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Apple releases iOS 14.2: 100+ new Emojis, Intercom support, and more

On Thursday afternoon, Apple officially released iOS 14.2 to the public after releasing the release candidate to developers more than a week ago. iOS 14.2 brings intercom support to iOS devices and HomePod and HomePod mini, a slew of new emoji, as well as new wallpapers. Here’s everything you need to know.

Shazam, the music recognition service acquired by Apple in September 2018, officially debuts natively in iOS 14.2 through a toggle in the control center. Users can add the toggle through settings, and can activate Shazam by simply tapping the toggle, playing some music, and a notification will pop-up with your result.

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Aside from native Shazam support, iOS 14.2 brings an updated “now playing” user experience on the lock screen, and new AirPlay 2 controls. Outside of control center, iOS 14.2 brings over 100+ new emoji, support for the iPhone 12 MagSafe leather sleeve case, and new wallpapers.

Here are the full release notes for iOS 14.2:

– 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

iOS 14.2 also brings numerous bug fixes and security updates that you can read here. Let us know if you’re excited about this update down below.

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