Apple has recently seeded the first beta of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 updates to developers, just one day after releasing the iOS 14 publically and a few hours after hinting at the iOS 14.2 beta in an Xcode beta update.
In addition to iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2, Apple has also released the first developer betas of tvOS 14.2 and watchOS 7.1. Earlier today, the company released macOS Big Sur beta 7 and an update for Xcode 12.2 beta that included references to iOS 14.2 and other updates.
Apple releases first beta of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2
For the moment, the iOS 14.2 update is available exclusively through the Apple Developer portal, so those who prefer to install new versions of iOS through the Over-The-Air system will have to wait a bit longer.
“This version is intended exclusively for software developers to test their apps and start adopting the new technologies in iOS. Make sure to back up your device and install only on systems you are prepared to erase if necessary.”
One of the new changes in iOS 14.2 is a brand new Shazam toggle that can be added to Control Center. To add the new Shazam music recognition toggle to Control Center, open the Settings app, choose “Control Center,” then look for Shazam beneath the “More Controls” header. Then, add the Shazam toggle and rearrange. Additionally, Music controls in Control Center got a redesign, complete with music recommendations that appear when nothing is being played. The Watch app icon has also been refreshed.
Also included in the beta is a new accessibility option called “People Detection” that, when activated, allows users to open a Magnifier to determine the distance to a nearby person.
Previous rumors have suggested that iPhone 12 will be released next month with iOS 14.1, as iOS 14.0 is now available to all users. However, this suggests that iOS 14.1 might arrive prior to the upcoming iPhones, which could be shipped with iOS 14.2 instead of 14.1.
Registered developers can easily update their devices on the latest iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 beta via the Settings app > General > Software update. Since the software is more likely not stable in the beta phase and can lead to issues like data loss, it is advised to install them on secondary devices.