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Apple today seeded the fourth public betas of upcoming iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 updates to its public beta testing group, one week after releasing the third betas and a day after providing the fourth betas to developers.

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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.

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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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 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.

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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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As for smaller but interesting tweaks, iOS 14.2 brings a new icon for the Apple Watch app, with the watch now sporting one of Apple's new Solo Loop bands.

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The fourth beta released for developers yesterday confirmed that there are several new wallpapers in the update, which work in both light and dark modes.

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For info on all of the new features that were introduced with the initial iOS 14 update, make sure to check out our iOS 14 roundup.

Article Link: Apple Releases Fourth Public Betas of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 With New Emoji and Shazam Control Center Options
 

TestedLion

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How was everyone’s battery life in beta 3? Mine on an iPhone 11: not great compared to 14.0.

My battery life with the latest Dev Beta (that came out yesterday) has been great, actually. It seems better than ever, actually. iPhone 11 Pro max
 

posguy99

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Folk actually use icloud!
Depends on what for. I wouldn't waste my time with it for contacts/calendar/email, and *certainly* not for iCloud Drive, but it's not bad for letting random iOS apps sync random bits of themselves. And when it breaks, at least you're not losing much. Apple services... just say no.
 

C DM

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Apple's obsession with emoji's versus making the software actually work is crazy.
There's the Unicode Consortium which is more of a standard essentially well beyond Apple. Furthermore, those work on something like emojis aren't the same people that work on other functional pieces of software, so one thing doesn't really detract from the other.
 

compwiz1202

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Depends on what for. I wouldn't waste my time with it for contacts/calendar/email, and *certainly* not for iCloud Drive, but it's not bad for letting random iOS apps sync random bits of themselves. And when it breaks, at least you're not losing much. Apple services... just say no.
Yea from what I remember, my Keychain never came back unless I did an actual backup restore.
 

scouser75

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Depends on what for. I wouldn't waste my time with it for contacts/calendar/email, and *certainly* not for iCloud Drive, but it's not bad for letting random iOS apps sync random bits of themselves. And when it breaks, at least you're not losing much. Apple services... just say no.
sorry. I meant for iCloud Drive. It is absolutely atrociously terribly crud!

But I do like it for what you mentioned and for syncing my contacts etc.
 

Brien

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I keep getting a pop-up telling me to update but iOS and iTunes are telling me I have the latest version. 🤔
 

I7guy

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Gotta be in it to win it
I keep getting a pop-up telling me to update but iOS and iTunes are telling me I have the latest version. 🤔
I think some of us are getting the same thing. It's a bug, or Apple has an incorrect expiration date for the beta. Hopefully a brand, new shiny beta will be available tomorrow.
 
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