iOS 14.2, the latest version of Apple’s iPhone operating software, is now available for download, along with a new iPadOS 14.2 update for iPad users. Along with cosmetic add-ons like new emojis and wallpapers, the software teaches the iPhone a couple of new tricks, including intercom support with thesmart speaker and for the and .
Pitched as an accessibility feature for the blind or vision-impaired, People Detection uses the lidar sensor built onto the backs of theand to detect people within a 15-foot radius of the phone, along with how far away they are. Quick alerts about people nearby could, for instance, help someone who can’t see them tell when to move up while waiting in line.
Meanwhile, intercom support for the Apple HomePod is just what it sounds like — it’ll let you use your phone to broadcast a quick message through the speaker. For example, you could alert family members in another room that dinner is ready. The feature offers similar functionality to what Alexa and the Google Assistant provide through their own smart speakers, and it arrives just in time for the launch of Apple’s new, lower-priced.
As for the emojis, newly added options include more animals, food items and household objects, along with new gender-inclusive emoji.
To download iOS 14.2, head to your iPhone settings and tap General, then Software Update.