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Apple releases first beta of iOS 12.1, brings Group FaceTime

The iOS 12.1 beta brings Group FaceTime, a feature Apple dropped from final release of iOS 12.

  • Published: September 19, 2018 3:23 PM IST
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Apple has started seeding the first beta of iOS 12.1, an upcoming version of iOS to developers. The update is being released just a day after the company released iOS 12, a major update to its mobile operating system, which runs on close to two billion devices.

All registered developers can download the new iOS 12.1 beta either from Apple’s Developer Center or via over-the-air update by installing proper configuration profile from the Developer Center. It is not immediately clear what new features have been included with the release of iOS 12.1 beta but it needs to be noted that Apple excluded Group FaceTime feature the release candidate for iOS 12. At the time, Apple said that it will introduce the feature in a future update and it could be part of the iOS 12.1 beta release available for developers.

MacRumors reports that Apple has reintroduced Group FaceTime with the new beta release of iOS 12.1. Apple seems to have delayed the public availability of Group FaceTime since it needed more time to test the feature ahead of its release. Group FaceTime is designed to let users audio or video chat with up to 32 people at one time.

The update might also be bringing new emoji support that Apple has been working and plans to include with an iOS 12 update coming later this year. Alongside the new iOS version, Apple has also released a new beta version of Xcode and Xcode 10.1.

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With iOS 12, Apple is taking a new approach to its annual software release cycle. While in the past, Apple has focused on releasing new features at one go, the new update seems to focus on bringing stability and performance improvements. The iOS 12 is compatible with even older models like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and brings significant improvement in terms of performance.

  • Published Date: September 19, 2018 3:23 PM IST