In this week’s top stories: The latest rumors on the iPhone 12, new emoji coming with iOS 14.2, a major expansion of HomeKit and AirPlay 2, and debunking an iOS 14 conspiracy theory. Read on for all the week’s top stories.
Apple this week launched the second developer and public beta of iOS 14.2. In addition to the previously known changes in iOS 14.2, the second beta also includes new emoji for users to choose from. A total of 117 new emoji users are coming to iPhone, iPad and Mac users this year, with different skin tone options, new gender-inclusive options and many more.
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In other news, iOS 14.2 also includes another indication that the iPhone 12 will ship without EarPods in the box. iOS has a disclaimer for radio frequency exposure in the Settings app that includes security alerts for users. In iOS 14.2, this warning has been updated to refer only to “headphones” instead of “supplied headphones.” This is another small but remarkable proof that Apple can throw away EarPods and wall chargers with the iPhone 12 this year.
Roku announced that they will add support for Apple’s HomeKit and AirPlay 2 platforms later this year. Roku says that AirPlay 2 and HomeKit functionality will “choose 4K Roku” later this year. Roku’s announcement is particularly notable because of the company’s popular selection of set-top boxes that do not require smart TV features. More details are available in our detailed coverage.
Last but not least, a conspiracy theory spread on Facebook and other social media platforms this week claims that iOS 14 widgets actually act as key loggers and steal your iPhone data. This is unequivocally not true, and there are technical limitations and protections in place. Learn more in our full debunk here
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