Apple iOS 14.2 Update Rolls Out With Over 100 New Emojis, Intercom Support for Homepod, Homepod Mini, and More

Let’s take a look at all the iOS 14.2 features and updates that brings new emojis, wallpapers, bug fixes, and more.

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Apple has started rolling out iOS 14.2 to iPhone users. The new iOS software update brings a bunch of new features, including over 100 new emojis. These include animals, food, faces, household objects, musical instruments, gender-inclusive emoji, and more. Apple has also released eight new wallpapers in the iOS 14.2 update. Alongside this, the new update brings new enhancements and also fixes some bugs that were found in the previous version. iOS 14.2 also brings support for optimised battery charging for AirPods. Let’s take a look at all the iOS 14.2 features and updates that brings new emojis, wallpapers, bug fixes, and more.

Apple iOS 14.2 Update Rolls Out With Over 100 New Emojis, Intercom Support for Homepod, Homepod Mini, and More

One of the key highlights of the new iPhone update is the introduction of new emojis. Apple has brought in over 100 new emojis, including a Ninja, a pride flag, a smiling face with a tear, a pinched finger, a coin, a dodo, lungs, etc. The new update also includes eight new wallpapers that are compatible with both light and dark mode.

iOS 14.2 also makes use of the LiDAR sensor found on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max that can detect people nearby and report their distance. For AirPods, iOS 14.2 introduces optimised battery charging to slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your AirPods spends fully charged. 

There is also Intercom support with HomePod and HomePod mini using iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, and CarPlay. 

To update your iPhone to iOS 14.2, go to Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install.

Users having an Apple iPhone 6s or later can update their iPhones to iOS 14.2. it is advised that you take a backup of your device before installing the new update.

Here is the complete list of new features introduced in iOS 14.2

  • 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.
  • Optimised 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 the 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.
    iOS 14.2 also resolves the following bugs and performance issues. There are fixes for the Camera application, Voice Memos, Apple Cash, and much more. Here are those improvements and bug fixes:
  • 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.