iOS 14.2 Released by New Emojis and Fixes as Major Security Vulnerabilities

Apple today released iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 for supported devices on the stable channel. The new update weighs around 1.02GB on my iPhone XR and brings a ton of new stuff for iPhones and iPads. Here are the big ones.

There are 117 new emoji in iOS 14.2, including options for gender-inclusive emoji, among other things. In addition, iOS 14.2 provides support for the LiDAR-enabled function that allows iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max users to detect nearby people and find out the distance between them.

There’s also intercom support for the HomePod and HomePod Mini, the ability to connect HomePod to Apple TV 4K, new AirPlay controls, and more.

As usual with software updates, there are a ton of bug fixes here too, including fixes for the camera viewfinder to appear black, missing keyboard touches on the lock screen, and a host of others. fixes.

More importantly, though, iOS 14.2 fixes a couple of major security vulnerabilities that are actually being exploited by bad actors in the wild. Ben Hawkes, the technical lead for Google’s Project Zero, shared this information in a tweet, pointing out the three issues Apple has fixed with this update.

If you’re looking for the full iOS 14.2 changelogs, I’ve pasted them below:

  • Above 100 new emoji, including animals, food, faces, household objects, musical instruments, gender-inclusive emoji, and more
  • Eight new wallpapers in light and dark mode versions
    The magnifying glass can detect nearby people and report their distance using the LiDAR sensor included in the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Stand for iPhone 12 leather case with MagSafe
  • Battery charging optimized for AirPods to reduce the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your AirPods spend fully charged
  • Headphone audio level notifications to alert you when the audio level could affect your hearing
  • New AirPlay controls on stream entertainment throughout your home
  • Intercom support by HomePod and HomePod mini using iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods and CarPlay
  • Ability to join HomePod to Apple TV 4K for stereo, surround sound, and Dolby Atmos audio
  • Option to provide statistics on exposure notifications, without identifying it, to participating public health authorities

This release also fixes the following issues:

  • Apps may be out of order at the base of the home screen
  • The camera viewfinder may appear black when starting
  • The keyboard on the lock screen may fail touches while trying to enter the passcode
  • Reminders may appear by error in times past
  • Photo widget may not display content
  • Weather widget could display high temperature in Celsius when set to Fahrenheit
  • The next hour precipitation graph description in Weather could incorrectly indicate when the precipitation stops
  • Voice memo records are interrupted by incoming calls
  • The screen may be black while working Netflix videos
  • Apple Watch app may quit unexpectedly when opened
  • For some users, GPS training routes or health data are prevented from syncing between Apple Watch and iPhone
  • Audio does incorrectly labeled “Won’t Play” in this CarPlay panel
  • It could prevent devices from charging wirelessly
  • Exposure notifications are disabled when restoring iPhone from iCloud Backup or transferring data to a new iPhone using iPhone migration

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