Apple releases first public beta of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2

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Apple has provided its first beta of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 to public beta testers, marking the first update to the milestone operating system releases in this generation.

Arriving a mere four days after the developer beta counterparts, the public beta can be acquired from the Apple Beta Software Program web portal. The content of the beta is likely to be the same as what was provided in the developer version.

Changes discovered in the developer beta so far include a new icon for Shazam music recognition in the Control center, a "People Detection" option in the Magnifier to measure inter-person distances, and other Control Center design changes. Away from Control Center, the Apple Watch app icon has been given a minor revision.

The public beta release arrives just five days after Apple issued its milestone operating system releases for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.

AppleInsider, and Apple itself, strongly suggest users avoid installing betas on to "mission-critical" or primary devices, due to the potential for data loss or other issues. It is instead recommended to install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to ensure there are sufficient backups of important data beforehand.

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