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Apple releases iOS 14.2 update with new emojis, and fixes for critical security flaws

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Apple launched iOS 14.2 update

Today Apple has released iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 updates with a bunch of new features and major bug fixes. It is the second major update of the new version of the operating system.

The newest update for iOS is bringing 117 new emojis including options for gender-inclusive emoji among other things. One of the best parts of this update is security updates to rid the operating system of as many as three new zero-day security flaws that are already being used by hackers to attack iPhones.

According to Apple, the vulnerabilities affect both the iOS font parser and the iOS kernel. This first flaw may “may lead to arbitrary code execution” when “processing a maliciously crafted font” while because of the second one “a malicious application may be able to disclose kernel memory,” thus revealing passwords and other sensitive data. The third flaw is more serious in nature as it allows “a malicious application to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.”

100+ emojis including the transgender flag, two people hugging, anatomical heart, black cat, mammoth, polar bear, dodo, fly, bell pepper, tamale, bubble tea, a disguised face, and more. Accessibility feature for blind users with iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max makes it outstanding. Apart from this iPhone and iPad get a new Shazam button located at the control center. Before the acquisition, it was also used as a sort of audio QR code for marketing activations during TV commercials and the like.

iOS 14.2 Update – Release Notes

Here are the improvements that will iOS 14.2 bring for your smartphone:

  • 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 ageing by reducing the time your AirPods spend 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

Following issues are fixed with the iOS 14.2 Update:

  • 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 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
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