Apple issues third iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, tvOS 14.2, watchOS 7.1 developer betas

Apple is on a brand new round of developer betas, with the third batch available to download for iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, watchOS 7.1, and tvOS 14.2.

The newest builds can be downloaded via the Apple Developer Center for those enrolled into the test program, or via an over-the-air update on devices running the beta software. Public betas typically arrive within a few days of the developer versions, via the Apple Beta Software Program website.

The latest batch of betas replace the second round, issued on September 29, and the first on September 17, one day after Apple released the milestone versions of each operating system.

Continuing to be the outlier of the group, macOS Big Sur has yet to see a release of its milestone version, and has previously undertaken nine beta releases. The ninth build appeared on September 29, while the eighth was on September 22.

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Apple releases second public beta of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2

Apple has provided its second beta of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 to public beta testers, just over one week after releasing the first public betas.

In the second beta of iOS 14.2, Apple has introduced a plethora of new emoji, including bubble tea, strawberry, flip flop, and more. The new emoji are part of the Unicode 13 release. In total, there are 58 new characters, faces, objects, and animals coming with iOS 14.2.

Other minor changes include tweaks to the Now Playing screen in Control Center and the Home app.

For those who have the Apple Watch Series 6, iOS 14.2 beta 2 combined with watchOS 7.1 beta 2 bring support back for the new Blood Oxygen app as well as the new watch faces that were missing in the original beta.

The first beta of iOS 14.2 saw Shazam added to Control Center as well as a redesign

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Make your iPad more like a Mac. How to use Apple’s new iPadOS 14 features

There’s an argument to be made that the iPad is actually a computer, just not in the traditional sense. It easily switches from a flat slab of glass you can tap and sketch on with a fingertip or Apple Pencil, to a laptop-like device, complete with a keyboard and trackpad when you need to get work done. 

an open laptop computer sitting on top of a wooden table: iPadOS 14 adds some Mac-like features to Apple's tablet line. Scott Stein/CNET

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iPadOS 14 adds some Mac-like features to Apple’s tablet line. Scott Stein/CNET

Apple’s iPadOS 14 adds plenty of new features to its tablet lineup, like new-look widgets and a more streamlined Siri , but there are also some tools that make the iPad more like a Mac than ever before. Here’s how to install iPadOS 14 on your iPad and how to use the new software tools. 

A new and improved Search tool

If you’ve ever used the Mac’s Spotlight tool to perform quick searches, then you’ll feel

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