that ship with the new iPhone 7 series. The issue caused the attached multifunction remote control to intermittently stop functioning.

iOS 10 launched to the public last week in the form of iOS 10.0.1, and the company has already moved on to testing an iOS 10.1 update that will bring a new bokeh "Portrait" mode to the iPhone 7 Plus dual cameras. For more on what's new in Apple's latest mobile operating system, see AppleInsider's ongoing Inside iOS 10 series.