For HomePod users, the update comes with expanded support for new internal communications. With the 14.2 update, you can now stream messages to your family from your iPhone or iPad, which should be even more helpful for people who don’t have a lot of speakers. and, if you have an Apple TV 4K, you can now use your HomePod for surround sound.
The iOS 14.2 release also marks the first major integration with Shazam since Apple bought the app two years ago. With this change, you can now identify tracks using Shazam directly from the Control Center shortcut. In the past, the only way to use Shazam natively was through Siri.
Finally, the update adds new AirPlay 2 controls for media playback that you can access from the lock screen or Control Center. This change results in a larger cover image and gives you easy control over the transmission of the sound to other devices in the house.
The update also comes with regular fixes, including some issues that could be frustrating with Apple’s apps and issues with wireless charging.