Apple Updates are out! But are they worth it?

Apple today released iOS Update 9.3.2, but if you’re about to update your iPad Pro, stop.

iOS 9.3.2 is causing problems for some 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners, with many owners reporting issues shortly after installing the update over the air. Affected users are seeing an “Error 56” message that instructs them to plug their devices into iTunes. Connecting to iTunes does nothing, the device is locked and forced reboots only return it the same state. Error 56, according to Apple’s code guide, is loosely described as a “hardware issue”, which doesn’t sound like a credible explanation.

The iOS 9.3.2 update is available for all devices that support iOS 9, which includes the iPhone 4S and above, the iPad 2 and above, every iPad mini, every iPad Pro and generation 5 and above iPod Touch devices. The iOS 9.3.2 update size appears to be roughly between 80MB and 100MB depending on your device and wireless carrier. You can download the update from the Settings app under General > Software Update. Or you can connect your iOS device to iTunes on your Mac or PC and the update notification should appear.

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Apple has also released an Apple Watch update, 2.2.1.  The update comes nearly two months after the public release of watchOS 2.2, a major update to the watchOS 2 operating system that introduced multi-watch support for iPhone, Maps improvements, and other features.

watchOS 2.2.1 is a minor update, and during the beta testing period, no outward-facing changes or obvious bug fixes were discovered. According to Apple’s release notes, watchOS 2.2.1 fixes the following problems:

This release contains bug fixes and security updates.

Since releasing watchOS 2 in September of 2015, Apple has provided Apple Watch owners with four updates in total, including watchOS 2.0.1, 2.1, 2.2, and today’s watchOS 2.2.1 update.

The 2.2.1 update can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –-> Software Update. To install the update, the Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone.

In my opinion, it may be worthwhile to wait a week or two to see how things play out before updating your iPad Pro. Other devices are probably fine to update although you won’t notice very many enhancements.

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