Just a few hours after the presentation of iOS 14 , Apple has now presented new beta versions. Also included is iOS 14.2, which so far has primarily been aimed at music fans. With iOS 14.2 Beta 1, Apple’s developers have made various adjustments to the features for playing and controlling music, podcasts, etc. This affects, for example, the controls in the control center or on the lock screen.
For example, the graphics of the music currently playing has grown significantly. A small symbol at the bottom right also provides information about which app the current playback comes from. If no title is currently playing, the overview contains some suggestions that you might want to hear.
The two controls for controlling the volume and position in the song that is currently playing have also been revised. In addition, the remaining time is no longer displayed on the lock screen. The elapsed time is now shown directly under the playhead.
Apple has also adopted AirPlay controls. An animated symbol now appears on the iPhone or iPad as soon as music playback, for example on a HomePod, has been detected in the current network. If all devices are paused, the icon is no longer animated. The overview of the available AirPlay devices also received a revised design.
iOS 14.2: New possibilities with Shazam
After taking over Shazam in 2018, Apple has now expanded the integration of music recognition a little. While you could previously ask Siri to recognize the music currently playing, iOS 14.2 now has its own tile for the control center.
You can also start music recognition without Siri. If this recognizes a running song, a push notification appears. The title recognition goes one step further than previously known solutions.
Up to now, you usually had to rely on the music being audible to the microphones of your smartphone, but the new Shazam integration can also recognize music in apps – even if you are wearing headphones. So if you listen to a radio station with AirPods inserted in Safari and start a song that you want to remember, it can be easily identified by the new music recognition in the control center.
iOS 14.2 also brings various minor changes, such as a new icon for the Apple Watch app on which the smartwatch is now shown with a new solo loop band . The magnifying glass app is also able to recognize people and measure the distance to them.
In addition to iOS 14.2 Beta 1, the first developer betas of iPadOS 14.2, watchOS 7.1 and tvOS 14.2 are also available. Mac users can also install macOS Big Sur 11 beta 7.