Apple Releases First Public Betas of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 With New Shazam Control Center Options

Apple today seeded the first public betas of upcoming iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 updates to its public beta testing group, a few days after seeding the first betas to developers and a little less than a week after releasing the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates.

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Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program can download the iOS and iPadOS‌ 14.2 updates over the air after installing the proper certificate from the Public Beta website on an iOS device.

iOS 14.2 introduces a new Music Recognition control for the Control Center, deepening the integration of the Apple-owned Shazam app in the iOS operating system. Music Recognition lets you discover music playing around you and it can recognize music playing in apps even when you're wearing AirPods.

The Shazam Music Recognition feature can be added to Control Center through the Control Center options in the Settings app. To use the feature, open up Control Center and then tap on the Shazam icon to initiate a single recognition.

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The new update brings a redesigned Now Playing widget for the Control Center that lists recently played albums that you might want to listen to when you have no music playing. There's also a redesigned interface for AirPlay, making it easier to play music across multiple ‌AirPlay‌ 2-enabled devices in the home.

For those who have low vision, Apple added a "People Detection" feature in the Magnifier app that uses the camera to let iPhone users know how far away other people are, which can be useful for social distancing purposes.

The new iOS 14.2 beta will likely be in testing for some time as Apple works on releasing new iPhones, with the new iPhones expected to debut sometime in October.

Related Roundups: iOS 14, iPadOS 14
Related Forum: iOS 14

Top Rated Comments

jml1982 Avatar
13 months ago
Control center is so frustrating. We need more control of how we want to lay it out. Like Home Kit constantly changes where the buttons are trying to guess what you're going to turn on. I just want it to be in exactly the same spot, so it becomes a habit! Looking for it every time is frustrating.
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dcruszkowski Avatar
13 months ago
Be careful. Developer Beta wiped out the functionality of the Oxygen Sensor, ECG, Altimeter from the Apple Watch Series 6 on Friday. Not sure if that will be addressed in the Public Beta.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Alan Gordon Avatar
13 months ago
My iPhone 11 isn't showing the update OTA. :confused:
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town3r Avatar
13 months ago
General
Known Issues

* iPhone XR, iPhone 11, and iPad (8th generation) are not supported in iOS & iPadOS 14.2 beta at this time. Support will be added soon.

iOS & iPadOS 14.2 Beta Release Notes ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/ios-ipados-release-notes/ios-ipados-14_2-beta-release-notes')
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HQuest Avatar
13 months ago

Be careful. Developer Beta wiped out the functionality of the Oxygen Sensor, ECG, Altimeter from the Apple Watch Series 6 on Friday. Not sure if that will be addressed in the Public Beta.
The release notes for the watchOS developer beta mentions the blood oxygen not being available on this release.
However the release notes for the iOS developer beta makes no mention about the blood oxygen counterpart on the Health app, and yet, it is not available if paired with the GM code on the watch.

It seems, however, this is standard behavior: all newest features introduced with new hardware on the Apple Watch were unavailable on the first beta code after the GM of the new OS.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Permanent Sigh Avatar
13 months ago

So today I got the Series 6 (watchOS 7.0) but on the iPhone I already installed the 14.2.

Only the oxygen app is not working, as the option is missing from the Watch app.

Is there any way of downgrading to iOS 14.0?
Set the phone to restore mode and wipe it with 14.0. Hope you made a decent backup of your phone with 14.0 before you installed 14.2.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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