Apple released iOS 14.2 today. It includes many new features as well as some important bug fixes and security updates. Among other things, this version comes with over 100 new emoji.
The new emoji are very interesting. What do we mean by interests? The transgender flag, a smiling face with tears, two people embracing, some insects and animals and much more. There will also be an Mx Claus, an alternative solution for Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus who is genderless. Tuxedos are no longer limited to men and veils are not limited to Women - you will be able to send an emoji with a woman wearing a tuxedo and a man wearing a veil.
Today's release also includes a new accessibility feature for the blind users featuring iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. Thanks to the built-in LEAD sensor, you can use your iPhone to detect the presence and distance of people around you via the iPhone camera.
Although it is still useful beyond its pandemic COVID-19, you can use it to receive a notification when there is someone who is too close to you. In addition to audible alerts, you can also set a tactile pulse to go faster as the atom is approaching you.
IOS 14.2 also adds some minor features, such as new wallpapers, headphone volume alerts when the volume is too high, and redesigned controls for AirPlay.
When Apple introduced the HomePod Mini, the company talked about a new Intercom feature that allows you to interact with another Apple user in your home. Today's software updates add Intercom support for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods and CarPlay.
If you have AirPods, you can now enable optimized battery charging. Works like optimized battery charging on your iPhone. If you connect your AirPods before going to bed, they will not charge to full charge speed. Instead, your iPhone can tell AirPods to charge to 100% just before you wake up - it will improve durability life of battery you.
Apple also releases iPadOS 14.2 and watchOS 7.1. Apple Watch users in South Korea and Russia can now test the ECG function with the latest Apple Watch models.
Before updating, back up your device. Make sure the backup iCloud is updated by opening the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and tapping your account information at the top. Alternatively, you can connect your iOS device to your computer to perform a manual back up to iTunes or Finder. Once this is done, you need to go to the "Settings" application, then "General" and then "Software Update".