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Apple releases iOS 14.2 with new emojis and an accessibility characteristic that can be utilized to seek out folks with lidar

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Apple released iOS 14.2 today. It includes several new features as well as some important bug fixes and security updates. In this version, among other things, over 100 new emojis are presented.

You'll find a transgender flag, smiling face with tears, pinched fingers, two hugging people, some insects and animals, a camouflaged face, and much more. When it comes to new variations, there will be an Mx Claus, a gender-specific alternative to Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Smoking is no longer restricted to men and veils are no longer restricted to women. You can send an emoji with a woman in a tuxedo and a man in a veil.

Today's version also includes a new accessibility feature for blind users with an iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. Thanks to the built-in lidar sensor, you can use your iPhone to detect the presence and distance of people in the iPhone camera view.

While it's still useful after the COVID-19 pandemic, it can give you one warning if someone is in front of you who is more than a meter away and another when they get closer to you. In addition to stereo audio alerts, you can set a haptic impulse that will expire faster as the person approaches.

TechCrunch's Devin Coldewey shares more information on the new feature:

iOS 14.2 also adds some minor features such as: For example, new wallpapers, notifications about the audio level of the headphones when the volume is too high, and redesigned controls for AirPlay.

When Apple first introduced the HomePod Mini, the company talked about a new intercom feature that lets you interact with another Apple user in your home. Today's software updates include intercom support for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, and CarPlay.

If you have AirPods, you can now turn on optimized battery charging. It works like an optimized battery charge on your iPhone. If you plug in your AirPods before bed, they won't charge at full speed. Instead, your iPhone can tell your AirPods to charge 100% right before you wake up – this should improve battery life.

Apple also releases iPadOS 14.2 and watchOS 7.1. Apple Watch users in South Korea and Russia can now try the EKG feature with the latest Apple Watch models.

Back up your device before updating. Make sure your iCloud backup is up to date 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 do a manual backup in iTunes or the Finder. Once that's done you should go to the Settings app, then General, and then Software Update.

Here is the full changelog for iOS 14.2:

iOS 14.2 includes the following improvements for your iPhone:

100+ new emoji including animals, food, faces, household items, musical instruments, gender-specific emoji, and more
Eight new wallpapers in light and dark mode
The magnifying glass 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 case with MagSafe
Optimized Battery Charge for AirPods to slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your AirPods are fully charged
Headphone audio level notifications to warn you if the audio level is likely to affect your hearing
New AirPlay controls to stream entertainment throughout your home
Intercom support with HomePod and HomePod mini via iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods and CarPlay
Connect HomePod to Apple TV 4K for stereo, surround sound and Dolby Atmos audio
Option to provide statistics on exposure notifications to participating health authorities without identifying you

This version also fixes the following issues:

Apps can be out of order on the dock on the home screen
The camera viewfinder may appear black at startup
The keyboard on the lock screen may miss touches when trying to enter the passcode
By default, reminders can be reset to times in the past
The photo widget may not display any content
The weather widget can show the high temperature in Celsius when it is set to Fahrenheit
The description of the precipitation map for the next hour in Weather can incorrectly indicate when precipitation will stop
Voice memos are interrupted by incoming calls
The screen may be black during Netflix video playback
Apple Cash may not be able to send or receive money when asked through Siri
The Apple Watch app might close unexpectedly when opened
Some users are prevented from syncing workout GPS routes or health data between Apple Watch and iPhone
Audio is incorrectly marked as "Not played" in the CarPlay dashboard
Devices can be prevented from being charged wirelessly
Exposure notifications are disabled when restoring iPhone from iCloud backup or transferring data to a new iPhone using iPhone Migration

For information about the security content of Apple software updates, see this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

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