Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

IOS 12.1 to bring Group FaceTime, dual-SIM support

About iOS 12.1's Group Face Time feature iOS 12.1 Group FaceTime Compatibility: Will Your Device Support It?
| 31 October, 2018, 09:43

Notably, iOS 12.1 introduces a number of compelling features that arguably make it a must-have update.

Today following its Brooklyn keynote event, Apple released iOS 12.1, the first major update since September's iOS 12 brought Shortcuts, Screen Time, and more. "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.

Apple seems to have updated its iPhone User Guide which has revealed that the next version goes iOS will be announced tomorrow.

Unsurprisingly, there is no official reason as to why users have embraced the latest update so quickly but it presumably has something to do with the performance improvements offered by the new release to devices dating back to 2013, as well as the new features that it brings. The ability to video call with up to 32 people on iOS and macOS devices is now available with this update. When calling more than one person, FaceTime will show a notification that'll let you instantly join a call without being distruptive, and Apple also says that all FaceTime calls are end-to-end encrypted so that they remain private.


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

iOS 12.1 also brings Depth Control in real-time preview and dual-SIM support to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR customers. This means that, at this moment in time, the adoption rate of iOS 12 is on par with, or slightly above, the popularity of iOS 10. You can now activate an additional cellular plan from a carrier without having to use a physical nano-SIM.

The dual-sim compatibility was one of the most sought-after features of the new iPhones. T-Mobile has told PCMag that it's working on the feature and that it'll roll out when the software is ready. These new emoji are also coming to the Apple Watch and Mac, according to Apple. "Hey Nilesh! Please be informed that Esim functionality for iPhone XS Max will be available effective 30-Oct when Apple releases iOS 12.1 Thank you, Anmol P", reads the tweet.

If you haven't installed watchOS 5.1 yet, you're better off delaying for now and also making sure you turn off automatic updates.

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