iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 RC Released

Release Candidates versions for the iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 are now available for public beta testers and developers. Apple seeds the RC versions about ten days after the fourth beta version. Developers may go to the Apple Developer Center to download the RC versions of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2. With proper installation of developer profile, you can perform the over-the-air update. Public beta testers require proper certificate before they can download the RC updates. These versions should fix known bugs in previous betas. Here are features that you can expect from the new iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 updates.

New Emojis

iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 add many new Emoji characters. They include ninja, smiling face with tear, anatomical heart, pinched fingers, mammoth, black cat, dodo, polar bear, bubble tea, tamale, bell pepper, hut, feather, wand, plunger, pinata and potted plant.

Improved Control Center

Music Recognition is now available in the Control Center. Shazam app can integrate well with the Music Integration. It will be easier to discover your favourite music. If you wear AirPods, the feature can automatically recognize any music. You can add the Shazam Music Recognition to the Control Center. To do this, you need to go Settings and then the Control Center options. Open Control Center first if you want to use this feature. To start the recognition process, you can tap the Shazam icon.

For your convenience, Siri can also start the Shazam app for you through verbal commands. It means, you can easily access the music recognition tool as well. The Control Center also gets the a refreshed Now Playing widget. It is useful for accessing your recently played songs. If you want to listen to some songs again, you can tap the associated album. AirPlay gets a new interface as well. With this update, you can easily play with other devices that support AirPlay 2.

People Detection for Magnifier

The new People Detection feature in the Magnifier app should be helpful for people with visual impairment. With the camera, the iPhone can tell user who the person is. It is also useful for people with normal vision who want to maintain physical distancing. This feature is available for the 4th gen iPad Pro, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. When someone is close to your device, it will send notifications. The real time haptic, visual and audible feedback can tell you about the distance of the person.

Intercom for HomePod

With the new iOS 14.2 update, you can use HomePod as an intercom. It is quite convenient because you can connect with people who have compatible devices. It should work well in home or in office between co-workers. Users can send and receive verbal messages. They can play your messages through iPhone, iPad, AirPods, CarPlay, Apple Watch and HomePod speakers. You can activate this feature easily by saying the “Hey Siri, Intercom” command. You can even use this feature when family members are not at home. For better privacy, you can choose specific HomePod-capable device. Alternatively, you may broadcast a message to everyone with paired devices. HomePod can also connect to Apple TV for Dolby Atmos and surround sound audio.

With the iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2, users can also get support of Leather Sleeve with Magsafe for iPhone 12. AirPods will have better battery charging operation to prevent accelerated battery aging. When the audio level could impair your hearing, there will be notifications before you use the AirPods. AirPlay can now control the entertainment streaming inside your home.  Bug fixes will include photo widgets that now display content, camera viewfinder will no longer appear black, weather widget can now properly show Celsius or Fahrenheit, Lock Screen keyboard is more reliable and Voice Memos can now continue to work although there’s incoming calls.

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