Apple seeded the first developer betas of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 less than a week after its public release of iOS 14.
A few days after making major announcements about new products and services during its September "Time flies" event, as well as releasing the new iOS 14 update the day after, Apple announced the release of its first developer beta versions of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2. The Cupertino-based tech giant did not provide any detail regarding changes in this particular update, though some industry observers note that the new versions may include several improvements and perhaps other new features.
Aside from releasing iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2, the company also released developer beta versions of watchOS7.1 and tvOS 14.2. Recently, Apple also announced its release of the macOS Big Sur beta 7 and an Xcode 12.2 beta update which includes references to iOS 14.2 and the other updates.
At the moment, the iOS 14.2 beta update is only available through the Apple Developer portal. This means those who wanted to try out the new iOS versions using the Over-The-Air system would have to wait a little longer. Some say that Apple may have taken cognizance of some complaints aired by users who discovered what appeared to be a "bug" in iOS 14, which may have forced it to release the iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 developer betas. Without any confirmation from Apple, this notion remains as a speculation on the part of a few observers and some iOS device users.
The issue with the new iOS 14 has something to do with the default mail app and browser settings reverting to the original Apple settings after restarting the iOS 14-updated devices. Considered one of the notable new features of iOS 14, Apple allows users to change the default mail and browser app to their preferred third-party apps. The problem is that these changes are wiped out every time users restart the device. Apple did not say whether this is their reason for releasing iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 developer betas.
Many believe, however, that Apple did not release the iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 developer betas to address the aforementioned problems. They say the beta version is exclusively intended for software developers who wanted to test their own apps and before integrating the new technologies in iOS. There were also rumors suggesting that iPhone 12, which is set for release next month, will have iOS 14.2. Apple did not make a comment on the rumors except to confirm that the scheduled release of the iPhone.