Developers can already start testing iOS 14.2, along with the iPad equivalent. The first beta of both went out Thursday, just a day after the full release of iOS 14. The most notable new feature builds the Shazam music recognition service into the Control Center.
It’s not clear what’s happening with iOS 14.1, but it isn’t part of Apple’s testing program for developers.
What’s new in iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 beta 1
Apple’s release notes for these new prerelease versions are unhelpful. “This beta version of iPadOS 14.2 contains bug fixes and improvements,” reads the tablet version.
But developers have discovered that this version lets users add “Music Recognition” to the iPhone’s Control Center. Tap on the icon to have the service identity a song playing, either nearby or on the iPhone itself. Having the stand-alone Shazam application installed on the device isn’t necessary.
Shazam was once a startup, but Apple purchased it in 2018.
Whither iOS 14.1?
Apple went straight from allowing beta testers to try iOS 14 to seeding iOS 14.2. Version 14.1 never went through this process.
It’s possible this version number is being reserved for the release of the iPhone 12. Apple’s next-generation handset is expected in October, and it’ll apparently debut running iOS 14.1.
Something similar might be occurring with iPadOS 14.1. On Tuesday, Apple unveiled the iPad Air 4, but this tablet won’t reach customers’ hands until October. An iPadOS version could be on reserve for it too.
New betas for Apple Watch and Apple TV too
Two other products from this company also received fresh betas on Thursday. watchOS 7.1 beta 1 as well as tvOS 14.2 beta 1 were seeded to developers. watchOS 7 and tvOS 14 debuted Wednesday
It’s not yet known what new features are included in either of the betas.
iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 currently reserved for developers
As is Apple’s common practice, developers get first access to the latest iOS and iPadOS betas. Public beta versions are released later.
But until then, access to all four of these pre-release editions is only for those in the Apple Developer Program, which costs $99 a year.