Apple releases software updates for its phones, laptops, smartwatches, and more

Apple has released software updates for its iPhones and iPads, Smartwatch, HomePod, tvOS, and Laptops. iPhones get iOS 14.2 and older models got iOS 12.4.9. Apple Watch models have received watchOS 7.1, HomePod and tvOS software version 14.2 and macOS receives the additional update Catalina 10.15.7. There are many improvements and big fixes in the iOS updates, while watchOS 7.1 brings the EKG functionality to more regions, among other features. The HomePod update provides expanded home theater support as well as various bug fixes.

The iOS and iPadOS updates are available for iPhone 6s and higher, iPod touch 7th generation, iPad Air 2 and higher, and iPad mini 4 and higher. iOS 14.2 brings more than 100 new emoji, eight new background images in light and dark versions, and headphone audio level notifications that show warnings when the volume may affect your hearing. In addition, there are new AirPlay controls, intercom support for HomePod and HomePod mini. Users can now connect HomePod to Apple TV 4K for stereo, Dolby Atmos audio, and surround sound.

iOS 12.4.9 brings important security updates for older iPhone models. This applies to the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and 3 and iPod touch (6th generation).

The magnifying glass of the iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPad Pro 12.9 inch (4th generation) and iPad Pro 11 inch (2nd generation) can now detect people in the vicinity and the LiDAR sensor can show their distance. Support for iPhone 12 leather case with MagSafe has also been added.

Additionally, iPadOS 14.2 brings automatic FPS and scene recognition to the camera app for better video and photo quality. There are also a few bug fixes, including a bug in the camera viewfinder that made it appear black on startup, missing touches on the on-screen keyboard, issues with the photo widget, and more.

The watchOS 7.1 Update adds support for EKG on Apple Watch Series 4 or later in the Republic of Korea and Russia. These regions also receive support for irregular heart rhythm notifications. It fixes an issue where the Apple Watch cannot unlock the Mac. watchOS 7.1 also notifies you when the audio level may get too high.

With HomePod and tvOS software Update 14.2Users can now pair two HomePods on an Apple TV for stereo and surround sound with Dolby Atmos. There are also several bug fixes.

Last, macOS Catalina 10.15.7 additional update was released. It contains a variety of security updates, including a memory corruption problem (CVE-2020-27930), a type confusion problem (CVE-2020-27932), and a memory initialization problem (CVE-2020-27950).


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