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Enlarge / The iPhone 12, which runs iOS 14, and now (do you have to select to replace) iOS 14.2.

Samuel Axon

In the present day, Apple started rolling out iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, tvOS 14.2, and watchOS 7.1 for supported units. The final replace to iOS and iPadOS was iOS 14.1 on October 22.

The brand new variations of iOS and iPadOS add 100 new emoji, which embrace “animals, meals, faces, family objects, musical devices, gender-inclusive emoji, and extra,” based on the discharge notes. iPhones and iPads acquired a brand new Shazam button within the management middle. Shazam, which Apple acquired simply over two years in the past, identifies songs algorithmically by listening to them with the microphones within the units. Earlier than the acquisition, it was additionally used as a type of audio QR code for advertising and marketing activations throughout TV commercials and the like.

There are additionally some AirPods-related modifications, together with variable battery charging to protect battery longevity (one thing Apple has already carried out in different units) and notifications that allow you to know when your quantity stage is excessive sufficient to trigger listening to injury. Apple promised this with iOS 14 when it initially launched.

Lastly, there are eight new wallpapers (for darkish and light-weight mode, every), new HomePod options and optimizations, and a ton of bug fixes and different minor options and modifications.

An replace for Apple Watches—watchOS 7.1—additionally accompanies at present’s iOS and iPadOS releases. It provides help for extra well being monitoring options in Russia and Korea, introduces the identical headphone quantity notification as in iOS/iPadOS, and fixes a few bugs.

Listed below are Apple’s launch notes for iOS 14.2:

iOS 14.2 consists of the next enhancements on your iPhone:

  • Over 100 new emoji, together with animals, meals, faces, family objects, musical devices, gender-inclusive emoji, and extra
  • Eight new wallpapers in each gentle and darkish mode variations
  • Magnifier can detect folks close by, and report their distance utilizing the LiDAR sensor included in iPhone 12 Professional and iPhone 12 Professional Max
  • Assist for iPhone 12 Leather-based Sleeve with MagSafe
  • Optimized battery charging for AirPods to gradual the speed of battery ageing by decreasing the time your AirPods spends absolutely charged
  • Headphone audio stage notifications to provide you with a warning when audio stage might influence your listening to
  • New AirPlay controls to stream leisure all through your property
  • Intercom help with HomePod and HomePod mini utilizing iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, and CarPlay
  • Means to attach HomePod to Apple TV 4K for stereo, encompass sound, and Dolby Atmos audio
  • Choice to supply statistics about Publicity Notifications, with out figuring out you, to taking part Public Well being Authorities

This launch additionally fixes the next points:

  • Apps may very well be out of order on the Residence Display dock
  • Digital camera viewfinder could seem black when launched
  • The keyboard on the Lock Display might miss touches when attempting to enter the passcode
  • Reminders might default to instances prior to now
  • Images widget could not show content material
  • Climate widget might show the excessive temperature in Celsius when set to Fahrenheit
  • Subsequent-hour precipitation chart description in Climate might incorrectly point out when precipitation stops
  • Voice Memos recordings are interrupted by incoming calls
  • The display may very well be black throughout Netflix video playback
  • Apple Money might fail to ship or obtain cash when requested by way of Siri
  • Apple Watch app could unexpectedly shut when opened
  • Exercise GPS routes or Well being information are prevented from syncing between Apple Watch and iPhone for some customers
  • Audio is incorrectly labeled as “Not Enjoying” within the CarPlay Dashboard
  • Units may very well be prevented from charging wirelessly
  • Publicity Notifications is disabled when restoring iPhone from iCloud Backup or transferring information to a brand new iPhone utilizing iPhone Migration

And these are the iPadOS 14.2 launch notes, that are principally related:

iPadOS 14.2 consists of the next enhancements on your iPad:

  • Over 100 new emoji, together with animals, meals, faces, family objects, musical devices, gender-inclusive emoji, and extra
  • Eight new wallpapers in each gentle and darkish mode variations
  • Magnifier can detect folks close by, and report their distance utilizing the LiDAR sensor included in iPad Professional 12.9-inch (4th era) and iPad Professional 11-inch (2nd era)
  • Scene Detection in Digital camera makes use of clever picture recognition to establish objects inside a scene and robotically improves the photograph on iPad Air (4th era)
  • Auto FPS in Digital camera robotically reduces the body price when recording video to enhance low gentle seize and to optimize file measurement on iPad Air (4th era)
  • Optimized battery charging for AirPods to gradual the speed of battery ageing by decreasing the time your AirPods spends absolutely charged
  • New AirPlay controls to stream leisure all through your property
  • Intercom help with HomePod and HomePod mini utilizing iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, and CarPlay
  • Means to attach HomePod to Apple TV 4K for stereo, encompass sound, and Dolby Atmos audio

This launch additionally fixes the next points:

  • Digital camera viewfinder could seem black when launched
  • The keyboard on the Lock Display might miss touches when attempting to enter the passcode
  • Reminders might default to instances prior to now
  • Images widget could not show content material
  • Climate widget might show the excessive temperature in Celsius when set to Fahrenheit
  • Voice Memos recordings are interrupted by incoming calls
  • The display may very well be black throughout Netflix video playback
  • Apple Money might fail to ship or obtain cash when requested by way of Siri

Lastly, listed below are the notes for watchOS 7.1:

watchOS 7.1 incorporates new options, enhancements, and bug fixes.

  • Provides the power to be notified when your headphone audio stage might influence your listening to
  • Provides help for the ECG app on Apple Watch Sequence 4 or later within the Republic of Korea and Russia
  • Provides help for irregular coronary heart rhythm notifications within the Republic of Korea and Russia
  • Resolves a difficulty that prevented some customers from unlocking a Mac with Apple Watch
  • Fixes a difficulty the place the display could also be darkish on wrist elevate for some Apple Watch Sequence 6 homeowners.

Moreover, Apple launched tvOS 14.2 with bug fixes, iOS 12.4.9 with bug fixes for iPhones not supported by iOS 14, and a minor replace for pre-tvOS Apple TV units. All updates needs to be obtainable at present globally on supported units.

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