News: Apple Releases iOS 14.2 Developer Beta 4 for iPhone, Introduces Eight New Wallpapers

Apple Releases iOS 14.2 Developer Beta 4 for iPhone, Introduces Eight New Wallpapers

Apple just released the fourth developer beta for iOS 14.2 today, Tuesday, Oct. 20. The new update introduces eight new dynamic wallpapers, including four real-life landscapes, and four digital landscapes.

Apple released this update just past 1 p.m. PDT, an unusual release time for a developer beta. While Apple typically releases developer betas at 10 a.m. PDT, that time-slot was already taken by the general release of iOS 14.1, which added support for 10-bit video playback and editing on iPhone 8 and later.

Full Wallpapers

The update comes one week after the company seeded developers iOS 14.2 beta 3, which introduced new glyphs for HomePod mini and Beats Flex, support for HomePod's upcoming "Intercom" feature, new Core Media features, and SwiftUI fixes.

It's important to note this is a developer update, not a public update. If you're a public beta tester, you won't see this update on your iPhone. Instead, you'll need to wait for Apple to release iOS 14.2 public beta 4, which we expect to see at 10 a.m. PDT tomorrow.

iOS & iPadOS 14.2 Beta 4 Release Notes


The iOS & iPadOS 14.2 SDK provides support to develop apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS & iPadOS 14.2. The SDK comes bundled with Xcode 12.2 beta 3, available from Beta Software Downloads. For information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 12.2, see Xcode 12.2 Beta 3 Release Notes.

General: Known Issues

  • Restore Image updates aren't currently supported for iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation). (70176642) Workaround: Use Software Update instead.

Intercom: Known Issues

  • You're currently unable to play or reply to Intercom notifications. (70470421)

How to Download & Install the Latest iOS Beta

To update your iPhone to iOS 14.2 dev beta 4, you'll need to be a registered developer. You can use the restore image for your iPhone available in the Developer portal (install with iTunes or Finder) or install the configuration profile, then update over the air. If you already have the profile installed on your iPhone, head over to Settings –> General –> Software Update to start installing the latest beta build, or you can wait until it installs automatically if "Automatic Updates" is enabled.

Just updated your iPhone? You'll find new features for Podcasts, News, Books, and TV, as well as important security improvements and fresh wallpapers. Find out what's new and changed on your iPhone with the iOS 17.5 update.

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