Apple Releases First Public Betas of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2

Apple Releases First Public Betas of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2

Apple has released the first public betas of its iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 updates to public beta testers. The new public seeds come just a few days following the first betas to developers.

Public beta builds of the new operating systems can be downloaded via the Apple Beta Software Program website by users signed up to take part in the testing program. If you’re interested in trying out the betas of the upcoming operating systems you can sign up for the program by clicking the same link.

As usual, MacTrast and Apple both warn users to not install any betas on your daily driver iPhone or iPad, instead only install betas on a device set aside for testing purposes.

iOS 14.2 brings the new Music Recognition control for Control Center. Music Recognition allows users to discover music playing around them, and can even recognize music playing in apps when a user is wearing AirPods.

The new feature can be added to Control Center via the Control Center options in the Settings app. To use Shazam Music Recognitio0n, just open Control Center, then tap on the Shazam icon.

A redesigned Now Playing widget is also part of the update. It lists recently played albums that users may want to listen to. A redesigned interface for AirPlay makes it easier to play music on multiple AirPlay 2-enabled devices in a home.

Last but not least, a new “People Detection” feature in the Magnifier app uses the iPhone camera to let users know how far away from people they are, useful in these days of social distancing.