Apple seeds iOS and iPadOS 14.2 Release Candidate to developers

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Weeks after shipping the first beta, today Apple released the “release candidate” of iOS and iPadOS 14.2 to developers, setting the stage for a public release in the coming weeks.Intersigntly, today Apple announced that the term “GM seed” is being released with “Release Candidate”.

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iOS 14.2 includes a wide number of changes, from deeper Shazam integration, revamped music controls, and newly added wallpapers in beta 4. The update will be the second major “dot” update for iOS and iPadOS 14 since its debut on September 16th. The first being iOS and iPadOS 14.1 which included under-the-hood improvements and fixes, rather than front end changes.

Apple today also released the release candidate for Xcode 12.1.1, the support notes for the update reveal that it includes SDK support for macOS Catalina, not Big Sur. The lack of support for macOS 11 hints that we likely won’t see a release for the new operating system until after the launch of iOS 14.2, expected to take place next week.

For users enrolled in the iOS and iPadOS developer program, the new release candidate build is available as an OTA update on registered devices, and as a download via the Apple Developer Program. The release notes are below:

  • 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

For live updates on what’s new in this GM build, follow us on Twitter @AppleTerminal.

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