Apple Updates Almost All of its Software Platforms

Apple has released iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, tvOS 14.2, watchOS 7.1, and HomePod 14.2, delivering many fixes and a few new features. If you have an Apple device of any kind, you may want to check for updates.

iOS 14.2 (and the nearly identical iPadOS 14.2) appear to have the most improvements, with 100 new emoji, 8 new wallpapers, support for the as-yet-not-released the iPhone 12 Leather Sleeve with MagSafe, redesigned AirPlay controls, a new Shazam toggle in Control Center so you can more easily identify a nearby playing song, and more.

watchOS 7.1 brings the Apple Watch ECG feature to South Korea and Russia. And HomePod 14.2 includes support for new ‌Siri‌, Intercom, and Home Theater features, plus the ability to connect one or two HomePod‌s to ‌Apple TV‌ 4K for stereo, surround sound, and Dolby Atmos audio.

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  • ebraiter

    05 November, 2020 - 3:34 pm

    <p>Still no battery fix.</p><p>However. 100 new emojis! If there is a reason to get the update, it is that!</p>

    • lezmaka

      Premium Member
      05 November, 2020 - 4:12 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#591033">In reply to ebraiter:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>What's wrong with the battery?</p>

      • Username

        05 November, 2020 - 4:28 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#591038">In reply to lezmaka:</a></em></blockquote><p>Depleted battery stops device. Needs fixing.</p>

      • sammyg

        05 November, 2020 - 11:10 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#591038">In reply to lezmaka:</a></em></blockquote><p>Agreed what battery issue??</p>

        • shawnthebeachy

          06 November, 2020 - 10:06 am

          <blockquote><em><a href="#591116">In reply to sammyg:</a></em></blockquote><p>The one which was acknowledged by Apple and for which their solution was a complete phone reset.</p>

        • lezmaka

          Premium Member
          06 November, 2020 - 7:27 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#591116">In reply to sammyg:</a></em></blockquote><p>Since the other answers were vague, this is the only thing I found</p><p><br></p><p><a href="https://www.techradar.com/news/ios-14-battery-drain-fix&quot; target="_blank">https://www.techradar.com/news/ios-14-battery-drain-fix</a></p&gt;

          • shawnthebeachy

            09 November, 2020 - 12:49 pm

            <blockquote><em><a href="#591257">In reply to lezmaka:</a></em></blockquote><p>I was unable to post the link for some reason in my answer, but yes that was exactly what I was talking about.</p>

    • curtisspendlove

      05 November, 2020 - 5:30 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#591033">In reply to ebraiter:</a></em></blockquote><p>Sadly, emoji do get the majority of people to update. </p>

  • curtisspendlove

    05 November, 2020 - 5:31 pm

    <p>The real question is when does Big Sur drop. My guess is they want to drop it at the same time the new Macs ship. </p>

  • jdawgnoonan

    Premium Member
    05 November, 2020 - 5:43 pm

    <p>I have a hard time with emoji and wallpaper being listed as features. </p>

    • simont

      Premium Member
      06 November, 2020 - 5:19 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#591056">In reply to jdawgnoonan:</a></em></blockquote><p>Emoji get people to upgrade as they consider them a priority. Security and Bug fixes are not a priority </p>

  • proftheory

    Premium Member
    05 November, 2020 - 5:47 pm

    <p>Paul: "… If you have an Apple device of any kind, you may want to check for updates. …" So I should check for MacOS 14 Big Sur?</p>

    • lvthunder

      Premium Member
      05 November, 2020 - 6:24 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#591059">In reply to proftheory:</a></em></blockquote><p>You can always check. You probably won't find it though.</p>

    • retcable

      Premium Member
      06 November, 2020 - 7:33 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#591059">In reply to proftheory:</a></em></blockquote><p>There is a Supplemental Update for Catalina on the Mac. </p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      06 November, 2020 - 7:57 am

      If you have an Apple device of any kind, you may want to check for updates.

  • sammyg

    05 November, 2020 - 11:10 pm

    <blockquote><em><a href="#591060">In reply to Bob_Shutts:</a></em></blockquote><p>I only ever used Carbon Copy and Super Duper to upgrade HD's in Mac's. It was great for that. Then we got to the point where we can't upgrade them so…not much use anymore.</p><p><br></p><p>I am sure others use them for various things but it always just a drive cloner for me, as in clone to the new drive attached via USB and then swap them.</p>

  • Calibr21

    05 November, 2020 - 11:15 pm

    <p>Why does a leather case require a software update?</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      06 November, 2020 - 7:52 am

      It has Mag Safe built-in.

    • lezmaka

      Premium Member
      06 November, 2020 - 7:31 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#591117">In reply to Calibr21:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>The leather sleeve, which covers the front and back, has an area on the front where the time can be displayed when in the sleeve. The sleeve and MagSafe in general, have NFC chips that tell the phone what accessory is attached.</p>

  • 02nz

    06 November, 2020 - 5:59 pm

    <p>"<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">watchOS 14.2 brings the Apple Watch ECG feature to South Korea and Russia." Wow, Paul knows what watchOS will have 7 years from now!</span></p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      07 November, 2020 - 11:14 am

      Typos can be reported without being a dick about it. Just a thought.

  • briantlewis

    Premium Member
    06 November, 2020 - 6:35 pm

    <p>iOS 14 has been so so so much better than 13. </p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      07 November, 2020 - 11:12 am

      That’s a really low bar, but sure.

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