iOS 12.1 to roll out tonight with Group FaceTime, new emojis, camera depth control and dual-SIM functionality

Earlier Apple had only seeded the first beta of iOS 12.1 during iPhone launch in September.

  • Published: October 30, 2018 10:38 AM IST
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Apple will be rolling out the latest build of its mobile operating system tonight with more than 70 new emojis, real-time depth control in camera, dual-SIM functionality, and Group FaceTime. The company in a press note shared that iOS 12.1 update will be released on October 30, and it will bring Depth Control in real-time preview and Dual SIM support to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR customers.

The latest update will enable Group FaceTime for everyone on iPhone and iPad as well. The Group FaceTime feature was first introduced at WWDC in June. It enables 32-person FaceTime video conference call at one time. The feature was originally slated for release with iOS 12 and new iPhones launch in September, but Apple only seeded the first beta of iOS 12.1 during that time.

With iOS 12.1, Apple says that FaceTime is more fun and flexible. It will be integrated into the Messages app, making it easy to start a Group FaceTime right from a group iMessage chat.

Additional features coming to FaceTime include automatic detection of active speakers, which means the feature puts prominent speakers on the call to the forefront by using on-device intelligence. It even automatically sizes each person’s image depending upon how active they are in the conversation. The Group FaceTime feature will also add new ringless notification along with encrypted conversations.

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Lastly, the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR will gain dual-SIM support with iOS 12.1. These new iPhone models feature a nano-SIM and digital eSIM. Users after the update will be able to activate an additional cellular plan from a carrier without having to use a physical nano-SIM.

  • Published Date: October 30, 2018 10:38 AM IST