iOS 14.2: Apple releases second beta to developers

Apple has already released a beta of iOS 14.2, making it available to developers just one day after the public release of iOS 14 and then to public testers just a few days later. In addition to iOS and iPadOS 14.2, Apple made beta versions of tvOS 14.2 and watchOS 7.1 available. 

What happened to 14.1? Your guess is as good as ours! Perhaps that version is being installed on iPhone 12s as they leave the factory, identical to iOS 14 save for support for the new hardware, with Apple aiming to bring iOS 14.2 to market so it’s ready to download when those phones hit the stores. Perhaps we’ll also see an iOS 14.1 beta release, oddly begun after the iOS 14.2 beta. If we ever figure it out, we’ll let you know.

Update 09/29/20: Apple has released the second beta of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 to developers. The public beta version is usually released within a day or so.

What’s new in iOS 14.2 beta

So far, it appears that iOS 14.2 is focused on media features for Control Center.

The most significant addition is a new Shazam toggle for Control Center. You’ll have to add the “Music Recognition” feature to your Control Center in Settings > Control Center first, but then you’re just a swipe and a tap away from having Shazam identify songs in the background. You’ll get notifications when new songs are identified, and it’s easy to add them to Apple Music.

There are also new media controls in Control Center, including content suggestions if you expand the “Now Playing” control while nothing is playing.

The new emojis previewed earlier in the year are included in iOS and iPadOS 14.2, starting with Beta 2.

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New emojis are present in iOS 14.2, starting with beta 2.

The Magnifier accessibility feature now has an optional people detection function that can identify people in view and estimate their distance to you.