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iOS 14.2 functions

In the fall, usually in October, Apple will release the first major iOS supplemental update after the first version is released in September. This year is no different, although the numbering seems to be going differently. Instead of iOS 14.1, it is iOS 14.2. Nevertheless, you can expect new features in iOS 14.2 as Apple has some interesting improvements in store. They mainly relate to music and the Control Panel.

# 1 New emoji
The previously announced new emoji for 2020 will be arriving in iOS 14.2. It concerns a total of 117 new emoji. The most famous new images are the Italian hand gesture, the emoji in disguise and the ninja. There are also new animals (such as the fly) and food and drink (such as an olive and bubble tea). And another detail: the emoji button in the keyboard has been slightly modified. The eyes are a bit higher in iOS 14.2.

# 2 Shazam in Control Center
There is now an even faster way to start Shazam. You can now put a Shazam button in Control Center, even without needing the app. As soon as you tap it, turn on the music recognition. Your iPhone will listen to music in the background and as soon as a song is recognized, a notification will appear at the top of the screen. You can expand the result, after which the album cover will be shown in large format. With a shortcut, you can instantly listen to the song in Apple Music.

Music recognition with Shazam in iOS 14.2 Control Center.

# 3 Recognition via earbuds
Also new is the possibility to have music recognized via your earbuds, such as your AirPods. On Android, the Shazam app has previously been able to recognize music that is played through your earbuds or headphones, but that was not possible on iOS. Now you can with the new music recognition in the Control Center. Individual apps do not have access to this data, but now that the function is built in as standard, you can. Once you’re listening to music, all you have to do is turn on music recognition in the Control Center. You can see which song you are listening to via a notification. This is especially useful when listening to the radio, where it is not always visible which song it is.

# 4 Music controls in Control Panel updated
Music controls in the Control Panel have also been updated. If you open the Control Panel and hold down the block at the top right with the music controls, you will immediately see the changes. The cover of a recently played song appears in a large screen, but you also see suggestions here if nothing is playing for a while. Normally you can switch to other devices (like an Apple TV or HomePod) by scrolling, but now tap the round button Control other speakers and TVs. You will then see an overview of all suitable devices in the area. The interface has been renewed for all these devices.

Music control in Control Center in iOS 14.2.

# 5 New AirPlay menu
The AirPlay menu, for example from apps, has also been redesigned. It now appears as a pop-up menu on the screen. All devices are classified into cups, such as Headphones (AirPods, wireless headphones) and Speakers and TVs (Apple TV, HomePod, AirPlay 2 speakers). You will also see a button at the bottom Control Other Speakers & TV’s, which switches to the interface similar to the new music controls in the Control Center.

iOS 14.2: new AirPlay menu.

# 6 Human detection in Magnifier app
If you ever use the magnifying glass on your iPhone, you have a separate Magnifying Glass app from iOS 14 onwards. There is now also an option for this People Detection Bee. As soon as you enable this, look around you with the camera. The Magnifying Glass app recognizes people and tells you the distance between you and the person. This certainly comes in handy now, especially if you want to keep a distance of five feet. The function is primarily designed for people with a visual impairment.

# 7 Other improvements
A few other minor tweaks have been discovered:

  • Watch-app: The Apple Watch app on the iPhone has a custom icon. The strap is now a solo loop, so there is no more closure.
  • Improve hand washing: Via Settings> Privacy> Analytics and improvements you will now find an option Improve Handwashing. You use it to share anonymous movement and audio data to improve the hand-washing function of the Apple Watch.
  • Music icon on lock screen: Now when you play a song or radio station via the Music app, you will see a small icon of the Music app in the lower right corner of the album cover or station logo. You then know that the radio station is not coming from another radio app. If you play music from another app (such as Spotify), you will see the logo of that app.
  • Music lock screen controls: You can now browse a song directly on the lock screen.

We expect iOS 14.2 sometime in October. The iOS 14.2 beta is now available to developers.

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