Apple Releases Third Betas of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third betas of upcoming iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 updates to developers, two weeks after seeding the second betas and a month after releasing the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates.

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iOS and iPadOS 14.2 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper developer profile has been installed.

Apple in iOS and iPadOS 14.2 is adding new Emoji 13 emoji characters, with options that include smiling face with tear, ninja, pinched fingers, anatomical heart, black cat, mammoth, polar bear, dodo, fly, bell pepper, tamale, bubble tea, potted plant, piñata, plunger, wand, feather, hut, and more, with a full list available here.

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The iOS 14.2 update also brings a new Music Recognition control for the Control Center, which enhances 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.

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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. While Apple devices have been able to use Shazam through Siri or the Shazam app for some time, the Control Center option makes it easier to get to the music recognition tool.


The new update also includes a redesigned Now Playing widget for the Control Center, which lists recently played albums that you might want to tap into and 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.

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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.

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For the Apple Watch app on the ‌iPhone‌, Apple tweaked the design slightly, updating the watch with one of the new Solo Loop Apple Watch bands.

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For Apple Card users, the iOS 14.2 update adds a yearly spending history option so ‌Apple Card‌ holders can see how much they've spent in the current calendar year and how much Daily Cash they've earned. Prior to iOS 14.2, ‌Apple Card‌ offered spending activity information in a weekly or monthly summary.

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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

Top Rated Comments

markfc Avatar
13 weeks ago
Tell me this fixes the health app and sorts the missing health data...
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
B_ctrim Avatar
13 weeks ago


Updated and see intercom for my homepods on beta but doesn’t work just yet
settings are in home app.
also got prompted to “use HomePod pair as home theater” I dont remember that one.

My Siri is not working to control the home after this beta.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dannyyankou Avatar
13 weeks ago
Thank god, I'm having so many issues with beta 2.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dillacom Avatar
13 weeks ago
Updated and see intercom for my homepods on beta but doesn’t work just yet
settings are in home app.
also got prompted to “use HomePod pair as home theater” I dont remember that one.

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Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
adrianlondon Avatar
13 weeks ago


My Siri is not working to control the home after this beta.

Same. Feedback logged, although (for me) Apple have reverted to iOS 13 ways of working and aren't reading them any more.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tosbsas Avatar
13 weeks ago
hopefully that makes my battery last again
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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