Apple released new software updates at an incredible rate. The latest update is a new beta version for iOS 14.2 developers. This beta update includes some notable changes, including a redesigned user interface for playing music in the Control Center. Watch our handy video tutorial as we learn about the new changes and features in iOS 14.2 Beta 1.
What’s new in iOS 14.2 Beta?
The rendering of controls and the AirPlay 2 interface on the lock screen has been updated
The lock screen, which now plays music controls, has been updated with various subtle changes and features. The scrubber control for the playhead display is now larger, as is the control for the volume control. You̵
Other new features include a new AirPlay button design and a new popover style for AirPlay 2 targets. A similar redesign was applied to controlling other AirPlay 2 enabled speakers and televisions on your local network. Be sure to check out the full video tutorial for a hands-on look at what’s new.
Video: Changes and Features of iOS 14.2 Beta 1
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Redesigned AirPlay 2 controls in the Control Center
Similar to the updated lock screen UI, the Control Center playback interface and AirPlay 2 controls have been redesigned.
First and foremost, you’ll find that the album art is much larger in the UI that is now playing. Even if the AirPlay 2 target interface is opened, full playback controls for the currently playing song remain on the screen.
If no media is currently playing, iOS 14.2 Beta 1 will show users a list of suggested media. In the example shown in the video, iOS suggested both recently played music and podcasts.
Other Control Center functions are:
- Quickly see with a practical animation whether other AirPlay 2 devices are active on your network
- Larger scrubber handle and volume handle
- Source icon display (i.e. podcasts or music)
- Time displayed near the scrubber
- Design differences for AirPlay buttons
- The music app also receives the AirPlay Popover update
Another notable feature that we already covered on 9to5mac is the new Shazam Music Recognition CC switch. As explained in a previous post, this new switch allows users to quickly identify music that is currently playing either in the local area or on the device. You can even use the toggle to identify music that is currently being played through headphones.
In addition to the above features, the first beta version of iOS 14.2 includes the following changes:
- Person detection in the magnifying glass app for social distancing
- View the app with the new Apple Watch Solo Loop app icon
- Cut down on loud noise renamed Headphone Safety
- Improve hand washing with analytics
The first public version of iOS 14 has just been released, and yet we already have a brand new beta for iOS 14.2 to discover. While there’s a lot to keep in mind, it’s not exactly surprising that Apple is constantly pushing new beta releases to implement features that didn’t make the cut for iOS 14 and to fix some of the remaining iOS 14 bugs.
What do you think of the new changes to the AirPlay 2 user interface and playback controls in iOS 14.2? Sound off in the comments with your thoughts.
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