iOS 14.2 & iPadOS 14.2 Update Released, Download Now

Nov 5, 2020 - 9 Comments

iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 update

Apple has released iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2, the latest updates to the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 operating systems.

iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 include bug fixes and improvements, along with a few smaller features like an addition of the Shazam music identification widget. Additionally, the new software updates include over a hundred new emoji icons, including pinched fingers, a plunger, beaver, Dodo bird, ninja, anatomical heart and lungs, coin, transgender symbol, transgender flag, more gender neutral emojis of humans, multiple insects, plants, a variety of animals including bison and mammoth, and much more. There are also new wallpapers available in the release. The update is recommended for all users running a prior iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 release.

Separately, Apple released MacOS Catalina 10.15.7 Supplemental Update for Macs running Catalina, tvOS 14.2 for Apple TV, and watchOS 7.1 for Apple Watch, and iOS 12.4.9 for older iPhone and iPad models.

How to Download iOS 14.2 & iPadOS 14.2 Updates

Before installing any system software update, always be sure to backup the iPhone or iPad to iCloud, iTunes, or to backup to a Mac with Finder. Failure to backup could result in data loss.

  1. Open the “Settings” app on iPhone or iPad
  2. Go to “General”
  3. Select “Software Update”
  4. Choose to “Download & Install” the iOS 14.2 or iPadOS 14.2 update when they are shown as available

downloading iOS 14.2 update

Completing installation will require the device to reboot.

Users can also decide to update to iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 by using a computer. This can be done either with iTunes on an older Mac or Windows PC, or a Mac with Finder running Big Sur or Catalina. Doing ether computer based update requires a USB cable and connecting the device to a computer.

Another option is also available to advanced users, and that is updating their devices by using IPSW firmware files. The links below point to the firmware updates for particular devices, which can then be installed using Finder or iTunes.

iOS 14.2 IPSW Direct Download Links

iPadOS 14.2 IPSW Direct Download Links

iOS 14.2 Release Notes

Release notes accompanying the iiOS 14.2 download for iPhone and iPod touch are as follows:

iOS 14.2 includes the following improvements for your ‌iPhone‌:
– 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
– Optimized battery charging for ‌AirPods‌ to slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your ‌AirPods‌ spends 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

This release also fixes the following issues:
– 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 Cash could fail to send or receive money when asked via ‌Siri‌
– 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

iPadOS 14.2 Release Notes

Relaease notes for iPadOS 14.2 for iPad are slightly different, with some iPad specific caanges:

iPadOS 14.2 includes the following improvements for your ‌iPad‌:
– 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 ‌iPad Pro‌ 12.9-inch (4th generation) and ‌iPad Pro‌ 11-inch (2nd generation)
– Scene Detection in Camera uses intelligent image recognition to identify objects within a scene and automatically improves the photo on ‌iPad Air‌ (4th generation)
– Auto FPS in Camera automatically reduces the frame rate when recording video to improve low light capture and to optimize file size on ‌iPad Air‌ (4th generation)
– Optimized battery charging for ‌AirPods‌ to slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your ‌AirPods‌ spends fully charged
– 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

This release also fixes the following issues:
– 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
– Voice Memos recordings are interrupted by incoming calls
– The screen could be black during Netflix video playback
– Apple Cash could fail to send or receive money when asked via ‌Siri‌

If you have any particular noteworthy experiences or thoughts about iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2, feel free to share in the comments below.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News

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  1. Gerald Servidio says:

    Since updating to IOS14.2 on my iPadPro with the Apple Magic Keyboard/Trackpad, I’m seeing a lot of issues:
    1) The delete key won’t work to delete emails, but it works to delete text in an email message
    2) Some times my trackpad won’t scroll with two fingers, I have to push down with one finger and scroll with the other
    3) In the Kindle app, the keyboard arrow keys won’t advance the page
    4) Sometime when I try to remove apps from memory, the ability to use a two finger swipe won’t work

    Hopefully they will release an update to fix these annoyances.

  2. robertD says:

    This update has not fixed the rapid battery drain of my iPhone 6S. I guess I’ll have to wait and hope that the next update solves this issue. Phone is almost useless at this point. I’m not letting my two iPad Pro’s anywhere near iPadOS 14, iPadOS 13.7 works great.

    • Martin says:

      I updated my iPad to 14 and the battery drains faster than with 13, I stimate 12/15 hours in iPadOS 13 and 10/12 hours in iPadOS 14. The improvements in my opinion batter life is more important than new features. I suggest you keep with 13 for now.

  3. Anthony says:

    I have downloaded ipad os 14.2 four times so far on an iPad Air 2, waited patiently for “Preparing update” only to get a “Install failed” in a small midscreen popup box.

    Close or Retry – the latter just restarts the download all over again. So thats 8-10 GN of download wasted so far.

    Any ideas

    • Humph says:

      Had the same issue 2 days ago, 3 failed attempts to update. Things get bad at Preparing update. Got the same message, An error occurred while trying to … I have an iPad Pro – 1st generation

    • Telford Moore says:

      Ensure that you have the charger connected when you start the update. Updated uses a lot of power.

    • Telford Moore says:

      Did you ensure that you had the charger connected? Updating uses a lot of energy.

  4. Telford Moore says:

    Problem with iPad 14.1 bcc

    I have a month-old iPad using iPadOS 14.1 and a strange email fault appears occasionally. The messages sent are always accurate in my “sent” box and reach their destinations correctly, but, occasionally, the correct message content is not shown in my iPad via bcc, but has been replaced by an error message – (This message cannot be displayed because of the way it is formatted. Ask the sender to send it again using a different format or email program.

    text/plain)

    Force-quitting Mail and sometimes toggling airplane mode seems to resolve the issue and the message contents are then shown correctly for an indeterminate time

  5. Alex says:

    Hello,

    I’m sorry to bother you, but it seems the link of the 10.2 inch iPad – 7th generation is wrong.

    Shouldn’t it be related to the “iPad_Educational” ipsw file instead to the “iPad_Educational_2020” ipsw file?

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