iOS 8.2 is available for download–should you update your iPad?

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Apple released iOS 8.2 for the iPhone, iPod and iPad this week.  The release notes indicate the bulk of the update is aimed at support for apple Watch and improvements to the Heath App.  In addition, the new software provides increased stability and bug fixes for your iOS devices.  The software update registers in at 565 MB for the iPhone, but on the iPad it is much smaller–a mere 256 MB.

Obviously with the announcement of the Apple Watch these week, the main focus of the update is the interaction between the iPhone and Apple Watch.  In addition, when you update your iPhone an Apple Watch companion app will also be downloaded with the software update that will make it possible to manipulate settings on the new watch as well as personalize the Home screen from your phone.  The Apple Watch is not compatible with the iPad, though, so this is most likely why 8.2 is half the size on your iPad.  As long as your aren’t still rocking a first gen iPad, this update is compatible on your device.

Other additional enhancements in the update not related to Apple Watch still make this update important for iPad users who value improved stability and everyone’s favorite–bug fixes.  Here are some of the notable highlights that affect iPad owners…

Stability Enhancements

  • Increases stability of Mail
  • Improves stability of Flyover in Maps
  • Improves stability of Music
  • Improves VoiceOver reliability

Bug Fixes

  • Fixes an issue in Maps that prevented navigating to some favorite locations
  • Addresses an issue where the last word in a quick reply message wasn’t autocorrected
  • Fixes an issue where duplicate iTunes purchased content could prevent iCloud restore from completing
  • Resolves an issue where some music or playlists didn’t sync from iTunes to the Music app
  • Fixes an issue where deleted audiobooks sometimes remained on the device
  • Fixes a timezone issue where Calendar events appear in GMT
  • Addresses an issue that caused certain events in a custom reoccurring meeting to drop from Exchange calendar
  • Fixes an certificate error that prevented configuring an Exchange account behind a third-party gateway
  • Fixes an issue that could cause an organizer’s Exchange meeting notes to be overwritten
  • Resolves an issue that prevented some Calendar events from automatically showing as “busy” after accepting an invite.

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