Apple released the first beta version of iOS 14.2 to iPhone developers today, Thursday, September 17th. The update comes a day after the company sowed iOS 14 to the public.
Apple released this new beta to developers shortly after 3 p.m. PDT and took the beta community off guard. The company’s standard release time for software updates is 10 PDT. The key word here is the developer – if you’re a public beta tester, you’ll have to wait for Apple to release iOS 14.2 public beta 1, which we expect at 10 PDT tomorrow.
The great new feature that iOS 14.2 brings to the table is a new control center tablet for Shazam music recognition. A simple tap on the tray launches iOS’s built-in Shazam features and scans for music played in the local area.
By the way, you did not miss iOS 14.1 – iOS 14.2 is the first beta version after iOS 14. Why Apple skipped iOS 14.1 is unclear. It is possible that the company saves 14.1 as a public release to fix some outstanding bugs and issues with iOS 14.
Release notes for iOS 14.2 beta 1 are coming soon.
To update your iPhone to iOS 14.2 dev beta 1, you must be a registered developer. You can use the recovery image for your iPhone available in the Developer Portal (install with iTunes or Finder) or install the configuration profile and then update over the air. If you already have the profile installed on your iPhone, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to start installing the latest beta, or you can wait until it installs automatically if “Automatic Updates” is enabled.
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