Apple releases new updates for iOS 14.2, watchOS 7.1, macOS featuring new emojis, bug fixes and more

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Apple has released the iOS 14.2 updates for its iPhones, alongside watchOS 7.1, macOS Catalina 10.15.7. The HomePod and tvOS 14.2 software updates are also released now. For the older iPhones, which were not moved up to iOS 14, Apple has released iOS 12.4.9. Here are the subtleties on the new iOS, watchOS, and macOS updates and what they offer. 

Apple iOS 14.2 updates: Main features and how to install it 

The iOS 14.2 update is around 1.45 GB in size so ensure you have enough space on your iPhone prior to the update process. The update can be found by reaching off to the Settings App, trailed by General, trailed by Software Update. Your iPhone will require a minimum 50% charge altogether for the update to download and install. WiFi will be required too for the equivalent. 

What does iOS 14.2 offer? 

It comes with more than 100 new emoticons, brings eight new display wallpapers like the huge recognizable changes. It will likewise bring significant bug fixes for the iPhone. Apple says the new emoticon includes creatures, food, faces, family, and more gender orientated emoticons. The new display wallpapers work in both light and dark mode. 

For the iPhone 12 Pro series users, Magnifier would now be able to detect individuals nearby and report their separation by using the LIDAR sensor on these devices. The update likewise brings support for iPhone 12 Leather Sleeve with MagSafe charging. 

The update additionally brings improved battery charging for AirPods. This will slow the pace of the aging battery by lessening the time AirPods spend to completely charge. Apple is additionally adding another earphone audio notification. This will remind the users when the sound levels are extremely high and could affect hearing. 

AirPlay controls alongside Intercom upheld for HomePod and HomePod mini by iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, and CarPlay are additionally part of the update. HomePod users will presently have the choice of connection with an Apple TV 4K for the stereo sound system and Dolby Atmos sound. 

Different issues that the update fixes are: applications showing up faulty on Home Screen, Camera viewfinder seeming dark when it was launched, the keypad on Lock Screen missing touch gestures when entering password and Reminders which would default to times previously. 

The update additionally brings fixes for the photographs widgets not showing content, issues with the climate widgets showing high temperature in Celsius, and Voice Memos being hindered by incoming calls. 

Another issue bug is fixed which was the screen may seem dark during Netflix videos. It likewise fixes the Apple Watch application shutting startlingly and issues with synchronizing of Workout GPS path or Health information. 

Apple watchOS 7.1: Main features and how to install it

Apple watchOS 7.1 is around 366 MB in size. So for installing you need to go to the Watch App on your iPhone, trailed by General followed by Software Update. The Apple Watch should be on its charger and in reach to the iPhone connected with the WiFi for the update to get installed successfully. 

Apple watchOS 7.1 update brings the earphone sound level notification also, which will caution users of hearing being affected if the sound levels are excessively high. It has added support for ECG for Apple Watch 4 in Korea and Russia. It additionally fixed the bug where a few users were kept from opening Mac with the Apple Watch. It also fixed an issue for Apple Watch 6 users where the screen stays dim regardless of wrist raise.


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