Apple releases iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, watchOS 7.1, tvOS 14.2 featuring new emoji and bug fixes

Apple has released iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, watchOS 7.1 and tvOS 14.2 to the public with new features like a dedicated Shazam button and new emoji.

The update comes after five developer beta cycles for testing. The update features over 100 new emoji with more inclusive options and more food and objects. Apple also included eight new wallpaper options including outdoor scenes and artistic pieces.

The updates can be installed on the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV via the usual update processes. While it can be set to run automatically, a manual update can be performed by opening the Settings app, selecting General, then Software Update. The Apple Watch must be charged to at least 50% and left on the charger in order to update.

The iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 updates added eight new wallpaper options, new emoji, and improved iconography across the operating system. The Home

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Apple Releases iPadOS and iOS 14.1 With Multiple Bug Fixes Ahead of iPhone 12 Launch

Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 14.1, the first major updates to the iOS and iPadOS 14 operating system updates that were released in September. iOS and iPadOS 14.1 come a week after Apple released the golden master versions of the updates to developers.


The iOS 14.1 update can be downloaded for free and it is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the new software, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

According to Apple’s release notes, iOS 14.1 introduces a number of bug fixes. It addresses a major problem that caused some emails to be sent from the wrong alias, a fix that Mail app users will be happy to see. It also fixes an issue that could cause widgets and icons to show up in the wrong size, and it addresses a bug with the Calculator app that could prevent zeroes

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Great iPhone and iPad news: You can now change two default apps in iOS 14, iPadOS 14. Here’s how

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We’ll show you how to set default apps on your iPhone or iPad. 


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You can almost feel Apple loosening its steel grip over the iPhone and iPad with the release of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. iPhone and iPad owners now have the option to alter how their home screen looks, including the ability to put widgets on the iPhone’s home screen. But also noteworthy is the ability to now set the default email and browser apps on the iPhone or iPad. 

That means you can use Gmail or Google Chrome — or any other app of your choice — and finally leave Safari and Apple Mail behind. It’s a big step for iPhone ($699 at Amazon) and iPad ($239 at Back Market) users, and one that was sorely overdue. 

The process to change over your default mail and browser app is really simple, but also

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