Thursday, November 26

iOS 14.2 has arrived with new, more inclusive emojis

Apple’s iOS 14.2 update has arrived. This update, which can already be installed on iPhones and iPads, will bring with it the Shazam Control Center. Plus new Airplay 2 controls, expanded HomePod support, and 100+ new emojis.

Among the new emojis are various animals (buffalo, dodo, mammoth), food (bubble tea, olives, blueberries) and a greater number of gender-inclusive versions of existing characters. It also adds the transgender flag, a smiling face with a tear (an Emoji, in my case, very needy) and people hugging, among others.

For HomePod users, the update comes with expanded support for the new intercom feature. With the 14.2 update you can broadcast a message to your home directly from your iPhone or iPad, making it more useful for those who don’t have multiple speakers. And, if you have a 4K Apple TV, you can use the HomePod for surround sound.

The release of iOS 14.2 also marks the first major integration with Shazam since Apple acquired the app two years ago. With the change, you can identify songs with Shazam directly from a Control Center shortcut. Previously, the only way to use Shazam natively was through Siri.

Finally, the update adds new AirPlay 2 controls for media playback, which you can access from the lock screen or the Control Center. The change brings a larger cover and makes it easier to control audio streaming to other devices at home.

The update also comes with the usual bug fixes, including a number of potentially annoying issues with Apple apps and a problem with wireless charging.

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