News: Apple Releases iOS 14.2.1 for Missing Messages Bug & iPhone 12 Mini Lock Screen Issue

Apple Releases iOS 14.2.1 for Missing Messages Bug & iPhone 12 Mini Lock Screen Issue

Apple released iOS 14.2.1 for iPhone today, Thursday, Nov. 19. The update includes fixes for a bug where some MMS messages might not be received, an issue where iPhone 12 mini lock screens would be unresponsive, and a problem where "Made for iPhone" hearing devices would have sound quality issues when playing from iPhone.

Apple released this update just past 10 a.m. PDT. Interestingly, the software is only for iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max, Apple's latest suite of iPhones. If you have another iPhone running iOS 14, you won't see this update on your device.

iOS 14.2.1 Release Notes

iOS 14.2.1 addresses the following issues for your iPhone:

  • Some MMS messages may not be received
  • Made for iPhone hearing devices could have sound quality issues when listening to audio from iPhone
  • Lock Screen could become unresponsive on iPhone 12 mini

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Interestingly, Apple released another iPhone 12-exclusive update last night. Unlike 14.2.1, this update was simply named 14.2, seemingly identical to the current iOS 14.2 software available on all compatible iPhones. Outlets speculated at the time whether that version of 14.2 including patches for bugs such as missing text messages, but we now know 14.2.1 fixes that issue.

How to Install the Latest Version of iOS on Your iPhone

On your iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, or 12 Pro Max, open the Settings app, then head to General -> Software Updates. From here, follow the on-screen instruction to download and install iOS 14.2.1 on your iPhone. If you have Automatic Updates enabled, you can simply allow your iPhone to update overnight.

Just updated your iPhone? You'll find new emoji, enhanced security, podcast transcripts, Apple Cash virtual numbers, and other useful features. There are even new additions hidden within Safari. Find out what's new and changed on your iPhone with the iOS 17.4 update.

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