18 December 2020
Apple has issued iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 software updates for iPhone and iPad devices around the world. The update is available for all eligible iPhone models including the latest iPhone 12 lineup. It comes with over 100 new emojis and 8 new wallpapers along with under the hood performance improvements and bug fixes.
One major feature included in the update is support for HomePod's Intercom functionality. This is a feature that Apple announced alongside the HomePod Mini launch. It will allow multiple HomePod users to use these smart speakers to use them for communicating with each other. The voice messages can be sent from iPhone, iPad, CarPlay, Apple Watch, and even AirPods.
Here is the detailed iOS 14.2 update changelog:
- Over 100 new emoji, including animals, food, faces, household objects, musical instruments, gender-inclusive emoji, and more.
- Eight new wallpapers in both light and dark mode versions.
- Magnifier can detect people nearby, and report their distance using the LiDAR sensor included in iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
- Support for iPhone 12 Leather Sleeve with MagSafe.
- Optimized battery charging for AirPods to slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your AirPods spends fully charged.
- Headphone audio level notifications to alert you when audio level could impact your hearing.
- New AirPlay controls to stream entertainment throughout your home.
- Intercom support with HomePod and HomePod mini using iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, and CarPlay.
- Ability to connect HomePod to Apple TV 4K for stereo, surround sound, and Dolby Atmos audio.
- Option to provide statistics about Exposure Notifications, without identifying you, to participating Public Health Authorities.
The changelog for iPadOS 14.2 is also pretty similar except for a few differences. This is the reason we are listing only those changes that are new to iPadOS:
- Scene Detection in Camera uses intelligent image recognition to identify objects within a scene and automatically improves the photo on iPad Air (4th generation).
- Auto FPS in Camera automatically reduces the frame rate when recording video to improve low light capture and to optimize file size on iPad Air (4th generation).