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Apple Releases iOS 14.2 Beta 1 to Developers

Just a day after the general release of iOS 14.0 to the public, Apple has already seeded the next “dot” build to developers for testing. Beta 1 of iOS 14.2 was released late yesterday to developers who are registered in the beta program. In addition, iPadOS 14.2 and WatchOS 7.1 were released at the same time on Thursday.

iOS 14.2 is primarily going to be a bug fix release but already one new feature has been found. With this release, you will be able to add a Shazam control to Control Center, allowing you to quickly identify music playing around you without actually having to open up the Shazam app. As you may recall, Apple acquired Shazam back in 2017 and while minor updates have happened since then, there hasn’t been much in the way of deep integrations. This seems to be changing with 14.2.

The Shazam control in Control Center is added through the Settings>Control Center settings on your iPhone. Once added, you can open up Control Center and tap the Shazam control and it will begin listening to the music being played around you and provide a pop-up of the song’s name and artist. You can then navigate to Apple Music to add the music to your library.

There is no timeline on when we will see the first 14.2 beta for public testers but that should be relatively soon unless a major show stopping bug has been discovered by developers. So far this morning, that does not appear to be the case. It is possible it will drop today but more likely sometime next week after devs have had their hands on it a few days.

Equally, there is no timeline for when the release will go to consumers but it is likely going to be early 2021.

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