[U:] Apple releases iOS 14.2 ‘Release Candidate’ to developers

iOS 14.2 revamps the music controls (Image: 9to5Mac)

Update: Apple is phasing out the term Gold Master (GM) with RC — Release Candidate, indicating that this version is ‘near final’. It’s not clear if Apple plans to release another developer beta.

Updated original article to remove references to GM

In a surprise move today, Apple has released a release candidate (RC) gold master (GM) build of iOS 14.2 to developers.

iOS 14.2 contains 10 new wallpapers and removes some existing ones that were first introduced with iOS 11. It also has a dedicated Music Recognition — Shazam — toggle in Control Center.

The update also has revamped music controls within Control Center and the Lock Screen. The AirPlay 2 interface has also received improvements.

This beta fixes the constant popups that interrupted users this week telling them to ‘update from the iOS beta”.

Read the full release notes here:

  • 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

This release also fixes the following issues:

  • Apps could be out of order on the Home Screen dock
  • Camera viewfinder may appear black when launched
  • The keyboard on the Lock Screen could miss touches when trying to enter the passcode
  • Reminders could default to times in the past
  • Photos widget may not display content
  • Weather widget could display the high temperature in Celsius when set to Fahrenheit
  • Next-hour precipitation chart description in Weather could incorrectly indicate when precipitation stops
  • Voice Memos recordings are interrupted by incoming calls
  • The screen could be black during Netflix video playback
  • Apple Cash could fail to send or receive money when asked via Siri
  • Apple Watch app may unexpectedly close when opened
  • Workout GPS routes or Health data are prevented from syncing between Apple Watch and iPhone for some users
  • Audio is incorrectly labeled as “Not Playing” in the CarPlay Dashboard
  • Devices could be prevented from charging wirelessly
  • Exposure Notifications is disabled when restoring iPhone from iCloud Backup or transferring data to a new iPhone using iPhone Migration
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