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IOS 12.1 to bring Group FaceTime, dual-SIM support

31 October 2018
IOS 12.1 to bring Group FaceTime, dual-SIM support

Instead of jam-packing the release with a bevy of new features, Apple with iOS 12 made a decision to focus on enhancing the overall user experience. The firmware enables the dual-SIM support of the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, brings Group FaceTime calls with support for up to 32 people at once and adds some 70 new emoji characters.

Finally iOS 12.1 adds depth control for portrait mode shots while in the camera viewfinder (not only in the Photos app).

Apple's updated guide also mentions some features and improvements that were introduced earlier this year with iOS 12, such as enhanced performance for older iOS devices like the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6.

Apple released the first beta of iOS 12.1 last month itself. The feature was unfortunately delayed from the original launch of iOS 12, but we now know it will be included in the public version of iOS 12.1, which is expected to be released later this week to coincide with Apple's October 30th event.

After that, you're all set to enjoy iOS 12.1. Apple says that these will also be coming to Apple Watch and Mac users with a software update, but does not say when.

When calling more than one person, FaceTime displays a notification that lets you instantly join a call without being disruptive.

Group FaceTime is integrated into Messages, so you can initiate a group call from within that app. "Beautygate" is a bug in Apple's iOS camera software that over-corrects selfies to me face appear smoother, so much so that it looks unnatural and before iOS 12.1 there was no way to reduce or even disable the effect of the correction. One can tap a specific person's tile and bring them to center as well.

"If people in a conversation have already started a FaceTime session, Messages shows the active call in the conversation list and inside your conversations", said Apple. Users will be able to activate an additional cellular plan from a carrier without having to use a physical nano-SIM.